The Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises Project for the Niger Delta (LIFE-ND ) is a project of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN ) designed in collaboration with International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD ) and Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC ).
— which would help an estimated four thousand small holder farmers benefit from the programme in the state. LIFE-ND project will run for six years with a loan of ten million dollars per state
LIFE-ND program is basically to promote agriculture businesses for the youths.
Participating States : 9
Cross River State
Edo State &
Akwa Ibom State
Imo State &
LIFE-ND will primarily target;
LIFE-ND – 25,500 +
NDDC – 12,750) youth and women beneficiaries as Incubatees (Trainees) that will come out of the Incubation System with their own profitable enterprises;
70%) smallholder farmers and
30%) processors/marketers, and eventually serve as Incubators themselves.
It will also target about 900 (
LIFE-ND – 600 + NDDC – 300) established and potential enterprise Incubators as a pathway for job creation and economic empowerment of the beneficiaries.
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The beneficiaries will be youth aged 18 to 35 years and women headed households with children under the age of 15.
Overall, 19,125 male youth (50%) and 19,125 women (50%)
[female youth 60% (11,475) and women headed households 40% (7,650) ].
The beneficiaries will be selected at;
the village level,
while Incubators will be identified on the basis of their involvement in market linkage activities;
adoption of out-grower model;
experience in the incubation of new enterprises; and
technical, financial, managerial and infrastructure capacity to mentor the assigned Incubatees (Trainees) to apprentices.