On Thursday 20th February 2020, USAID Nigeria and Partners organized an interactive session on nutrition in Abuja Nigeria as part of the Feed the Future Nigeria Country Plan to increase investments in food security, build greater resilience, and improve household nutrition in the country. The event was a high-profile event that brought together a host of relevant and key stakeholders in the nutrition “space” in Nigeria.   Dr. Charles Iyangbe, Senior Agricultural Economist USAID Nigeria gave the opening remark. In his remarks, he warmly welcomed the participants of the high-profile event including the representatives of government, civil society, private sectors and partners in development. He noted that Nigeria is the most appropriate country for addressing the challenges of malnutrition. At

Is Rural Non-Farm Employment an Obstacle to Increased Rice Production?

Sule, Balaraba Abubakar: MSU NAPP Scholar 2019; Lecturer, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida University, Lapai; and PhD Candidate, Federal University of Technology, Minna One of the major ways by which the gap between rice production and consumption in an economy can be bridged is through the expansion of land under cultivation and intensification on existing farmland (Laborte, 2012). In the case of rice in Nigeria, this can be achieved through the adoption of irrigation technology which, not only improves productivity, but allows for cultivation during each of the two distinct seasons. A recent study on rice production systems in Kebbi State, Nigeria, has indicated that irrigated rice production systems are the most financially competitive. This is important because profitability is an
On Thursday, 31 October 2019, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) launched the National Gender Policy on Agriculture as a tool to deepen women’s involvement in the country’s agriculture. Given IFPRI’s history of support to the development of the policy, Dr. Kwaw Andam, Country Program Leader of IFPRI’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (IFPRI-NSSP) and Chief of Party for the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, was invited by FMARD to the event. The Federal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, in his keynote address stated that the policy would promote and ensure the adoption of gender-sensitive and responsive approaches towards engendering plans and programmes in such a way that men and women

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From 25 to 27 September 2019, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialists from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), delivered a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) training for 27 staff of Niger State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (NAMDA) (21 males, seven females). The objectives of the MEL training were to equip selected staff of NAMDA with the knowledge of basic concepts of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in line with the results of an earlier Organization Performance Index (OPI) done by IFPRI for the ministry. It was also meant to demonstrate ARCN’s enhanced institutional ability in the area of MEL, building on earlier capacity building activities IFPRI has already done with

Group Dynamics Training for Farmer Groups in Niger State

The International Food Policy Research Institute’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (IFPRI-NSSP) has delivered yet another Group Dynamics training to assist various stakeholders in the agricultural sector in improving their capacity to effectively manage their activities and excel in their businesses, thereby improving their standard of living. The IFPRI-NSSP team conducted the training for Farmer Groups in Tunda Wada LGA in Minna, Niger State from 26th to 28th September 2019. It was attended by 30 participants (23 males, seven females). The objectives of the training were to equip the farmers from different agricultural value chains on the importance of Group Dynamics and to help them identify strategies for making decision as groups and to understand group formation and registration. The Group

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On 26-27 September 2019, the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project delivered a Policy Communications training to 26 (19 male, seven female) staff of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) in Abuja. The training introduced participants to the concepts of policy communications, the use of social media for disseminating and measuring impact, as well as how and when to use policy briefs. The training was jointly facilitated by Elisabeth Douglas, Communications Specialist for the International food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Dr. Edith Nnemeka, Assistant Chief Agricultural Research Officer (ACARO) at ARCN. Dr. Nnemeka had been a participant in an earlier policy communications training delivered by the project in 2017. A main objective of this training was to

Linking Agricultural Policy, Food Systems Transformation and Diet Change in Nigeria

“It is important to recognize the importance that policy has for nutritional outcomes”- Olivier Ecker, Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI On 19 September 2019, Olivier Ecker, Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) presented a research seminar entitled “Food System Transformation, Dietary Change, and the Role of Agricultural Policy in Nigeria” in Abuja. The audience of the seminar was made up of 36 individuals (13 male, 23 female) representing various ministries, departments and agencies; private sector organizations; and non-governmental organizations working on nutritional issues in Nigeria. A major point arising from the presentation was that while increasing the knowledge about nutrition encourages healthy food choices, this would have little impact on nutritional outcomes without an accompanying

Towards Strengthening Nigeria’s Capacity to Innovate in the Agricultural Sector

“Policy Implementation requires the capacity to identify investment gaps and track progress. Assuming such capacity exists slows down progress.”- Suresh Babu, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Capacity Strengthening Unit for IFPRI At the CDAIS Introductory training in FADAMA House, Abuja (c) 2019 IFPRI As a measure towards driving innovation in Nigeria’s agricultural sector, on 16 September 2019 in Abuja, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) introduced 30 senior officials of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) to tools developed under the Capacity Development for Agriculture Innovation Systems (CDAIS) project. The Capacity Development for Agriculture Innovation Systems (CDAIS) is a global activity funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Under the CDAIS project,