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IFPRI Supports Launch of APRNet Agricultural Policy Research Journal for Nigeria

2016 August 22
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by Elisabeth Douglas

Professor Yusuf Abubakar, Executive Secretary of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria, giving his remarks at the Workshop Organized by APRNet. 2016 (c) Photo Credits Elisabeth Douglas

Professor Yusuf Abubakar, Executive Secretary of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria, giving his remarks at the Workshop Organized by APRNet. 2016 (c) Photo Credits Elisabeth Douglas

As part of efforts towards promoting agricultural policy research and communication in Nigeria, on 10 August 2016, Nigeria’s Agricultural Policy research Network (APRNet), with support from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), has launched a new agricultural policy research journal in Abuja. The launch of the Nigerian Agricultural Policy Research Journal (NAPReJ) coincided with this year’s APRNet National Stakeholder’s Forum under the theme “Making Agricultural Research Work for End Users.” The Forum brought together members of Nigeria’s agricultural research community. read more...

Announcement: New NSSP Working Paper now Available!

2016 August 15
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Number 33 in the NSSP Working Paper Series

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and its Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) is pleased to announce the publication of a new Working Paper titled read more...

IFPRI Supports Nigeria’s Efforts towards Gender Policy for Agriculture

2016 August 8
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Dr George Mavrotas, Head of IFPRI Abuja Office and Leader of IFPRI's Nigeria Strategy Support Program, with other Members of the Plenary Roundtable.

On Thursday, 4 August 2016, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) held a workshop on the Draft National Agricultural Gender Policy. read more...

REMINDER Special Announcement: CALL FOR PAPERS, First Conference of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, Abuja, 27 & 28 September 2016

2016 July 18
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by Elisabeth Douglas

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CALL FOR PAPERS - NAPP Conference 2016

Op-Ed on the Occasion of World Youth Skills Day 2016

2016 July 15
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by Elisabeth Douglas

Improving Skills among Youth: A sine qua non Condition for Enhancing Agricultural Diversification, Entrepreneurial and Employment Prospects for Youth in Nigeria

 “Skills development reduces poverty and better equips young people to find decent jobs. It trigger a process of empowerment and self-esteem that benefits everyone”. – United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon

Contributed by Margaret Adesugba (IFPRI Senior Research Assistant) & George Mavrotas (IFPRI Senior Research Fellow and Head of Office), IFPRI-Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) Abuja Office, Nigeria

 

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Announcement: New NSSP Working Paper now Available

2016 July 4
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NSSP Working Paper 32

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the NSSP Office is pleased to announce the publication of a new Working Paper titled “Market Imperfections for Tractor Service Provision in Nigeria International Perspectives and Empirical Evidence”, authored by Dr. Hiroyuki Takeshima, IFPRI research Fellow.

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Special Announcement: CALL FOR PAPERS, First Conference of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, Abuja, 27 & 28 September 2016

2016 June 24
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CALL FOR PAPERS - NAPP Conference 2016

New Publication: 2016 Global Nutrition Report Now Available

2016 June 15
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by Elisabeth Douglas
The 2016 Global Nutrition Report

The Nigeria Strategy Support Program is pleased to announce the launch of the 2016 Global Nutrition Report from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) entitled “Global Nutrition Report 2016: From Promise to Impact: Ending Malnutrition by 2030.” read more...

New NSSP Publication now available…

2016 April 20
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by Elisabeth Douglas
IFPRI NSSP's latest working paper explores the links between youth unemployment and agriculture in Nigeria.

NSSP Working Paper No. 31- Delving Deeper into the Agricultural Transformation and Youth Employment Nexus: The Nigerian Case

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the NSSP Office is pleased to announce the publication of a new Working Paper titled “Delving deeper into the Agricultural Transformation and Youth Employment Nexus: The Nigerian Case.” The paper, co-authored by Margaret Adesugba and George Mavrotas of the IFPRI Nigeria Strategy Support Program, focuses on issues affecting youth employment in the agricultural sector using also Nigeria as a case study. read more...

A Step Closer to a Reformed Agricultural Research System in Nigeria

2016 March 10
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Blog contributed by Dr. Suresh Babu, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

IFPRI is supporting ARCN's efforts towards reforming and strengthening the agricultural research system in Nigeria.

