By Mr. Chukwudi Charles Olumba and Mrs. Hephzibah Onyeje Obekpa “Train One to Train Others”: Project Scholars Train Nigerian Faculty on Using “R” for Data Analysis 

FTF Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project Efforts towards Strengthening National Capacity in June and July 2019

Dr Gabriel Malomo of ARCN leading a session  at the training on M&E frameworks for academia held at University of Calabar in July 2019.2019 (c) IFPRI/Adetunji Fasoranti The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), on behalf of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, delivered seven trainings on range of courses including Issues in Agricultural and Development, Econometric Data Analysis Using STATA, Monitoring and Evaluation, Group Dynamics, and Policy Communications in Abakaliki, Asaba, Biase, Calabar, Ibadan, Ika South, New Bussa and Zaria in the months of June and July 2019 (See the details in the table below). These trainings were delivered to 261 persons (184 males and 77 females) and the participants included researchers in academia and state ministries

Towards Improving Seed Varieties, Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization

Over the period spanning 11-25 June 2019, Dr Hiroyuki Takeshima, Senior Research Fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), delivered four research seminars to an overall audience of 253 representatives from government and academic circles (198 male, 55 female) in four states of Nigeria: Cross River (11 June), Ebonyi (17 June), Delta (20 June) and Kebbi (25 June). The research seminars, entitled “Recent Research Findings on Seed Varieties, Irrigation, and Agricultural Mechanization in Nigeria” presented policy-relevant findings from studies carried out on the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project involving researchers from IFPRI, the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria and the University of Ibadan between 2016 and 2018. Research seminar delivered in Calabar, Cross River State (c)

FTF Agricultural Policy Project Strengthens Nigeria’s Agricultural Sector through Trainings

Tunji Fasoranti, making a presentation to participants during the Group Dynamics training organized for farmer groups in Kaduna State (c) 2019 IFPRI/Amina Bashir In 13 trainings conducted between 2- 25 May 2019, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) within the framework of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project has trained 295 beneficiaries (223 male, 72 female) in Nigeria’s agricultural sector. The trainings covered a wide range of topics including Group Dynamics, Issues in Agriculture and Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, Policy Communications and STATA statistical software packages. The trainings were held in Benue, Cross River, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi and Niger States. Participants of the trainings include academics and researchers, journalists, farmer groups, agrodealers and government officials.   Training

FtF Project strengthening Nigeria’s agricultural sector through capacity-building

A training course on “Econometrics for Policy Analysis Using STATA” was organized for staff of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in Abuja (c) 2019 IFPRI/Motunrayo Oyeyemi Group Dynamics training held for agrodealers in Benue State in March 2019 (c) 2019 IFPRI/Adetunji Fasoranti The Nigeria Strategy Support Program of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI-NSSP) delivered 16 trainings to close to 400 persons between 25 March and 30 April 2019 in Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi, Niger and Oyo states and Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The trainings, covered a wide range of areas, including Group Dynamics, Issues in Agriculture, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Policy Communications and the use of STATA for policy analysis.

The FTF Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project Trains Academics & Researchers on Econometrics for Policy Analysis in Ebonyi

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


Policy Communications training course for journalists in Ebonyi state (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran On 4 and 5 April 2018, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) facilitated a training course on policy communications for journalists in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state’s capital. The training course was attended by 25 participants (21 males and 4 females) from various media houses in Ebonyi. Recognizing the importance of media in shaping the social narratives on agriculture, this training was organized to enhance media involvement in Nigeria’s agricultural policy process. Already, as a result of this training, these 25 journalists have committed to being more active on social media and dedicating more resources to covering agricultural policy issues in coming months. Trainers and participants of the Policy

The Policy Project Interacts with the Media in Ebonyi State

By Oyinkan Tasie Journalists at the Media Interactive Session in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, June 22, 2017 On June 22, 2017, the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project held an interactive session with the Media in Ebonyi State. Twenty seven (27) journalists from 18 Media Houses in Ebonyi State. In addition to representatives from radio, television and print media, the Public Relations Officer and other staff of the State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources also attended.  Five (5) of the 27 Journalists were also Newspaper Publishers. The session focused on the role of the Media in strengthening the Agricultural Policy Process in Ebonyi State. A major outcome of the session was the commitment by one of the publishers to