Published on 28 Mar 2013. (www.abndigital.com)
Small farmers in Nigeria have endured decades of neglect and corruption. As the country produced more and more crude oil in the 1960s and 70s, the agriculture sector that provided food for Nigeria's people and accounted for the lion's share of foreign exchange earnings took a back seat. Subsequent attempts to turn around the sector have been frustrated by endemic corruption in the supply of key ingredients like fertilizers and seedlings but a new approach to reviving the sector has provided a lifeline to farmers across the country.