Enhancing data analysis for improved agricultural policy in Nigeria

As part of efforts towards strengthening Nigeria’s capacity for greater evidence-based policy processes in agriculture by increasing the capacity of Nigerian analysts to undertake and make widely available relevant evidence-based policy analysis, on 7-9 May 2018, a team of three (3) trainers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) facilitated a training course on “Econometrics for policy analysis using Stata” in Abuja for 21 (19 males and 2 females) faculty and senior members of … Read More

Policy project scholar wins one of 6 spots in Global competition to participate in International Conference.

Policy project scholar Ms. Aisha Lawal (who spent the Spring 2017 semester at Michigan State University) with support from faculty at MSU, submitted a research proposal for presentation to an August 2018 – pre-conference workshop on quantitative food systems analysis. This special preconference is part of the 2018 International Conference of Agricultural Economists taking place in Vancouver, Canada. Ms. Lawal and other winners won highly competitive international travel grants to present their research at the preconference workshop. They will interact … Read More


In a move towards strengthening the capacity of Nigeria’s journalists to effectively contribute to national discussions on agricultural issues, the Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) held a policy communications training course for journalists of the National Assembly Press Corps on Friday 26 and Monday 29 January 2018 in Abuja. The training course covered the source of information relevant to agricultural policy, the use of social media for policy communications, good practice in … Read More

Training One to Train Others – Capacity Building in Delta State

06/25/2017 By Saweda Liverpool-Tasie During the week of June 25, 2017, the Policy project organized a three-day training on “Introduction to Stata” for researchers at Delta State University. The Training modules were delivered by Mr. Wale Ogunleye, the pioneer PhD Scholar of the Project’s Visiting Scholars Program who just returned from Michigan State University, in collaboration with Dr. John Odozi, a Nigerian Faculty. The Trainers were supported by Osayanmon Osawe and Monday Shaibu; both new project scholars who will be coming to Michigan State University in … Read More

Introductory Policy Communication training course delivered at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State on 31 May-1 June, 2017.

On 31 May-1 June, a team of 2 IFPRI trainers facilitated an introductory Policy Communication training course at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi which was attended by 22 participants  (16 males and 6 females) including faculty and graduate students. The Policy Communication course was designed to provide participants with a practical framework for understanding and integrating communication concepts, approaches, and methods into program planning, policy planning, implementation and program management. The training emphasized on developing participants’ knowledge and skills … Read More

Working it out with Stakeholders – Involving them from the Very Beginning

The Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy project continues to make efforts to strengthen the policy process by bridging the gap between “knowledge providers” and “knowledge users.” On November 10, 2016, Dr. Oyinkan Tasie (MSU) held round table discussions with state commissioners for agriculture (Nasarawa and Rivers States); permanent secretaries of state ministries of agriculture (Ebonyi and Kaduna States); and directors of planning research and statistics (Ebonyi, Kaduna, Nasarawa and Rivers States). They also included directors of project monitoring and evaluation … Read More

Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project Invited to High Level Consultation in Washington

10/20/2016 By Oyinkan Tasie   On October 20, 2016, the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project was contacted by United States Institute of Peace to participate in a high-level consultation involving 19 state governors from Northern Nigeria in Washington, D.C. State governors were on a tour exploring opportunities to attract investments to their states and promote various state objectives, typically involving agriculture. Dr. Oyinkan Tasie, representing the project, participated in a panel discussion on “Leveraging Natural, Organizational, Financial and … Read More