IFPRI is supporting ARCN's efforts towards reforming and strengthening the agricultural research system in Nigeria. (c) Elisabeth Douglas

For developing countries, agricultural development depends on the total factor productivity of the sector, given the contributions the sector makes to national income. Knowledge and innovation play a key role in increasing the total factor productivity. Public agricultural research systems play a crucial role in providing new knowledge and know-how to the farmers. Enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the national research systems requires continuous improvements in the way they are placed and function to meet the research needs of the agricultural development strategies. read more...

Celebrating International Women’s Day: The Case for Women Empowerment in the Nigerian Agricultural Sector

2016 March 8
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Women Processing Cassava in South West Nigeria © Margaret Adesugba

Contributed by Margaret Adesugba, Senior Research Assistant, IFPRI

“When women are empowered and can claim their rights and access to land, leadership, opportunities and choices, economies grow, food security is enhanced and prospects are improved for current and future generations" - Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile and former Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women read more...

IFPRI-NSSP PARTICIPATES IN FMARD LAUNCH OF KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT (KM) FRAMEWORK

2016 March 7
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by Elisabeth Douglas

IFPRI NSSP's Head of Office, Dr George Mavrotas, at the Launch of the Agricultural Knowledge Management System for Nigeria

As a natural partner of the Nigerian Government on agricultural issues, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)’s Office in Nigeria is committed to supporting the effective implementation of the Knowledge Management framework developed by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for the Nigerian agricultural sector. read more...

A Joint NSSP and GSSP Policy Note has just been published – Agricultural Mechanization and South-South Knowledge Exchange: What can Ghanaian and Nigerian policymakers learn from Bangladesh’s experience?

2016 February 9
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In 2015, 95 per cent of the farm area in Bangladesh was cultivated using mechanized equipment, a massive increase from 30 per cent in the mid-1990s. read more...

IFPRI and the NSSP Office Contribute to the National Workshop for the Reform of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN)

2015 December 15
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(From left to right) Dr George Mavrotas, Program Leader, Head of Office for IFPRI Nigeria, Dr Suresh Babu, IFPRI's Head of Capacity Strengthening and Prof. B. Y. Abubakar, executive Secretary of ARCN. Photo Credits- Elisabeth Douglas

(From left to right) Dr George Mavrotas, Program Leader, Head of Office for IFPRI Nigeria, Dr Suresh Babu, IFPRI's Head of Capacity Strengthening and Prof. B. Y. Abubakar, Executive Secretary of ARCN. Photo Credits- Elisabeth Douglas (c) 2015

As Nigeria works towards reforming its agricultural research system, more effective collaboration between its national research institutions and international research centres such as the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is an important ingredient to strengthening further the system. This was the key message delivered by Dr George Mavrotas, Senior Research Fellow and Head of IFPRI Office in Abuja, at the National Workshop for the reform of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) held on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 December 2015 in Abuja. Dr Mavrotas also stressed that IFPRI is a natural partner in this important exercise in view of its dynamic presence with an IFPRI Office and country program in Nigeria since 2007. read more...

New Publication: Determinants of adoption of improved cassava varieties among farming households in Oyo, Benue, and Akwa Ibom states of Nigeria

2015 November 25
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by imasias

The Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) is pleased to announce a new publication from the International Food Policy Research Institute's HarvestPlus program entitled "Determinants of adoption of improved cassava varieties among farming households in Oyo, Benue, and Akwa Ibom states of Nigeria"  by Abdoulaye Tahirou, A.S. Bamire, Adewale Oparinde, and A.A. Akinola as the 20th publication of the HarvestPlus Working Paper Series.

Abstract: Biofortified pro-vitamin A cassava varieties are being developed and deployed in Nigeria and other countries. Understanding the adoption pathways of already released non-biofortified improved cassava varieties can inform decision makers on how best to disseminate the newly developed varieties. This paper empirically investigated factors influencing adoption of the improved cassava varieties in Akwa Ibom, Benue, and Oyo states in Nigeria. A multi-stage sampling technique was used to select a sample of 1,609 farming households. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and the Probit regression model. The results* showed that Oyo State had the highest reported rate of improved cassava use (69 percent of farmers surveyed), followed by Benue (52 percent), with the lowest in Akwa Ibom (38 percent). The variables that significantly influenced adoption of improved cassava varieties include education (p<0.01), livestock ownership (p<0.05), access to extension services (p<0.01), farmers’ organizations (p<0.05), participation in demonstration trials, and location-specific variables (p<0.01). The positive influence of the location-specific variable in favor of Oyo compared with Benue could be linked to proximity to, and the activities of, international and national research institutes. Within states, regression analysis reveals significant differences across agricultural extension zones. This suggests the need to develop localized strategies that account for applicable socioeconomic and institutional conditions. To increase adoption, an intensive program for farmers’ participation in on-farm demonstration trials should be considered. This can be achieved by facilitating group formation to encourage increased knowledge sharing among members, thereby promoting uptake of newly developed pro-vitamin A cassava varieties.

