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Successive administration in Nigeria has initiated different projects with the aim of improving the income and productivity of the small-scale rural farmers thereby ensuring food security. However, most of these projects have not achieved the desired goal of improving the productivity, income and the living standard of the poor rural farmers in Nigeria. It is on record that since independence, the Government of Nigeria in collaboration with many international donor agencies such as the United Nations, International Fund for Agricultural Development, World Bank etc, have initiated many Agricultural Development related projects to support the rural farmers, of which, the National Fadama Development Project is one of them. This study attempted to assess the impact of Fadama III Additional Financing (AF) on the yield and income of the participating communities. The results indicates that, farmer’s crop yield increased significantly as a result of participating in Fadama III (AF) Interventions; this is a welcome development because the project has succeeded in empowering rural farmers through increase in crop yield, and which in turn translate into increase in income of the beneficiaries. It is recommended that, the project be sustained by the state government in collaboration with benefiting Local Government Areas in order to extent the benefits of the project from one generation to another to allow the full-blown achievements of the project.
Key words: Fadama III AF, yield, income and Sokoto State.
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