Facilitators and participants of the STATA training held in Ebonyi State in January 2019 (c) 2019 IFPRI From 21-25 January 2019, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), delivered another training on “Econometrics for Policy Analysis using STATA” as part of the capacity building activities under the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project in Ebonyi State. The 27 participants (16 male, 11 female) were lecturers and researchers from Ebonyi State University, Alex Ekwueme Federal University and the University of Nigeria Nsukka. The training was geared at equipping Nigeria’s analysts and researchers with knowledge and developing the skills required to analyse data and make available the evidence required by decisionmakers in the formulation of policy for country’s agricultural sector. Ijeoma

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
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

IFPRI Delivers Intermediate Policy Communications Training for Journalists in Minna

Facilitators and participants of the Introductory Policy Communications training course held for journalists in Minna (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran On 15-16 November 2018, two Communication Experts from the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (IFPRI-NSSP) delivered an intermediate level Policy Communications training course for 15 journalists based in Niger State. The participants (11 male, 4 female) all work with various news media organizations, including radio, television and newspapers. The training covered the design and implementation of communication strategies and plans as well as the use of online platforms and social media for researching, reporting and disseminating information, particularly those related to agricultural policy. Elisabeth Douglas, Communications Specialist with IFPRI-NSSP, introducing participants to the concepts of Policy Communications

Further Strengthening NAERLS’ Ability to Conduct Nigeria’s Annual Agricultural Performance Survey

Motunrayo Oyeyemi, part of the training team from IFPRI, taking participants through the CSPro software (c) 2018 IFPRI/Segun Fadare When a training producing far-reaching results for an institution and agricultural policymaking in a country, then it becomes more than a training. When Motunrayo Oyeyemi and Segun Fadare, two (2) researchers from the Nigeria Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), went to deliver the “Computer Assisted Personal Interview using CSPro” course at the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Service (NAERLS) at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria on 13-15 November 2018, this was certainly the desired outcome. The training, which was attended by 25 participants (21 male, 4 female), introduced participants to the CSPro software and took them