Journal of
African Studies and Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Afr. Stud. Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2189
  • DOI: 10.5897/JASD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 213

Article in Press

Evaluating the development impact of Fadama III project on smallholder farmers: Empirical evidence from Ebonyi State, Nigeria


  •  Received: 02 March 2021
  •  Accepted: 16 April 2021
According to the World Bank, Nigeria has over 100 million people living below the US$1.90 poverty line. Most of these poor people are rural smallholder farmers. Fadama III project is an ongoing agricultural intervention aimed at alleviating poverty and food insecurity amongst smallholder farmers in Nigeria. The success of this project is important for achieving SDG 1 and SDG 2 in Nigeria, yet little is known about the developmental impact of this project on smallholder farmers. It is against this background that this study evaluated the development impact of the Fadama III project on the food security, income, and crop yield of smallholder farmers. The study used a quasi-experimental design and propensity score matching to analyze primary data collected from 300 farmers. Data was collected using a questionnaire survey and farmers were sampled using the multistage random sampling technique. The results show that food security (ATT -1.3), farm income (ATT 342553), and crop yield (ATT 1.2) were statistically significant at 5% level of significance. This suggests that Fadama III reduces food insecurity by 1.3 points on the household hunger scale and increases farmers' income by ?342553 (local currency) and their crop yield by 1.2 tons per hectare. The study concluded that the Fadama III project increases food security, income, and crop yield of smallholder farmers' and thus successful in helping to achieve SDG 1 and SDG 2 in Nigeria.

Keywords: Fadama III, Crop Yield, Food Security, Farm Income, Smallholder Farmers