This study investigates World Bank intervention programme known as Fadama 111 in the growth of the agricultural sector in Anambra state – Nigeria. Specifically, it seeks to examine the scope and nature agricultural production before and after Fadama 111, and the factors that militated against the programme and its effects. A survey method of data gathering with the aid of questionnaire was adopted. From a population of 5,500 Fadama 111 recipient farmers, a sample of 373 was randomly chosen using Taro Yemane formula for determining sample size (although the actual number of questionnaires distributed and analysed was 336), while data was analysed using measures of central tendencies in the SPSS version 20.0. The results of analysis reveal among others that majority are poor subsistence farmers prior to Fadama 111; fadama 111 intervention lead to the expansion and diversification of farm produce; and increase in quantity of farm produce and profits. It further reveals that farmers were not re-investing substantial part of their profits, grains and seedlings. None release of substantial part of the intervention funds, lack of political will, and natural disasters were among the problems that hindered the implementation of the intervention programme and its effect. In addition to other, the paper recommends regular training and empowerment workshop for farmers, and more access to government interventions and credits for the sustenance of Fadama 111 impact.
Keywords: Agricultural sector, World bank, intervention, Fadama 111, crop farming, animal farming, agro medicals, growth, Anambra state