Towards an Extension Policy for Nigeria: Developing an Implementation Plan for Niger State

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) as part of its capacity strengthening activities in Nigeria under the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project has further supported Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in its move to coordinate the development of an extension policy for the country. From 14-24 May 2019 Dr Suresh Babu, IFPRI’s Senior Research Fellow and Head of Capacity Strengthening worked closely with FMARD’s Department of Agricultural Extension (FDAE) in Abuja and Niger … Read More

FTF Agricultural Policy Project Strengthens Nigeria’s Agricultural Sector through Trainings

In 13 trainings conducted between 2- 25 May 2019, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) within the framework of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project has trained 295 beneficiaries (223 male, 72 female) in Nigeria’s agricultural sector. The trainings covered a wide range of topics including Group Dynamics, Issues in Agriculture and Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, Policy Communications and STATA statistical software packages. The trainings were held in Benue, Cross River, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi and Niger States. … Read More

FtF Project strengthening Nigeria’s agricultural sector through capacity-building

The Nigeria Strategy Support Program of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI-NSSP) delivered 16 trainings to close to 400 persons between 25 March and 30 April 2019 in Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi, Niger and Oyo states and Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The trainings, covered a wide range of areas, including Group Dynamics, Issues in Agriculture, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Policy Communications and the use of STATA for policy analysis. Participants included agrodealers, farmer groups, journalists … Read More

FTF Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project Delivers Policy Communications Training for NASS Press Corps

On 12-13 March 2019, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has delivered on behalf the FtF Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project a training on Policy Communications to journalists in Nigeria’s National Assembly (NASS) Press Corps in Abuja. The 22 journalists (20 male, 2 female) represented diverse news media firms, all united in their shared focus on the activities of the country’s federal legislature. The training exposed them to the basic principles of Policy Communications, publicly available and accessible sources of … Read More

FTF-Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project trains ARCN staff on STATA for Policy Analysis

From 4 to 7 March 2019, the International Food Policy Research Institute, under the umbrella of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, delivered a training course to 27 staff members (20 male, 7 female) of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) on “ Econometrics for Policy Analysis Using Stata” in Abuja. The training, which focused on concepts around statistical data analysis and introduced participants to the STATA application, was geared at further enabling agricultural researchers to more effectively … Read More

Enhancing Policy Communications for Nigeria’s Agricultural Sector

On 13-14 February 2019, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) trained on behalf the FtF Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project 25 staff members (18 male, 7 female) of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Policy Communications in Abuja. The training introduced the participants to basic concepts around policy communications, as long as more contemporary tools, such as policy briefs/notes and social media, which are used for communicating and disseminating evidence and promoting engagement on policy issues. The training was … Read More

Towards a Better Understanding of Nigeria’s Agricultural Policy Environment

On 12-13 February 2019, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on behalf of the FtF Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project trained 23 (18 male, five female) senior staff (Assistant Director level) of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Abuja on Nigeria’s national and regional agricultural policy framework for the period spanning 2007 to the present. The training, which was facilitated by Dr. George Mavrotas, Head of IFPRI’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (IFPRI-NSSP) and Hyacinth Edeh, a Research … Read More

STATA training delivered for NBS staff in Abuja

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has delivered on behalf the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project a training course on “Introduction to Survey Data Analysis Using STATA” on 11-14 February 2019 for staff of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in Abuja.  The 25 participants (11 male, 14 female) were all familiarized with the STATA software and shown how to make use of it in analyzing survey data. The training was aimed at building the capacity of Nigeria’s analysts to generate evidence … Read More

Policy communications training courses delivered to government officials, and farmers in Kebbi State

From 28-31 January 2019, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) delivered two policy communications training courses for a total of 60 government officials (28-29 January) and farmers (30 – 31 January) in Kebbi State. The 25 government officials (23 male, 2 female) work at the Kebbi State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Kebbi State Agricultural Development Programme. On the other hand, the 35 participants (27 male, 8 female) represented various farmer groups in Kebbi State. In the two trainings, participants were introduced to basic concepts of Policy Communications, the use of social media for disseminating information and engaging in … Read More

Group Dynamics Training for Agro-dealers in Kebbi State

To equip agro-dealers with adequate skills to manage their groups, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) delivered on behalf of the FtF Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project a training course for agro-dealers in Kebbi State on 28 – 29 January 2019. The 35 participants (25 male, 10 female) represented various groups and were exposed to knowledge and skills related to conflict resolution, working as a team, communication and record keeping. It is expected that such trainings would enhance the capacity of various players in Nigeria’s agricultural sector … Read More