A grant of $40,000 was awarded in 2013 from the Global Food Crisis Fund to the Integrated Community Based Development Programme (ICBDP) of the Rural Development Department of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), in order to expand its agricultural services. The centerpiece of this new effort has been a poultry project for egg production and to provide day-old chicks to farmers in northeastern Nigeria using half of the grant ($20,000).
After one year of operation, ICBDP reports total net monthly sales averaging N400,000 in the Nigerian currency the Naira ($2,500), with an anticipated accumulated net profit of N4,000,000 ($25,000) by the end of 2014.
Part two of ICBDP’s expansion has begun. Its objective is to supply quality fertilizer to its farming clients. ICBDP has entered into a contractual agreement with a well-known fertilizer company in Nigeria.
In recent correspondence received by Global Food Crisis Fund manager Jeff Boshart, head of the ICBDP department Markus Vashawa describes how eggs are purchased by the crate by many vendors or “hawkers” who then sell these eggs in rural villages. The majority of the customers are Muslims because they believe in the quality of Christian products.
In conclusion, Vashawa sends his appreciation for support from the Church of the Brethren and the Global Food Crisis Fund. He writes: “May the almighty God continue to strengthen our relationship in providing services to his people. We can’t do anything except God is by our side to inspire us in his direction.”
-- Jeff Boshart is manager of the Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Crisis Fund.
Source: 7/1/2014 Newsline