Towards Strengthening Nigeria’s Capacity to Innovate in the Agricultural Sector

“Policy Implementation requires the capacity to identify investment gaps and track progress. Assuming such capacity exists slows down progress.”- Suresh Babu, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Capacity Strengthening Unit for IFPRI At the CDAIS Introductory training in FADAMA House, Abuja (c) 2019 IFPRI As a measure towards driving innovation in Nigeria’s agricultural sector, on 16 September 2019 in Abuja, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) introduced 30 senior officials of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) to tools developed under the Capacity Development for Agriculture Innovation Systems (CDAIS) project. The Capacity Development for Agriculture Innovation Systems (CDAIS) is a global activity funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Under the CDAIS project,

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

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

Policy communication training delivered for journalists in Niger State

Members of the training team and participants of the Introductory Policy Communications training course in Niger State (c) 2018 IFPRI/Bisola Oyediran Journalists, are key players in the policymaking space. As such, it is essential that they are well-equipped to be able to effectively drive public conversations around policy issues. It is on this basis that the Nigeria Strategy Support Program of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI-NSSP) delivered a policy communications training for 27 journalists based in Niger State from 13-14 November 2018. The participants (13 male, 14 female) at the training were all professionals working with various news media firms, including privately, federal and state-owned organizations. The training provided journalists with an introduction to the concepts of policy

IFPRI and NAERLS Deliver Policy Communications Training in Niger State

IFPRI and NAERLS Facilitators alongwith participants of the Policy Communications for Advocacy training held in Minna, Niger State. (C) 2018 IFPRI Bisola Oyediran On 27-28 August 2018, a team of three trainers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and a staff of the National Agricultural Extension Research Liaison Service (NAERLS) held a training on policy communications in Minna, the capital of Nigeria’s Niger State. The 18 (10 males, 8 females) participants of the training entitled Policy Communications for Advocacy, included farmer groups, extension agents, the state’s Agricultural Development Programme, agrodealers and community-based organizations. The topics covered by the training included an introduction to policy communications, the use of social media, as well as sources of information on agriculture.
IFPRI’s Motunrayo Oyeyemi making a presentation at the Stata training in FUT Minna Photo: IFPRI/Hyacinth Edeh 2017 On November 7-9, 2017, a team of 4 trainers from the IFPRI Abuja Office facilitated two parallel training courses on “Econometrics for Policy Analysis using Stata” over three (3) days at the Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUT-Minna) which were attended by a total of 58 participants (41 males and 17 females) including faculty and the graduate student body from various departments within the University.