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

Facilitators and participants engaging in a practical exercise at the training on the use of STATA for Survey Data analysis at BSU (c) 2018 IFPRI/Hyacinth Edeh 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 training was also geared towards further strengthening the ability of these researchers to be

Strengthening Farmer Group Dynamics in Delta State

Participants of the Group Dynamics training in Delta State (c) 2018 IFPRI/Amina Bashir 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 groups’ ability to manage their assets, make strategic group decisions and create a balanced level of participation. Participants in a group activity related to Conflict Resolution at

Improving Evidence-Based Reporting on Agricultural Policy in Kebbi State

Bisola Oyediran, one of IFPRI’s communications experts, facilitating a session on social media audiences at the Policy Communications Training held in Kebbi (c) 2018 IFPRI/Elisabeth Douglas. 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 in Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State capital. Facilitators and participants of the Policy Communications Training held
Participants and facilitators of the Policy Communications Training held in Kebbi State (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran 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 Federal Government of Nigeria and the private sector. Elisabeth Douglas, Communications Specialist with IFPRI, facilitating a session during the Policy Communications training for journalists

The Need to Institutionalize Agribusiness in Nigeria’s Agricultural Sector

Wellington Osawe, University of Ibadan & NAPP Scholar at MSU 2018 Agriculture has always been the mainstay of economies in Africa. The same is true of Nigeria. However, through the discovery of crude oil in the late 1960s, the contribution of the agricultural sector to Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP) nosedived from 67% in 1960 to 23.4% in 2008 (Falola and Haton, 2008, Yakub, 2008). These figures have been fluctuating over the years and currently, the estimated figure is about 21% as at 2017 (CBN, 2017). Arguably, it may be very difficult for Nigeria to achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth without developing the agricultural sector. This is largely because almost 40% of the country’s population (as of 2015) was

Data availability issues or right data sourcing

Blessing Agada, University of Agriculture Makurdi and NAPP Scholar at MSU 2018 Data may be information in raw or unorganized form (such as alphabets, numbers, or symbols) that refer to, or represent, conditions, ideas, or objects. It could also be values of quantitative or qualitative variables that are measured/collected, reported and analysed for use. http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/data.html While the concept of data is commonly associated with scientific research, data is collected by a huge range of organizations and institutions, including businesses (e.g., sales data, revenue, profits,), governments (e.g. unemployment, literacy rates) and non-governmental organizations (e.g., censuses of the number of farmers by non-profit organizations). . Data as a general concept refers to the fact that some existing information or knowledge is represented or coded in some form suitable for

New NSSP Publications: NSSP Working Paper No. 54 & NSSP Policy Note No. 49

NSSP Working Paper 54 and its counterpart Policy Note 49, both look at the grain storage and market characteristics in Kebbi State, providing evidence relevant to policymakers on agricultural investments. (c) 2018 IFPRI/Elisabeth Douglas Two new publications are now available by IFPRI’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) – NSSP Working Paper No. 54 (please see link here to download the paper) & accompanying NSSP Policy Note No. 49 (please see link here to download the policy note), entitled “Grain storage and marketplace characteristics in Kebbi state, Nigeria”, both co-authored by Patrick Hatzenbuehler, George Mavrotas, Mohammed Abubakar Maikasuwa, Abdulrahaman Aliyu and Amina Bashir. While there are many aspects to agricultural market modernization that are linked and mutually affect and reinforce each

New NSSP Publications on Agricultural Mechanization in Nigeria

The NSSP Office is pleased to announce some new publications on agricultural mechanization in Nigeria. NSSP Working Paper No. 53 entitled “Effects of agricultural mechanization on economies of scope in crop production in Nigeria”, co-authored by H. Takeshima, P. Hatzenbuehler and H. Edeh (see link here to download the paper), and the NSSP Policy Note No. 48 (see link here to download the policy note) accompanying this paper; and NSSP Working Paper No. 55 entitled “Cost and policy determinants of features of tractor markets in Nigeria”, co-authored by P. Hatzenbuehler, H. Takeshima, H. Edeh and A. Lawal (see link here to download the paper). These publications are part of the output of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, a