The reduction of poverty is the most difficult challenge facing any country in the developing world where on average, the majority of the population is considered poor. In Nigeria, the number of those in poverty has continued to increase.

Nigeria has been ranked 153rd with human development index of 0.471 in 2013 UNDP Human Development Index.

The Country’s employment crisis worsened in the first quarter of 2016, with unemployment rate rising to 12.1 % according to the NBS, Nigeria.

According to government statistics 38% of those under 24 are unemployed, but the World Bank estimates this number to be much higher.

Agriculture is the main source of livelihood in Nigeria, especially in the rural areas and is plagued with various problems.

The farm sector employs about two-thirds of the country’s total labor force and provides a livelihood for about 90% of the rural population (IFAD, 2009).


  • CIDAR helped Leprosy affected families of Kebbi in their rehabilitation and resettlemen
  • CIDAR has supported 45 families in Jigawa state for Self-Help Group formation, raising funds and providing matching amount to take-up income generating activities
  • In Birnin Kebbi, CIDAR is working with Ammanawa community since 2004, forming SHGs and inculcating savings habit
  • CIDAR provided she-goats to 16 families in Birnin Kebbi