Enhancing Policy Communications for Nigeria’s Agricultural Sector

On 13-14 February 2019, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) trained on behalf the FtF Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project 25 staff members (18 male, 7 female) of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Policy Communications in Abuja. The training introduced the participants to basic concepts around policy communications, as long as more contemporary tools, such as policy briefs/notes and social media, which are used for communicating and disseminating evidence and promoting engagement on policy issues. The training was geared at boosting the ability of Nigeria’s researchers and policy analysts to make widely available the evidence required for effective policymaking for Nigeria’s agricultural sector. Especially for NBS, which is a major supplier of statistical data for government and other

Towards a Better Understanding of Nigeria’s Agricultural Policy Environment

On 12-13 February 2019, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on behalf of the FtF Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project trained 23 (18 male, five female) senior staff (Assistant Director level) of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Abuja on Nigeria’s national and regional agricultural policy framework for the period spanning 2007 to the present. The training, which was facilitated by Dr. George Mavrotas, Head of IFPRI’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (IFPRI-NSSP) and Hyacinth Edeh, a Research Analyst with IFPRI-NSSP, took participants on a journey across policies relevant to Nigeria’s agricultural sector, with an aim of providing participants with a better understanding of how these policies have shaped the role of agriculture in present-day Nigeria. The training

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

MASTERCLASS FOR JOURNALISTS IN ABUJA

Drew Sample, IFPRI’s Media Engagement Manager, facilitating a discussion on the role of the news media in policy making (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has trained 30 of Nigeria’s journalists (19 male, 11 female) in a policy communications masterclass in Abuja. The training workshop was organized on 11-12 June 2018 and included participants from Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, and the states of Cross River, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi and Niger. Elisabeth Douglas, IFPRI’s Communication Specialist, leading a discussion on policy notes and how to prepare them (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran The masterclass was led by Mr. Drew Sample, IFPRI’s Media Engagement Manager who is based at the IFPRI Headquarters in Washington DC, alongside Elisabeth

Enhancing data analysis for improved agricultural policy in Nigeria

Participants undertaking group exercises during the training (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran 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 staff from State Ministries and Agricultural Development Programmes of the seven Feed The Future states. As a result of this training, participants’ capacity in handling data for evidence-based decision

M&E TRAINING FOR IMPROVED INSTITUTIONAL MANAGEMENT IN NIGERIA’S AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

Participants interacting during the M&E training course organized for ARCN (c) 2018 IFPRI/Hyacinth Edeh On 19 and 20 March 2018, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) facilitated a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) training course in Abuja for members of staff from various departments of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN). The training course was attended by 28 participants (17 males and 11 females) who were taught the principles of M&E, and the development and implementation of M&E plans and frameworks among others.  The participants were very grateful for this first of its kind intensive M&E training course delivered for the institution. This training course was organized by the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, which is jointly implemented

IFPRI delivers Policy Comms Training at Nigeria’s Agricultural Research Council

Elisabeth Douglas, Communications Specialist at IFPRI making a presentation on the concepts of Policy Comms in Abuja (c) 2017 IFPRI On 27 and 28 November 2017, a team of Policy Communication experts from the Abuja Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) delivered an introductory policy communications training to 26 staff  (9 females, 17 males) of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) in Abuja.

Policy Communications Training for Agriculture Ministry Staff

Participants engaging during one of the group exercise at the report and memo writing training course As part of further support to efforts by the Nigerian government to enhance capacity to plan and implement agricultural policy and programming, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has trained 26 mid-career staff of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture on Rural Development (FMARD) on 3-4 July 2017 in Abuja.