Bite, Snack, Meal: Building Nigeria’s Ability to Effectively Engage in Policy Communications

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
Hyacinth Edeh facilitating a Training Session On behalf of the FTF Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) delivered a 3-day Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) training to the staff of Ebonyi State University, Alex Ekwueme Federal University (Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State) and Michael Okpara University of Agriculture (Umudike, Abia State) from July 31st to August 2nd 2019. The training was attended by 25 participants (14 male, 11 female). The objective of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning training was to train academia on the basic concepts of M&E so as to identify M&E gaps in research/project activities. The training commenced with the introduction to the basic concepts of M&E including principles of M&E, stages in M&E

Monitoring and Evaluation for Result Training for Stakeholders in FMARD

Participants at the Monitoring and Evaluation Training A 3-day Monitoring & Evaluation for Result training from 14th to 16th August 2019 was delivered by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on behalf of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project (NAPP) to staff of the Project Coordinating Unit (PCU) and some of the donor funded projects in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (FMARD). The PCU coordinates all donor funded projects in FMARD.The training was conducted to teach the PCU and donor funded project staff the basic concepts of and scope of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, to identify M&E gaps in the project activities of the participating Department and projects and to generate program-specific M&E plans

Capacity Strengthening Workshop on Policy Brief Writing for the Feed the Future States

Participants during a Group Discussion at the Policy Communications Workshop in Abuja One of the aims and objectives of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project is to strengthen the national capacity for making available and disseminating evidence relevant to public policy. As such, a two-day workshop on Developing Policy Brief was held for participants drawn from the seven Feed the Future states (Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi and Niger) from 22nd to 23rd August, 2019. This training-workshop was facilitated by the Head of Policy Communications Unit (IFPRI-Nigeria) as part of the Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project (NAPP) activities in Nigeria. The workshop was attended by 25 participants (22 males and 3 females) that work in either the
On 29 August 2019, Dr Bedru Balana, then Acting Program Leader for International Food Policy Research Institute’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (IFPRI-NSSP), participated the 6th National Multi-stakeholders Forum and Policy Seminar organized by the Agricultural Policy Research Network (APRNet) with support from the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project in Abuja, Nigeria. In an interview with the African Independent Television (AIT), Bedru highlights the need for policymakers to focus on boosting agricultural productivity for small-scale farmers to enhance food security in Nigeria.

Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project Delivers Policy Comms Training for Academics in Kebbi

In response to the request made by Association of Deans of Agriculture (ADAN), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on behalf of the Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project (NAPP) organized and delivered a two-day training on policy communications at the Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, KSUSTA from 26th to 27th August 2019. The two-day training was attended by 25 participants (22 males and three females). The objective was to have researchers who have the basic skills and knowledge to be able to make widely available relevant evidence-based policy analysis as well as engage effectively in public discussions about policy. Participants at the Policy Communications Training in KSUSTA The training was conducted by combining presentations and exercises. Topics like

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.