LAPO Boosts Food Security With N2.2bn

The Executive Director of Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO), Sabina Idowu-Osehobo has expressed the organization’s determination to address the problem of food security in Nigeria through rural agricultural financing.

Declaring open a 2-day training for staff of the LAPO Agricultural and Rural Development Initiative (LARDI), Idowu-Osehobo said the organization supported 92,156 clients engaged in agricultural activities with N2.2 billion between January and May, 2017.

Represented by Tessa Anota-Aizebeokhai, Manager, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Idowu-Osehobo said LAPO has over the years evolved robust and viable institutions well equipped with systems and structures capable of delivering sound economic, social and health services in the fight against poverty.

She noted that LARDI was entrusted with the mandate to improve the quality of life of rural dwellers through committed support for livelihood activities intended to energize and drive the rural economy.

Idowu-Osehobo said LAPO addresses challenges limiting farmers’ productivity and income such as non-availability of inputs for improved farm yield and limited access to finance, adding that the organization equally builds the capacity of rural farmers through on-farm demonstration and training.

She expressed delight that beneficiaries who were hitherto engaged in subsistence farming have expanded their farm enterprises with improved income for their families and savings for future investment.

Idowu-Osehobo said the organization has just developed a 5-year growth strategy with People, Technology, Products and Performance as strategic pillars.

She charged the staff to remain guided by the organization’s core values of integrity, innovativeness, simplicity and excellence, which has continued to sustain the organization.

 

Benin City                                           June 28, 2017