Minister of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Hosts Donor Forum to Scale Up GES TAP
27 October 2014 – Abuja, Nigeria
The Honorable Minister of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, together with the Country Representative of the World Bank, Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, hosted a donor forum, seeking to upscale the Growth Enhancement Support Touch and Pay (GES TAP) project that was implemented in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Sokoto state this year. The forum, which was organized by the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), was attended by representatives of bilateral organizations (U.S. Agency for International Development, U.K. Department for International Development among others), non-governmental organizations (International Fertilizer Development Center, AFAP), government organizations (Central Bank of Nigeria, National Identity Management Commision) and private sector organizations (Consult Hyperion, and fertilizer suppliers). Participants from other countries also joined in via video-conference from Ghana, Mozambique, Morocco, Uganda, United States, and the United Kindgom.
The GES TAP program focuses on a unique technology that utilizes mobile tablets that can be operated offline (without network services), ensuring easy and efficient registration of farmers in remote rural areas. This addresses the major challenge of targeting beneficiaries living outside of the mobile network coverage. Other benefits of GES TAP include: quick processing of farmers during the registration and redemption phase of the project; a strong audit trail that reduces fraudulent claims against beneficiary accounts, increasing transparency of the system; and availability of robust and secured data. According to Minister Adesina, a farmer reportedly spent about three hours in 2013 accessing his inputs, and in 2014 the same farmer redeemed his inputs using the TAP technology in just five minutes. Adesina further highighted that all the details necessary for redemption were in the TAP card that the farmer obtained during farmer registration.
AFAP representative, Scott Wallace, stated that “the technology is a game-changer for countries that seek to use voucher programs to strengthen private sector investments and ensure proper farmer targeting with the ability to expand into supply chain management, financial application and other applications.” Affirming this statement, Dr. Walter Ahrey, Coordinator for the Nigeria Agricultural Payment Initiative (NAPI) with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), explained that the CBN is investigating how to utilize the TAP technology in its implementation of NAPI. Ahrey stated, “the Integration of the TAP technology into NAPI will be an exciting exercise because of its ability to enable mass registration of farmers using an offline technology.”
Notes to Editor
The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) works with both public and private sector organizations with an aim to promote private-sector fertilizer investments in Africa with an end goal of ensuring smallholder farmers capture the benefits. The GES-TAP scheme is seen as a private-sector friendly approach to facilitate a targeted input support mechanism ensuring market transparency, while at the same time allowing input companies to use the platform to further develop and strengthen their marketing channels.
The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is a public international organization addressing critical issues such as international food security, the alleviation of global hunger and poverty, environmental protection and the promotion of economic development and self-sufficiency through the use of agricultural technologies including fertilizers and other inputs.
The organization has focused on increasing food security in over 100 developing countries. Since 2001, IFDC has been active in Nigeria and has implemented over a dozen projects in the country.
For more information, visit: http://www.ifdc.org/
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About GES-TAP Pilot
Recognizing the importance of building adequate agro-input distribution systems, IFDC with funds from DFID, implemented the GES-TAP project from January to September 2014 in FCT and Sokoto state. Using the TAP technology, more than 500,000 farmers were registered, and more than 75% of these farmers utilized their TAP cards to access subsidized inputs.
Based on the results achieved, the Federal Government seeks to up-scale the implementation of this project in six additional states in the country. These states will cover the six geo-graphical zones of Nigeria. Click here to read more: http://leadership.ng/business/380237/ges-agric-ministry-ifdc-tap-new-ict-platform