Here are answers to questions we are commonly asked. If you have a question that is not answered on this page, please see our Contact us page for information on how to reach us.

Q – Why is the BATNF focused only on rural areas? 
A – We are guided by our vision of a Nigeria in which poverty has been significantly reduced in rural communities.  

Q – I work with poor communities and need funding. /My community’s cooperative needs financial support. Can the BATNF help us?
A – You can find more details in the Call for proposals section of this site.  Please note that grants are rarely given to individuals.

Q – Is the BATNF part of BAT Nigeria?
A – The BATNF is an independent charity that was set up by BAT Nigeria as part of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Government. The BATNF’s activities are funded by an annual grant from BAT Nigeria.

Q – What is the BATNF’s position on tobacco?
A – The BATNF is an independent charitable organisation focused solely on community development and poverty reduction. The Foundation does not engage in the manufacturing or sale of tobacco products.

Q – How does the BATNF choose which communities to implement projects in?
A – All proposals undergo a rigorous selection process. Please see Call for proposals for more details.

Q – Why has the BATNF decided to stop implementing water and vocational skills projects and why did you choose to continue with agriculture and environmental protection?
A – We have not stopped implementing water and vocational skills projects.Our new strategic focus (sustainable agriculture) still contains elements of our past focus areas, as they relate to agriculture.For example, we provide trainings and skills enhancement programmes as part of building rural farmers’ capabilities, which is similar to our previous focus on vocational skills development. Water supply, which has been a priority area since the BATNF was established, is still important to us although we now focus on the supply of water for agricultural purposes.

Q – Why did you choose to continue with agriculture and environmental protection?
A - We have decided to concentrate our focus on fewer areas so as to increase the positive impact of our interventions. Nigeria’s rural communities experience low levels of agricultural productivity and high levels of poverty and environmental degradation.

Sustainable agricultural development has proved effective in reducing hunger and poverty and this has guided our decision to focus on reducing poverty by improving agricultural productivity through farming practices that are environment-friendly.