On March 5-6, 2018, the policy project conducted a 2- day training workshop on value chain concepts and analysis in Minna, Niger State. Over 70 participants attended the workshop (focused on the fish subsector) from the private sector, government, research institutes, as well as 3 Universities in Niger and Kebbi states. Michigan State University (MSU) faculty (Dr. Tom Reardon and Dr. Saweda Liverpool-Tasie) presented the current international best practice of using representative samples of key nodes across value chains to understand the structure, conduct and performance of value chains and their actors.
The training sessions provided detailed steps to conduct such studies and empowered participants to apply these techniques for a more accurate and holistic perspective of various agricultural subsectors in Nigeria. The broad range of participants provided a forum for multiple stakeholder perspectives of issues and challenges in the fish subsector (and Nigeria more broadly) which will feed into the project’s planned research on the subsector in Niger and Kebbi states. Participants from the universities included both faculty and students.
By Saweda Liverpool-Tasie and Steve Longabaugh