National Agency for Great Green Wall, NAGGW, has ensured that the GGW Initiative will engage rural communities in its quest to address the menace of degradation and desertification in the country.
The agency said in achieving this, it has commenced a capacity Assessment Workshop on Action Against Desertification, ADD, in collaboration with the Food and Agricultural Organisation, FAO, in Sokoto.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Director General, NAGGW, Mr. Goni Ahmed, said as a framework of action for rural development, the Great Green Wall programme is important to rural families, adding that it is designed to improve the sustainability, integration and adaptability of dryland agricultural practices to enhance crop production, livestock and fisheries.
Others include: To promote commercialization and marketing of agricultural products, enhance accessibility of farmers, pastoralists and other land users to agricultural inputs, increase security and accessibility to basic resources by affected people especially women among others.
Ahmed, represented by Head, Afforestation Programme Coordinating Unit, APCU, Kano, Mr. Saminu Ado said the NAGGW approach to the rural development, include provision of opportunities to the grass roots to participate fully in the development programmes and involving the beneficiaries in the development process.
The DG applauded the FAO for its agency and the GGW programme in Nigeria, recalling that a similar workshop was organized a year ago by FAO in Niamey, Republic of Niger on Baseline Assessment and Ongoing Monitoring of Agrosilvo pastoral System which five staff of the Agency participated.

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