Project Profile

Farmer Managed Renewable Energy Production In Katsina State Under The Energizing Access To Sustainable Energy Project

About the Project

The EU project on sustainable development of farm Agroforestry and fuel wood conservation system in North west Katsina State is a project of the Farmer managed renewable energy production in Katsina state under the energizing access to sustainable energy project. The project was signed into action on 8th August, 2014 with 80% funding support from the European Union (EU). The EU and the National Planning Commission (NPC) are the contracting authority while Ibrahim Shehu Shema Centre for Renewable Energy Research, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University as the implementing partner.

The other co-applicants to the project are:

• Department of Forestry, Katsina

• Katsina Youth Craft Village

• Ministry of Environment, Katsina State

The project covers 5 LGAs namely, Batagarawa, Batsari, Jibiya, Kaita and Rimi and is to run for a period of 48 months.

The aim of the project is to sustainably improve the fuel-wood balance and resilience of livelihoods of rural households in the LGAs by increasing wood supply through farm agro forestry management including farmer managed natural regeneration whilst reducing fuel wood demand through dissemination and use of efficient fire wood stoves.

The Objectives of the project are as follows:

• To increase wood supply in the selected LGAs by 50% through extensive farm agro-forestry expansion program.

• To establish mechanism for sustainable community driven economic reforestation through farm agro-forestry and NWFP processing.

• To reduce fuel wood consumption through mass popularization, production and dissemination of improved wood stoves

• To establish regulatory framework for controlled harvesting of trees as well as use of improved wood stoves.

To achieve this, the project shall undertake the following activities:

• Imparting Skills on farm agro-forestry management, including nursery management to at least 2000 farmers in the affected LGAs.

• Improvement in processing of agro forestry produce with at least 150,000 youth and women engaged in processing of the NWFP agro-forestry farm produce for income generation.

• Increase in agro-forestry farms in the affected LGAs with at least 100,000 hectares of new farmland cultivated and 500 private nurseries across the LGAs.

• Community driven supply chain of improved mud wood stoves in place with capacity to produce and market at least 5000 stoves annually in each of the affected LGAs.

• Policy and regulatory framework for controlled harvest of fuel wood in place in the State.