By Saweda Liverpool-Tasie and Thomas Reardon
On February 20–21, 2017 the Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, supported by USAID Nigeria, organized a two-day training on value chain concepts and analysis in Agriculture at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The training brought together over 100 students and young researchers from Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Plateau states. The training focused on the evolution of value chain concepts and current cutting edge approaches to value chain analysis within agriculture. Participants gained insights on how value chains are often closely interlinked, making it necessary to consider how policies related to one crop or value chain (e.g. maize or fertilizer) could indirectly affect another (such as poultry or aquaculture). Following the training delivered by Dr. Tom Reardon and Dr. Saweda Liverpool-Tasie of Michigan State University, about 50 of the participants went to the field. They are now engaged in field work as the policy project tries to understand how maize wholesaling activity has changed over time in Nigeria where maize demand continues to increase for direct and indirect consumption as industries such as poultry and aquaculture expand.
See the PPT presentations:
Agrifood Value Chains: Concepts, Axes of Transformation, Illustrations
Thomas Reardon, ABU, Zaria, Nigeria. February 20, 2017
Agrifood Value Chains: Research Methods
Thomas Reardon, ABU, Zaria, Nigeria, February 21, 2017