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Germany lauds foundation on Nigeria’s agribusiness projects

Oladipupo Akoni, CEO and country representative of AFOS Nigeria said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

• March 27, 2024

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) Germany has commended the AFOS Foundation, a civil advocacy organisation, for its commitment to agribusiness projects in Nigeria.

Oladipupo Akoni, CEO and country representative of AFOS Nigeria said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

He attributed the commendation to the senior policy officer of BMZ, Manuel Neumann, at a one-day meeting held with top officers of the foundation in Lagos.

He said the meeting was convened to appraise the AFOS projects and interventions in Nigeria and Africa, discuss opportunities for further collaboration with the BMZ, and explore ways to enhance AFOS’ existing projects.

According to him, Neumann specifically lauded the foundation’s effort in capacity building across Nigeria’s agribusiness and entrepreneurial value chains for the successes recorded on its ongoing projects in Nigeria.

AFOS’s managing director, Bernhard Vester, explained that the completion of the agricultural training centre building and the commencement of in-class TVET, agrifinance, and management training marked a major milestone in the foundation’s mission.

According to him, the foundation’s mission is to empower agripreneurs to thrive while fostering inclusive and resilient economic growth in Nigeria.

Speaking on the importance of the projects for Nigeria, Mr Akoni said AFOS’ projects in Nigeria “are helping to address the issues of food insecurity, extreme poverty, unemployment and massive migration” of the young population through capacity building of the agricultural sector.

Similarly, Dietmar Speckmaier, an expert at AFOS Nigeria-INGO, said the foundation’s mission was to promote sustainable agricultural growth in Nigeria.

(NAN)

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