The Climate Change Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Programme (CASP) is a comprehensive six-year action program designed to adapt to the challenges relative to an evolving climate change environment.
Conceived by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in close collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Federal Ministry of Environment (FME), other Federal Ministries, state and local governments, as well as other key stakeholders (international donors, private operators and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), CASP is primarily designed to promote sustainable food production for the elimination of hunger and food insecurity.
CASP’s operational philosophy is to reduce rural poverty, enhance food security and eliminate hunger, accelerate sustainable economic growth and reduce vulnerability for smallholder farmers, particularly women and youth in rural communities. Essentially, the prime logic of the Programme is to consolidate the gains derived from a previous project – Community Based Agriculture and Rural Development Programme (CBARDP) – which is consistent with the Federal Government’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) fashioned to popularise and stimulate food production in Nigeria. To make it an enduring project, CASP is designed to integrate climate change resilience adaptation measures.
CASP will be implemented in the Savannah Belt of Nigeria – the seven Northern states of Borno, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara – and will involve widening, deepening and building on activities in the Local Government Areas that participated in CBARDP.