Research Brief: The Role of the Locations of Public Sector Varietal Development Activities on Agricultural Productivity

Hiroyuki Takeshima and Abdullahi Mohammed Nasir. October 2017. The Role of the Locations of Public Sector Varietal Development Activities on Agricultural Productivity. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Brief 47. East Lansing: Michigan State University

KEY FINDINGS
• Crop varietal development in Nigeria is primarily conducted by the public sector. Consequently, most improved crop varieties have been released by a relatively small number of institutes.
• Crop productivity in Nigeria can be significantly increased by expanding support for crop varietal development in a manner that increases the similarity in agroecological conditions between the locations where crop breeding is conducted and the areas where farmers produce those crops.
• Diversity in the locations of research institutes conducting crop breeding and varietal development matters for overall crop productivity and technical efficiency in Nigeria.

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