STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT, COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH AND CAPACITY STRENGTHENING

A research dissemination and brainstorming session on addressing the challenges of aflatoxin contamination along the maize value chain took place at the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Abuja on July 17, 2019. It was jointly organized by the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project (NAPP) and NAFDAC.

“TRAIN ONE TO TRAIN OTHERS”: PROJECT SCHOLARS TRAIN NIGERIAN FACULTY ON USING “R” FOR DATA ANALYSIS

By Mr. Chukwudi Charles Olumba and Mrs. Hephzibah Onyeje Obekpa “Train One to Train Others”: Project Scholars Train Nigerian Faculty on Using “R” for Data Analysis 
Dr Gabriel Malomo of ARCN leading a session  at the training on M&E frameworks for academia held at University of Calabar in July 2019.2019 (c) IFPRI/Adetunji Fasoranti The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), on behalf of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, delivered seven trainings on range of courses including Issues in Agricultural and Development, Econometric Data Analysis Using STATA, Monitoring and Evaluation, Group Dynamics, and Policy Communications in Abakaliki, Asaba, Biase, Calabar, Ibadan, Ika South, New Bussa and Zaria in the months of June and July 2019 (See the details in the table below). These trainings were delivered to 261 persons (184 males and 77 females) and the participants included researchers in academia and state ministries

Towards Improving Seed Varieties, Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization

Over the period spanning 11-25 June 2019, Dr Hiroyuki Takeshima, Senior Research Fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), delivered four research seminars to an overall audience of 253 representatives from government and academic circles (198 male, 55 female) in four states of Nigeria: Cross River (11 June), Ebonyi (17 June), Delta (20 June) and Kebbi (25 June). The research seminars, entitled “Recent Research Findings on Seed Varieties, Irrigation, and Agricultural Mechanization in Nigeria” presented policy-relevant findings from studies carried out on the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project involving researchers from IFPRI, the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria and the University of Ibadan between 2016 and 2018. Research seminar delivered in Calabar, Cross River State (c)

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