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Nigeria is a key beneficiary of the Islamic Development Bank’s financing in Africa with a total portfolio of approved operations amounting to US$ 1.8 billion.

The IsDB Group’s financial support for the country is diverse, covering broad sectors of the economy such as agriculture, sanitation, transport, energy, education, and health.

Agriculture infrastructure projects account for 29 % of IsDB’s financing for Nigeria, and Kano, the country’s most populous state is the sole beneficiary of the Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project, KSADP.

The Islamic Development Bank, the Lives and Livelihood Funds and the government of Kano state are financing the KSADP, a $95 million project, aimed at empowering peasant farmers and pastoralists to grow more food by developing the necessary basic infrastructure and integrated pastoralism, in addition to mitigating farmers-herdsmen conflict, due to transhumance.

Therefore, the recent visit by the President of the Islamic Development Bank, Dr. Muhammad Al Jasser to Kano, to commission some projects executed by KSADP, underscores the commitment of the bank, to enhance the cooperation between Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy and the IsDB Group within the framework of the new strategy of the Islamic Development Bank. This will positively impact the living condition of the people.

During the visit, the president commissioned the ultra-modern veterinary reference laboratory at Gwale Vet Hospital, constructed and equipped by the Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project. It is the first of its kind to be owned by any state government in Northern Nigeria, expected to serve not only Kano but other 19 states in the region. The laboratory will play a vital role in the surveillance and diagnosing infectious animal diseases, in view of their impact on public health.


Consistent with the bank’s determination to reduce poverty and strengthening food and nutrition security, Dr. Al Jaseer inspected the renovated Watari Dam Irrigation infrastructure and inaugurated the expansion of the Watari Irrigation Scheme by 1,006 hectares.

This intervention, also funded by the bank, will provide year-round farming opportunity for at least 4, 000 new farmers of rice, maize and vegetables, translating into a big leap in terms of food security in Kano state.

Also launched by the IsDB President was a goat reproduction empowerment program for rural women, a women’s nutrition and income-generation intervention and a climate-smart agriculture programme.

Dr. Muhammad Al Jasser, was happy that rural women in Kano are engaged in productive agro-processing ventures to support their families and improve their children’s nutrition through the IsDB-Lives and Livelihood Fund projects.

The Islamic Development Bank President was also treated to a colorful durbar at the historic royal palace of Kano, by His Highness, the Emir, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero.

At the Government House, in Kano, the IsDB President was hosted by the state deputy governor, Nasiru Gawuna. Dr. Jaseer appreciated the Deputy Governor for his astute leadership in following up on the project since its formative stage. He committed IsDB’s support to more projects for the State of Kano, especially in agriculture and education.

The IsDB president further reiterated that the project is the Bank’s contribution to poverty reduction and strengthening food and nutrition security in the state.

Key stakeholders in Kano, especially the state government, farmers and pastoralists, are hopeful that the visit by the bank’s President’s visit will bring greater prospects to the economic development of the state.

Ameen K. Yassar

Communication Specialist, KSADP

28th October, 2022


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