Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) Project

Background Narrative

TRIMING is a four-year contract with Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Water Resources that aims to strengthen the quality of and access to productivity enhancing and market access services for 130,000 farmers within and near the following four rehabilitated irrigation schemes in Northern Nigeria: Bakolori Irrigation Scheme in Zamfara state, Middle Rima Irrigation Scheme in Sokoto state, and Kano River Irrigation Scheme and Hadejia Valley Irrigation Scheme in Jigawa state. The project will provide technical assistance to establish a Farmers’ Management and Service Delivery Center (FMSDC) at each irrigation scheme and to initiate strong forward and backward linkages along the value chains, using the productive alliance model.


The overall objective of TRIMING is to improve the agricultural service delivery and productivity of the four selected irrigation schemes and to enhance farmers’ linkages to markets. TRIMING will accomplish this through the following objectives:

  • Develop a value chain development strategy for improving the productivity of smallholder crops and livestock and fish farmers in targeted irrigation schemes and facilitating their linkages to input, output, and service markets.
  • Undertake value chain development activities for structuring business partnerships between smallholder farmers, offtakes, input suppliers, mechanization service providers, and financial institutions for a period of up to two years, before established FMSDCs can start playing this role.
  • Establish and develop the capacity of FMSDCs in each targeted irrigation scheme to accomplish the following: sustainably provide technical services to farmer organizations and other value chain players in the areas of accounting and financial management; establish outgrower schemes and other forms of market linkages; facilitate access to mechanization, extension, and financial services; and facilitate access to input supply.
  • Support the Project Management Unit (PMU) in design and implementation of a matching grant mechanism planned under the project for funding critical activities along the value chains.
  • Provide training and capacity building of various stakeholders involved in the value chains, including extension service providers, scheme oversight committees, and any other key players.

To meet the above objectives, ACDI/VOCA will:

  • work with FMSDCs to reform them as one-stop shops for needed input and output services
  • provide farmers with technical and management training
  • establish linkages between farmers, FMSDCs, and commercial business partners.

By the end of five years, TRIMING is expected to:

  • establish four FMSDCs operating at full cost recovery
  • train 130,000 farmers on enhanced technologies and practices, improved harvest and post-harvest management, and marketing of key crops, livestock, and fish
  • strengthen market linkages for four farmer federations and 20 secondary farmer organizations
  • form or restructure 2,000 primary producer groups for commercially oriented joint action in adoption of good irrigated agronomy practices
  • establish a structured market for project marketed commodities, comprised of at least 100 produce collection centers and 20 certified warehouses
  • support 20 secondary farmer organizations and establish business partnerships with large offtakers, financial institutions, input suppliers, and mechanization service providers
  • ensure that at least 60 percent of targeted farmers have improved access to financing for inputs and mechanization services and contractual business relationships with offtakers

Funder: World Bank


Chief of Party: James Mbwika,

Project Director: Nadia Namken,

Project Specialist: Johana de la Cruz,

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