A. ACCESS TO INPUTS AND MITIGATING IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE FOR SMALLHOLDER FARMERS.
Smallholder farmers are daily faced with challenges ranging from low yield, cropping intensity, near absence of quality seeds and other farm inputs then, the negative impacts of climate change.
SEEDI will be working with partners to highlight and cause to be brought to the front burner of discussions, the challenges faced by smallholder farmers.
Smallholder farmers need to understand and adopt good agricultural practices, have increased access to quality farm inputs and better adapt and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change.
B. ADVOCACY CAMPAIGNS FOR IMPROVED BROADBAND PENETRATION AND REDUCED INTERNET COST.
ICT development in Nigeria in the last decade is as is driven by private enterprises, largely with foreign funds, with little contribution from the Nigerian government and its agencies.
SEEDI will be working with a range of partners to advocate for increased attention from the government towards addressing the bottlenecks to developing the ICT sector in Nigeria. We will be working with key government agencies to address the challenges faced by new entrants into ICT in Nigeria and also, advocate for increased access to affordable internet in Nigeria.
SEEDI will engage with and have first-hand interactions, small and upcoming techprenuers with a view to understanding the challenges they are faced and then, convene a series of public-private-dialogues to highlight these challenges.
C. INFORMAL SECTOR DEVELOPMENT
The informal sector in Nigeria has remained unstructured and without support from government across all levels and as such, the potential of the sector remains hugely untapped.
In the Federal Capital Territory, we will be working the Abuja Environmental Protection Board and the FCT administration to begin a series of public-private-dialogues to (a) establish a need for regulated street trading in the FCT (b) address issues around regulating the informal sector and (c) work with the city authorities to designate street trading corners in the FCT.
SEEDI will be working with street traders in the FCT to better understand the need for them to appreciate the need for government to have a firm regulatory regime over their activities and also, work with them to formalize their associations and keep their operations at levels that will ensure minimal disruption to the city center.
SEEDI will work with the FCT administration and the Abuja Environmental Protection Board to adopt a temporal arrangement for accommodating street traders within defined parameters and for that to be used as a case study to integrating street traders into the city center.