Feed the Future and Nestle Maize Quality Improvement Partnership
The three-year Feed the Future Nigeria and Nestle Maize Quality Improvement Partnership (M-QIP) will enhance the quality and safety of maize and soybeans available to Nestlé while supporting USAID’s goals of revitalizing Nigeria’s agriculture sector and improving health and nutrition along these cereal value chains.
Starting in June 2017 and scheduled to close in May 2020, the $1.9 million M-QIP program will improve the agricultural practices of over 20,000 smallholder farmers—more than 8,000 of whom are women—in order to supply Nestlé with at least 11,000 MT of maize and 6,000 MT of soybeans that meet or exceed its grains-reception criteria. In doing so, M-QIP will enhance relationships along both the maize and soybean supply chains, increase farmers’ sales of maize and soybeans, and improve the health of rural communities by promoting the consumption of safer products.
CNFA will work to leverage the strengths of its partners for the realization of a healthier and more food secure Nigeria by collaborating with education, research, and development partners, including Purdue University, the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA), and the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Lifelong Learning (CESLL) under the National Open University of Nigeria.
CNFA will utilize a whole-of-supply-chain approach to enhance the quality, safety, and transparency of the Nestlé supply chain in alignment with its “shared value” approach.
M-QIP’s two main components are as follows:
- Capacity Building of Smallholder Farmer Suppliers: To catalyze better conduct and performance in the maize and soybean value chains in Kaduna State, our activities will focus on the three main stakeholder groups within the maize and soy supply chains: smallholder farmers, intermediaries, and input retailers. CNFA will design and deliver a customized Afla-GAP Training program for these key supply chain actors that increases knowledge and skills, alongside the catalization and facilitation of communications, relationship-building, and knowledge-sharing across complex groups of beneficiaries.
- Capacity Building of Local Organizations: With the support of the youth from the Nigeria Youth Service Corps program, M-QIP will catalog and map the many associations and cooperatives that play a role in improving the yield and product quality of smallholder farmers in the maize and soybean growing regions and along market routes, overlaying Nestlé current sourcing areas and storage networks to identify the organizations most useful to acheiving M-QIP’s objectives. Through this process, CNFA will kick-start and sustain engagement with the M-QIP program with all stakeholders, including Nestlé corporate employees, farmers’ associations, government extension service providers, and community leaders.