M&E TRAINING FOR IMPROVED INSTITUTIONAL MANAGEMENT IN NIGERIA’S AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

On 19 and 20 March 2018, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) facilitated a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) training course in Abuja for members of staff from various departments of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN). The training course was attended by 28 participants (17 males and 11 females) who were taught the principles of M&E, and the development and implementation of M&E plans and frameworks among others.  The participants were very grateful for this first of its …

Policy Communications Training held for Farmers, Extension Agents, Agrodealers and Community-based Organizations in Kaduna State

It is increasingly recognized that policymaking is substantially enhanced when all key stakeholders are actively involved in the process. Unfortunately, the voices of farmers and other practitioners, such as agrodealers are often unheard in national discussions and consultations on agricultural policy in Nigeria. As part of an effort to address this issue, the Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) organized a policy communications training course in Zaria, Kaduna State on 14 and …

Special Announcement: Call for Papers – Second Conference of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project Abuja, 18-20 June 2018

Michigan State University (MSU), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and partners in the Nigerian Agricultural Policy sector are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the Second National Conference of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, to be held in Abuja, on 18-20 June 2018. The overall theme of the Conference is “Collaborative Research for Agricultural Policy in Nigeria”. The conference is organized as part of the USAID-Nigeria funded, Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy …

Training workshop brings together stakeholders from academia, government and private sector – The Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project

On March 5-6, 2018, the policy project conducted a 2- day training workshop on value chain concepts and analysis in Minna, Niger State. Over 70 participants attended the workshop (focused on the fish subsector) from the private sector, government, research institutes, as well as 3 Universities in Niger and Kebbi states. Michigan State University (MSU) faculty (Dr. Tom Reardon and Dr. Saweda Liverpool-Tasie) presented the current international best practice of using representative samples of key nodes across value chains to …

Policy communications training held for farmers, extension agents, agrodealers and community-based organizations in Kaduna State

It is increasingly recognized that policymaking is substantially enhanced when all key stakeholders are actively involved in the process. Unfortunately, the voices of farmers and other practitioners, such as agrodealers are often unheard in national discussions and consultations on agricultural policy in Nigeria. As part of an effort to address this issue, the Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) organized a policy communications training course in Zaria, Kaduna State on 14 and …

Policy project scholar wins one of 6 spots in Global competition to participate in International Conference.

Policy project scholar Ms. Aisha Lawal (who spent the Spring 2017 semester at Michigan State University) with support from faculty at MSU, submitted a research proposal for presentation to an August 2018 – pre-conference workshop on quantitative food systems analysis. This special preconference is part of the 2018 International Conference of Agricultural Economists taking place in Vancouver, Canada. Ms. Lawal and other winners won highly competitive international travel grants to present their research at the preconference workshop. They will interact …

TRAINING COURSE DELIVERED TO STRENGTHEN FURTHER THE LINKS BETWEEN KADUNA STATE’S JOURNALISTS AND ACADEMICS

As part of efforts towards improving the environment for policy making in Nigeria’s agricultural sector, the Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has held a training course for academics and journalists on policy communications, on 1 and 2 March 2018 at the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Service (NAERLS) of Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Kaduna State. The training course was attended by 24 participants (13 males, 11 females). A primary …

IMPROVING AGRICULTURAL POLICY IN NIGERIA BY ENHANCING DATA ANALYSIS

On February 12-14, 2018, a team of four (4) trainers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) facilitated two parallel training courses on “Introduction to Survey Data Analysis using Stata” for 50 (28 males and 22 females) researchers and faculty of the University of Calabar, in Cross River State. The training, which took place over three days in Calabar, was designed to teach participants how to manage, analyze, and report findings from various types …

WORKING TOWARDS A ROBUST EXTENSION POLICY IN NIGERIA: TRAINING WORKSHOP DELIVERED IN ABUJA

Nigerian agriculture continues to be an important contributor to the national economic growth. This contribution crucially depends on the productivity growth in the agriculture sector. The total factor productivity of Nigerian agriculture in turn depends on the innovation based knowledge famers have and apply in their crop, livestock, and fisheries production activities. Yet, the major source of knowledge and its delivery namely the public extension system has been facing institutional and capacity challenges in the past. There has been increased …

Conflict between Herdsmen and Nigerian Farmers: Lessons from the USA

Ufedo Monday Shaibu, Graduate Student at Kogi State University Anyigba, Nigeria, Conflict between Herdsmen and Nigerian Farmers: Lessons from the USA. Highlight 15, Feed the Future IL for Food Security Policy, Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, Visiting Scholars Program, March 2018 SUMMARY Ongoing clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria have become an issue of national concern for security. Can solutions be found in USA’s history?