Better Monitoring and Evaluation for More Effective Policymaking on Agriculture in Kaduna State

Accurately measuring performance and results is an essential part of successfully implementing any policy. Therefore, it is imperative to emphasize the importance of having robust capacity for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the agricultural sector in Nigeria at all levels. As part of its commitment towards bolstering the national capacity for evidence-based decision-making in agriculture, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) delivered a training course for staff of the Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Kaduna Agricultural … Read More

Can Strengthening Group Dynamics Improve Nigeria’s Agricultural Sector?

Actors in Nigeria’s agricultural sector have increasingly begun organizing themselves into formal groups, particularly cooperatives, in recent years. It is an established fact that cooperation allows individuals to harness their personal resources into powerful tools for change and growth. While cooperatives have the tangible benefit of allowing farmers to have wider access to agricultural support and financial services, an easily missed, yet extremely important benefit of cooperative activity, is its ability to build the aptitude for solving practical problems and … Read More

Training towards a stronger agricultural policy framework for Nigeria

On 10-11 December 2018, a training course on “Nigerian Agricultural Policies” was organized, which happens to be the first ever training course conducted by the Abuja Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) for the staff of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in Abuja, and on behalf the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project. The training course, which was attended by 22 participants (13 male, 9 female), was delivered by Dr. George Mavrotas … Read More

The Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project commences training course on Issues in Agriculture and Development

In order to broaden knowledge on the linkages between agriculture and development, the Abuja Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) held on behalf of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, its first ever training course on “International Issues in Agriculture and Development” for staff of the Agricultural Research Council from 29-30 November 2018 in Abuja. The maiden edition of this training course was attended by 20 participants (14 male, 6 female) and provided them with … Read More

STATA Training Delivered for Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Abuja

As part of efforts towards strengthening the capacity of Nigerian analysts to produce evidence that is relevant to agricultural policy, the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (IFPRI- NSSP) carried out a training for staff of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) from 26-28 November 2018 in Abuja, on behalf of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project. The 21 participants (18 male, 3 female) were trained on the use of STATA for … Read More

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