In 1998, African Citizens Development Foundation established the Society for Shelter, Education, Food and Agricultural Development in Africa (ASSEFAD) duly registered as a Civil Society Organization with the mandate to work with the peasant rural and urban farmers who are known to be producing more than 90% of locally produced farm products but are often entirely excluded from the scheme of development with little or no access to funding and training that will support their work.
The ASSEFAD Council was mandated to organize these farmers into community cluster groups, offer them training on the latest developments in farming and agricultural techniques and position them to join forces towards achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG)
#1: to end poverty and hunger by the year 2015
In 2003, ACDF established a private ‘Millennium Village’ on its large expanse of farmland at Okeludu, Ijebu-Imusin in the Ijebu-East local government area of Ogun State, Nigeria where accredited cluster farmers work. ASSEFAD Women in Agriculture (AWA) process and market all farm products produced by their male counterparts.
Three more Millennium Villages have since been replicated by the ASSEFAD Cluster Groups in Sagamu, Ogun State, Port-Harcourt in Rivers State and Zaria in Kaduna State.
ACDF plans to encourage ASSEFAD community farmers to continue to replicate the ‘Millennium Village’ initiative at every local government area across Africa for sustainable food security on the continent, in view of the abundant natural resources.