AGRICULTURAL TRANSFORMATION AGENDA AND THE ATTAINMENT OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS 1 AND 2 IN NIGERIA: A STUDY OF FADAMA III ADDITIONAL FINANCING FOR RICE PRODUCTION IN ENUGU STATE
Agriculture is the bedrock of food security and means of sustainable development in Nigeria in the pre and post-independence era, until 1970s during the emergency of oil boom in Nigeria. The unprecedented rise and consequent sale of the product pushed Nigeria away from agriculture to oil there by leading to unimaginable neglect and abandon of her mighty man of valour, these abandonment led to increased decline in food security and sustainable development thereby a continuous increase in poverty and hunger until the federal government through agricultural reform programmes decided to resuscitate the sector with the introduction of agricultural transformation agenda. Using the multistage research methodology and evaluation theory, this study is aimed at assessing the agricultural transformation agenda policy contribution towards the eradication of hunger and poverty in Nigeria using fadama III additional funding (AF) for rice production in Enugu State. The researcher find out among that World Bank gave out $200M grants to Nigeria in which Enugu state got $13,550,215.08. Which is (N3,550,143,817.76) in naira, the reform drastically reduced hunger and poverty through the assistant given by Enugu-State government. Inferring from the above, the researcher recommended the appointment of a farmer who could be able to understand the body language of their colleagues and proffer solutions. The research concluded with a call to stake-holders to hasten up efforts towards agricultural transformation in Nigeria.