The Upside of Flooding and Agriculture

Philip Hegerty James, University of Agriculture & NAPP Scholar at MSU (Fall 2018) Agriculture in dry land areas is vulnerable to failure, this is due to erratic rainfall and desert encroachment, hence the use of Fadama (Low-lying seasonally flooded areas or floodplains) lands to compliment upland farming becomes vital. This is important, particularly where irrigation facilities are minimal or non-existent as found in Sahel West Africa.


Onyinye Choko, University of Port Harcourt & NAPP Scholar at MSU (Fall 2018) The Science of Bee-keeping is known as Apiculture. It involves the maintenance of bee colonies in manmade hives. Keeping bees has potential benefits for man and the environment. As a result of their pollination service, they are essential to all human for food production and sustenance of plants.

IFPRI Delivers Intermediate Policy Communications Training for Journalists in Minna

On 15-16 November 2018, two Communication Experts from the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (IFPRI-NSSP) delivered an intermediate level Policy Communications training course for 15 journalists based in Niger State. The participants (11 male, 4 female) all work with various news media organizations, including radio, television and newspapers. The training covered the design and implementation of communication strategies and plans as well as the use of online platforms and social media for researching, reporting and disseminating … Read More

Further Strengthening NAERLS’ Ability to Conduct Nigeria’s Annual Agricultural Performance Survey

When a training producing far-reaching results for an institution and agricultural policymaking in a country, then it becomes more than a training. When Motunrayo Oyeyemi and Segun Fadare, two (2) researchers from the Nigeria Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), went to deliver the “Computer Assisted Personal Interview using CSPro” course at the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Service (NAERLS) at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria on 13-15 November 2018, this was certainly the desired outcome. … Read More

Policy communication training delivered for journalists in Niger State

Journalists, are key players in the policymaking space. As such, it is essential that they are well-equipped to be able to effectively drive public conversations around policy issues. It is on this basis that the Nigeria Strategy Support Program of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI-NSSP) delivered a policy communications training for 27 journalists based in Niger State from 13-14 November 2018. The participants (13 male, 14 female) at the training were all professionals working with various news media … Read More

Training for Benue State University (BSU) Researchers on Survey Data Analysis in Benue State

On 5-9 November 2018, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) delivered a training on survey data analysis for 30 (23 male, 7 female) academics at the Benue State University (BSU) in Makurdi, Benue State’s capital. The 5-day training course introduced participants to the use of STATA for carrying out survey data analysis, with presentations and practical exercises aimed at increasing the familiarity of the staff and graduate students of BSU with STATA as a tool for data analysis. The … Read More

Strengthening Farmer Group Dynamics in Delta State

As part of endeavours towards strengthening the capacity of Nigerian farmers to engage in policymaking processes, the Nigeria Strategy Support Program of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI-NSSP) organized a Group Dynamics training for farmers in Delta State from 1- 2 November 2018. More specifically, the objective of the training, which was attended by 29 participants (20 male, 9 female) was to train group leaders on group dynamics thereby strengthening their capacity to strengthen their local formal and informal … Read More

Improving Evidence-Based Reporting on Agricultural Policy in Kebbi State

It is difficult to refute the importance of the role that journalists play in setting the agenda and shaping national discussions on issues. As gatekeepers of information, they are vital stakeholders in ensuring an environment where policy decisions are sound and evidence-based. In recognition of this fact, two Communications Experts from the Nigeria Strategy Support Program of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI-NSSP) trained 23 journalists on the basics of Policy Communications on 31 October – 1 November 2018 … Read More

Policy Communications Training Course “Extremely Beneficial” for Agric Policy Reporting-Journalists in Kebbi state

On 29-30 October 2018, the Nigeria Strategy Support Program of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI-NSSP) has carried out an intermediate Policy Communications training in Kebbi state capital, Birnin-Kebbi, as part of efforts towards further strengthening the capacity of Nigerian journalists to drive evidence-based discussions on agricultural policy. The 21 participants (11 male, 10 female) represented a diverse mix in terms of news media ownership with representation of journalists from radio, television and newspapers owned by Kebbi State Government, the … Read More