New Publication in the NSSP Working Paper Series: “Driving Agricultural Transformation with the Power of Information and Communication Technology: The Performance of Nigeria’s Growth Enhancement Support Scheme”

2015 November 16
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by imasias

The Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) is pleased to announce the publication of the paper entitled "Driving Agricultural Transformation with the Power of Information and Communication Technology: The Performance of Nigeria's Growth Enhancement Support Scheme" by Professor Aderibigbe S. Olomola in the NSSP Working Paper Series (Working Paper No. 30).

Abstract: Nigeria liberalized input distribution and established the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GESS) in 2011 to deliver subsidized inputs to farmers as part of its Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA). Despite the relevance of the GESS as a subsidy delivery mechanism, its achievements during the first year of implementation (2012) were below expectations. In 2015, as the first phase of the GESS is ending, has there been any significant improvement in its implementation? What improvements have occurred in redemption and participation rates? Even though the GESS is known to be making contributions in terms of ensuring direct access by farmers to subsidized inputs, the main determinants of farmers’ participation remain unknown. This study seeks to (i) examine the application of ICT innovations in the implementation of the GESS; (ii) assess its implementation performance from inception to date; and (iii) determine the factors influencing farmers’ participation in the scheme. The study is timely and has significant policy relevance judging by the desire of the government of Nigeria to understand the performance of the GESS in view of the enormous financial and material resources that have been committed to the scheme since its inception in 2012. An evaluation of the performance of the GESS will provide the government with feedback required for making adjustments in input subsidy spending, especially in the face of the recently declining oil revenues. It becomes imperative to have evidence to inform policy decisions regarding possible adjustments as the scheme passes over the first phase.

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NSSP participates in the HarvestPlus Nutritious Food Fair

2015 November 10
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NSSP Senior Research Assistant, Motunrayo Oyeyemi, informing fair participants of NSSP's work in Nigeria. ©IFPRI/Ian Masias

NSSP Senior Research Assistant, Motunrayo Oyeyemi, informing participants of NSSP's work in Nigeria. ©IFPRI/Ian Masias

The Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) participated in the HarvestPlus Nutritious Food Fair on November 4-5, 2015 at IITA Station in Kubwa, Abuja. The intention of the fair was to bring together stakeholders in the public and private sectors, working on market-based solutions to malnutrition, to exhibit products, showcase opportunities and discuss challenges faced by investors and marketers in delivering nutritious food to Nigerians. NSSP held a small exhibition of recent International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and NSSP publications and informed participants of IFPRI's work globally and NSSP's work in Nigeria.

HarvestPlus supports the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) to breed, test, and release vitamin A cassava developed through a partnership with the Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). HarvestPlus works with public and private sector partners to multiply vitamin A cassava stems and distribute to farmers. Their network of extension agents and rural facilitators receive training in best agronomic practices, which they pass along to farmers at the household level. Creative public awareness campaigns leverage the power of mass media, including that of Nollywood, in educating Nigerians on micronutrient deficiencies and the benefits of vitamin A cassava. They are also creating and strengthening demand by supporting commercial processing of vitamin A cassava into popularly consumed products such as gari and fufu that are marketed nationwide. Innovative strategies to promote adoption and consumption include one-stop shop models where consumers can buy vitamin A cassava stems, tubers, and ready-to-eat products such as pies, cakes, and fufu. HarvestPlus' advocacy seeks to strengthen national ownership of biofortification through effective integration into national nutrition and agricultural policies. This whole strategy will be employed from 2016 to deliver vitamin A maize to millions of Nigerians particularly targeting the middle belt where maize is a major staple.

2015 Global Nutrition Report: Actions and Accountability to Advance Nutrition and Sustainable Development

2015 October 21
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GNRThe Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) is pleased to announce the release of the 2015 Global Nutrition Report: Actions and Accountability to Advance Nutrition and Sustainable Development recently released by the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Children whose growth is stunted, people who don’t get enough vitamins and minerals for a healthy life, adults who are overweight and obese—malnutrition takes many forms and affects every country on earth. A problem of staggering size, malnutrition is widespread enough to threaten the world’s sustainable development ambitions.

