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

Dr Babu and directors of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Development discussing the pilot of the implementation plan for the Nigeria’s Agricultural Extension Policy in Abuja (c) 2019 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran 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 State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources on the

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

Tunji Fasoranti, making a presentation to participants during the Group Dynamics training organized for farmer groups in Kaduna State (c) 2019 IFPRI/Amina Bashir 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. Participants of the trainings include academics and researchers, journalists, farmer groups, agrodealers and government officials.   Training

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

A training course on “Econometrics for Policy Analysis Using STATA” was organized for staff of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in Abuja (c) 2019 IFPRI/Motunrayo Oyeyemi Group Dynamics training held for agrodealers in Benue State in March 2019 (c) 2019 IFPRI/Adetunji Fasoranti 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.

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