Training towards a stronger agricultural policy framework for Nigeria

Dr George Mavrotas, Head of IFPRI’s Abuja Office, leading a session on some of the agricultural policy issues in Nigeria at a training for staff of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Abuja (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran On 10-11 December 2018, a training course on “Nigerian Agricultural Policies” was organized, which happens to be the first ever training course conducted by the Abuja Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) for the staff of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in Abuja, and on behalf the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project. The training course, which was attended by 22 participants (13 male, 9 female), was delivered by Dr. George Mavrotas
Nigerian agriculture continues to be an important contributor to the national economic growth. This contribution crucially depends on the productivity growth in the agriculture sector. The total factor productivity of Nigerian agriculture in turn depends on the innovation based knowledge famers have and apply in their crop, livestock, and fisheries production activities. Yet, the major source of knowledge and its delivery namely the public extension system has been facing institutional and capacity challenges in the past. There has been increased call for reforming the extension system in developing countries in the last 10 years and countries such as Brazil, China, and India have moved ahead with such reforms. In Nigeria, there is a similar need to design and implement the