The Library in the world of Scholarship

Hepzibah Onyeje Obekpa, University of Agriculture Makurdi and NAPP Scholar (2019) On January 11 2019, I walked through the Michigan State University (MSU) Library section on Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics. The library is well resourced; it is spacious, has functional internet access, adequate human resources (everyone appears very enthusiastic about their roles), an obvious wide array of literature – print and electronic, and commendable use of technology. The library has its ambience and a café for refreshment for students who get hungry while studying. The first stop was an introductory class in the computer room on how to access materials in the library. Each scholar has a Unique ID – Net ID and password. This introductory class is compulsory

Better Monitoring and Evaluation for More Effective Policymaking on Agriculture in Kaduna State

Participants of the USAID-funded training course on M&E held in Kaduna (c) 2018 IFPRI/Tunji Fasoranti Accurately measuring performance and results is an essential part of successfully implementing any policy. Therefore, it is imperative to emphasize the importance of having robust capacity for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the agricultural sector in Nigeria at all levels. As part of its commitment towards bolstering the national capacity for evidence-based decision-making in agriculture, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) delivered a training course for staff of the Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Kaduna Agricultural Development Project from 17-19 December 2018 in Kaduna State. Participants engaging in a group exercise at the Monitoring and Evaluation training course held in Kaduna

New Publication: IFPRI-NSSP Working Paper No. 60.

The Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) Working Paper No. 60, entitled “Agricultural public expenditures, sector performance and welfare in Nigeria: A state-level analysis”, and co-authored by George Mavrotas, Tewodaj Mogues, Motunrayo Oyeyemi, Jennifer Smart and Zhe Xiong, is now published. Building on the work of earlier studies that looked at trends in and returns to federal public expenditures on agriculture in Nigeria, this paper explores spending patterns at the sub-national state level over a nine-year period, as well as trends in agricultural and economic performance and indicators of household welfare. Sub-national agricultural spending as a share of aggregate agricultural spending in Nigeria is large, given the stronger role for sub-national governments in agriculture than is the case in other sectors.

Can Strengthening Group Dynamics Improve Nigeria’s Agricultural Sector?

Facilitators and participants of the Group Dynamics training for Agro-dealers in Abuja (c) 2018 IFPRI Actors in Nigeria’s agricultural sector have increasingly begun organizing themselves into formal groups, particularly cooperatives, in recent years. It is an established fact that cooperation allows individuals to harness their personal resources into powerful tools for change and growth. While cooperatives have the tangible benefit of allowing farmers to have wider access to agricultural support and financial services, an easily missed, yet extremely important benefit of cooperative activity, is its ability to build the aptitude for solving practical problems and influencing their wider community. An essential aspect for the success of a group is its capacity to properly manage its assets, make strategic group decisions and

Training towards a stronger agricultural policy framework for Nigeria

Dr George Mavrotas, Head of IFPRI’s Abuja Office, leading a session on some of the agricultural policy issues in Nigeria at a training for staff of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Abuja (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran On 10-11 December 2018, a training course on “Nigerian Agricultural Policies” was organized, which happens to be the first ever training course conducted by the Abuja Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) for the staff of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in Abuja, and on behalf the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project. The training course, which was attended by 22 participants (13 male, 9 female), was delivered by Dr. George Mavrotas
Facilitators and Participants of the first ever training course on “Issues in Agriculture and Development” held in Abuja by the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project (c) 2018 IFPRI/Amina Bashir In order to broaden knowledge on the linkages between agriculture and development, the Abuja Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) held on behalf of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, its first ever training course on “International Issues in Agriculture and Development” for staff of the Agricultural Research Council from 29-30 November 2018 in Abuja. The maiden edition of this training course was attended by 20 participants (14 male, 6 female) and provided them with an overview of contemporary issues in agricultural policy, particularly

STATA Training Delivered for Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Abuja

Motunrayo Oyeyemi, IFPRI’s Research Analyst, supporting participants during a practical exercise at the STATA training for FMARD in Abuja (c) 2018 IFPRI/Amina Bashir As part of efforts towards strengthening the capacity of Nigerian analysts to produce evidence that is relevant to agricultural policy, the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (IFPRI- NSSP) carried out a training for staff of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) from 26-28 November 2018 in Abuja, on behalf of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project. The 21 participants (18 male, 3 female) were trained on the use of STATA for data analysis in agricultural research, with a combination of demonstrations and practical exercises. Facilitators and participants of

New Policy Note Focuses on Informal Food Markets in Nigeria

Policy Note 52, accompanies Working Paper 59 in the IFPRI-NSSP series (c) 2018 IFPRI The Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) Policy Note 52, entitled “Synopsis: The enabling environment for informal food traders in Nigeria’s’ secondary cities”, and co-authored by Danielle Resnick, Bhavna Sivasubramanian, Idiong Christopher Idiong, Michael Akindele Ojo, and Likita Tanko, is now available.