Steve Wiggins

By Steve Wiggins


The “Making the Connection” conference on agricultural value chains is remarkable for the degree to which so many of those speaking agree on the key elements of linking small farmers to markets. A broad consensus can readily be seen.

So what do people agree on? Four sets of thoughts stand out:

Firstly, there are fundamentals which governments have to provide. This is to say, an enabling environment made up of peace, macro-economic stability, clear property rights, basic contract law, weights and measures as well as rural public goods that private firms and citizens will not supply: roads, electricity; education, clean water, health care; and agricultural research and extension. When these are missing, then it’s hard for private and collective efforts to prosper.

Secondly, business models must confer realizable benefits for all in the supply chain, not least smallholders. This includes targeting the most…

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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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