Growing our own rice – Which way to go?

Author: Balaraba Sule, Federal University of Technology, Minna/Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida University Lapai and MSU Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project Scholar (2019) Since the late 1990s, West African countries including Nigeria, have experienced one of the highest rice- demand growth rates in the world. Rice imports, despite dwindling foreign revenues, has played a significant role in meeting the high demand for rice in the region. This has firmly placed rice on the policy agenda of several governments in West Africa. In Nigeria, the focus for several years has been on how to increase domestic rice production and improve its competitiveness with imports. As a result, several policies and strategies including direct investments along the rice value chain have been
Elisabeth Douglas, IFPRI-NSSP’s Communications Specialist, facilitating one of the sessions at the Policy Communications training organized for members of Nigeria’s National Assembly Press Corps in Abuja (c) 2019 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran 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 information relevant to agricultural policy, other tools for policy engagement

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

IFPRI’s Motunrayo Oyeyemi facilitating a session during the STATA training for staff of ARCN in Abuja recently (c) 2019 IFPRI 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. Facilitators and participants of the STATA training held for ARCN staff in Abuja (c) 2019 IFPRI 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 analyze data and make

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 geared at boosting the ability of Nigeria’s researchers and policy analysts to make widely available the evidence required for effective policymaking for Nigeria’s agricultural sector. Especially for NBS, which is a major supplier of statistical data for government and other

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 Analyst with IFPRI-NSSP, took participants on a journey across policies relevant to Nigeria’s agricultural sector, with an aim of providing participants with a better understanding of how these policies have shaped the role of agriculture in present-day Nigeria. The training

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.  Staff of NBS engaging in a practical exercise during the STATA training held in Abuja (c) 2019 IFPRI 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 that can guide sound policymaking in the country’s agricultural sector.  Facilitators and participants of the STATA training for NBS staff in Abuja
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. Facilitators and participants of the Policy Communications Training held for the Kebbi Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (c) 2019 IFPRI 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 policy discussions and sources of information relevant to agriculture. Government officials were introduced to policy notes, an effective contemporary tool for informing,

Group Dynamics Training for Agro-dealers in Kebbi State

Facilitators and participants at the Group Dynamics training for agrodealers held in Kebbi State in January 2019 (c) 2019 IFPRI 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 to engage more effectively on policy discussions and implementation. The training is part of capacity building activities of the Feed the Future