The Global Nutrition Report 2015 is a report card on the world’s nutrition—globally, regionally, and country by country—and on efforts to improve it. It assesses countries’ progress in meeting global nutrition targets established by the World Health Assembly. It documents how well countries, aid donors, NGOs, businesses, and others are meeting the commitments they made at the major Nutrition for Growth summit in 2013. And it spells out the actions that proven effective in combating malnutrition in all its forms.

The 2015 report makes it clear that global progress to reduce malnutrition has been slow and uneven. Nearly half of all countries face multiple serious burdens of malnutrition such as poor child growth, micronutrient deficiency, and adult overweight and obesity. No country is on track to achieve the global nutrition targets established by the World Health Assembly. Some countries, however, have made notable progress and the Report seeks to understand the factors that contributed to improvements.

The second in an annual series, the Global Nutrition Report 2015 also highlights the critical relationship between climate change and nutrition, as well as the pivotal role business can play in advancing nutrition. It considers how countries can build food systems that are more nutrition friendly and sustainable.
With a wealth of data and analysis, the report aims to improve accountability among the governments, institutions, businesses, and others whose actions affect people’s nutrition. It is accompanied by extensive supplementary online data, including nutritional profiles for 193 countries, 6 regions, and 22 subregions.

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2015 Global Hunger Index: Armed Conflict and the Challenge of Hunger

2015 October 15
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by imasias

2IJaEFcquhaqVlva-LqPDrubp0QaPsnuD5H116EaHL4The Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) is pleased to announce the release of the 2015 Global Hunger Index: Armed Conflict and the Challenge of Hunger by Klaus Von Grebmer, Jill Bernstein, Alex De Waal, Nilam Prasai, Sandra Yin, and Yisehac Yohannes. The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger globally and by country and region. Calculated each year by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the GHI highlights successes and failures in hunger reduction and provides insights into the drivers of hunger. By raising awareness and understanding of regional and country differences in hunger, the GHI aims to trigger actions to reduce hunger.

The level of hunger in developing countries as a group has fallen by 27 percent since 2000. While the world has made progress in reducing hunger in recent decades, the state of hunger is still serious or alarming in 52 countries.

These findings come from the 2015 Global Hunger Index (GHI) report, the tenth in an annual series that tracks the state of hunger worldwide, regionally, and by country, turning a spotlight on those regions and countries where action is needed most to address hunger.

This report's GHI scores are based on a new, improved formula that reflects the multidimensional nature of hunger by combining four indicators related to undernourishment, wasting, stunting, and child mortality.

The report features an essay, "Armed Conflict and the Challenge of Hunger: Is an End in Sight?" In it, Alex de Waal, executive director of the World Peace Foundation, shares a scoop about a historic achievement. Calamitous famines—those that cause more than 1 million deaths each—seem to have disappeared. He analyzes the reasons behind the famines as well as what needs to be done to prevent them from coming back.

Although hunger and armed conflict have often traveled hand in hand, history has shown that hunger can be averted. If humanitarian responses in the modern world are effective, conflict need not necessarily lead to the extreme hunger that is famine.

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New Journal Publication – Characteristics of private-sector tractor service provisions: Insights from Nigeria

2015 September 21
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The Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) is pleased to announce the publication of “Characteristics of private-sector tractor service provisions: Insights from Nigeria” by Hiroyuki Takeshima, Hyacinth O. Edeh, Akeem O. Lawal, Moshud A. Isiaka in The Developing Economies (Vol. 54 Issue 3).

Abstract: Agricultural mechanization has been integral to agricultural transformation during periods of development. Mechanization-service provisions can be constrained by economies of scale, seasonality, limited mobility, or heterogeneous inputs quality. However, information has been scarce regarding how the private sector has overcome these constraints especially in countries like Nigeria that are at low agricultural development stages. We present the results of a small survey of tractor owner-operators conducted in Nigeria. We find that existing private-sector tractor-hiring services in Nigeria are indeed constrained. However, we also find heterogeneity among these owner-operators. In particular, those who buy tractors from private markets or from private individuals are more efficient than those who receive tractors through government programs, providing services to a greater area at lower costs, including during off-peak seasons, sometimes selecting machinery types according to soil types. We conclude with a discussion of some policy implications.