Over the five-day period covering 14-18 January 2019, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) delivered on behalf of the FTF Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, a training course on “Issues in Agriculture and Development” for policy analysts from the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources as well as researchers from the University of Port Harcourt, the University of Calabar, the Niger Delta University and Cross River University of Technology in Calabar, Cross River State.
The 47 participants (34 male and 13 female) were taken through the various issues relevant to Nigeria’s agricultural policy space. The aim of the training was to build the national capacity of Nigeria’s policy analysts and researchers to provide and make available evidence that would ensure sound policymaking for the country’s agricultural sector.
In his feedback on the training, Marcel U. Agim, the State Project Coordinator for the World Bank Assisted APPEALs Project in Cross River State had this to say: “This training workshop really came at the right time. As a Project Coordinator of a World Bank Assisted Project, every bit of the training (i.e. Land Governance and Tenure Security, Climate Change and Variability, Food and Nutrition Security, Agricultural Project Impact Evaluation) was very key and necessary in aiding me carry out my duties….”. He went further to say, “I wish to solicit that this type of workshop trainings should be regular as we fight for a zero hunger world.”
This training is part of the capacity building activities of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development. The project is jointly funded by Michigan State University and the Nigeria