The governments of Brazil and Nigeria have signed an agreement to boost agricultural production in the African country. The “Nigeria-Brazil Agricultural Development Programme”, also know as the “Green Imperative”, will entail the introduction of advanced Brazilian agricultural equipment in Nigeria and also facilitate the establishment of Training Centres for Nigerian Farmers across the country.
The Green Imperative is the largest scale agricultural project that ever took place within Nigeria’s territory. According by the plan developed by “Fundação Getúlio Vargas” (Getúlio Vargas Foundation – FGV), the initial funding will exceed 1 billion dollars divided between BNDES (Brazilian Development Bank) and Deutsche Bank.
The launch of the programme took place in Abuja last January after being discussed during the past few years. In 2016, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Nigeria, Audu Ogbeh, attended the Brazil Africa Forum. During the event Minister Ogbeh addressed his interest in Brazilian agricultural technologies, confirming future acquisitions of equipment. The Nigerian Minister also had the chance to meet with the Brazilian Minister of Agriculture at the time, Blairo Maggi.
The Brazil Africa Forum 2019 will be held on November 12th, 13th in São Paulo, Brazil, with the main theme “Food secutiry: path to economic growth”. Registration is open.