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IFPRI Nigeria Hiring Research Assistant/Senior Research Assistant

2014 May 23
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Job Description

Job Title: Research Assistant/Senior Research Assistant Application Deadline:
Job Category: Research Department: DSGD
Location: Abuja, Nigeria Appointment Duration: 1 Year
Job Code: FO14-010 Position Type: Renewable
Recruitment Type: Local US FLSA Status:
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Upcoming Seminar on Land Degradation – June 9th in Abuja

2014 May 23
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On behalf of IFPRI Nigeria, I am pleased to invite you to attend a seminar about land degradation on June 9th in Abuja. The seminar, titled "Who Bears the Burden of the Cost of Land Degradation? Global Assessment of the Cost of Land Degradation & Policy Implications," will be presented by IFPRI Senior Research Fellow Dr. Ephraim Nkonya. During the seminar you will learn more about the costs of action and inaction against land degradation and it's implications for the local and global community. read more...

Importance of rice research and development in rice seed policies

2014 April 30
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by unischan

Seed is an important input in agriculture. Appropriate seed policy enables the supply of good varieties to farmers at a low cost. Thus, improved seed-sector functions, including seed subsidies, effective regulations, certifications, and efficient private-sector participation, receive significant attention. Relatively less attention, however, has been given to the suitability of varieties that various seed-sector policies try to disseminate. For countries like Nigeria, where agricultural research and development (R&D) has long been incapacitated, seed-sector policies may often have insufficient outcomes, not so much because of the efficiency of those policies but mostly because varieties being promoted are outdated (even though they are called improved varieties) or suitable only in certain environments but not in most of the other areas with diverse agroecological conditions.

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This paper addresses these issues using rice in Nigeria as an example. First, this paper shows that rice varietal development in Nigeria has been lagging behind that of other developing countries in Asia and Latin America, due partly to insufficient investment in domestic rice R&D. The paper then illustrates using a household model simulation that impacts of certain policies, such as the seed subsidy, may be greater (smaller) if they are applied to good (poor) varieties. The paper concludes by discussing key policy implications and future research needs.

CANCELLED: Upcoming Seminar on Women’s Land Rights May 8th in Abuja

2014 April 23
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by unischan

Due to the planned increase in security for the WEFA Conference and the governments plans to shutdown during this time, we are cancelling the May seminar on Women's Land Rights. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused. 

The seminar, titled "Women's Land Rights and Intra-household Bargaining Power: Perception and Practice of Inheritance in Nigeria," will be presented by IFPRI Associate Research Fellow, Dr. Hosaena Ghebru. During the seminar you will learn more about women's access to land through the inheritance system in Nigeria.

Source: IFPRI Nigeria

Source: IFPRI Nigeria

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Venue:  IFDC/IFPRI Conference Room No 6/Plot 1413 Ogbagi Street Off Oro-Ago Crescent Cadastral Zone II, Garki, Abuja Nigeria (Near old CBN building and behind Union Homes)
RSVP: Email a.y.bashir@cgiar.org before the 6th of May. We apologize, but we are unable to provide transportation stipends to attend this event.

Abstract:

Looking at inheritance patterns over three generations of individuals, the study examines women's access to land in Nigeria using inheritance information to compare: (i) male and female respondents, and their siblings (1st generation); (ii) wives and their husbands (2nd generation); and (iii) daughters and sons of the respondent household (3rd generation). For this purpose, detailed survey data (on practice and perception/expectation of inheritance) from 4000 households in two LGAs from Ondo State was used. Controlling for a large number of factors, including location, household demography, religion and tribe, we find robust evidence that women, both in the respondents and their children generation, are less likely to inherit land from their respective parents. Looking at the dynamics of inheritance, results show a slight improvement is observed over time. Results also show that women are more likely to receive land inheritance from their mothers than fathers while mother's education has a  positive effect on women's chance of inheritance. Results also show that Women are more likely to receive land inheritance from their mothers than fathers while mother's education has positive effect women chance of inheritance.

Bio:

Dr. Hosaena Ghebru is a Post-doctoral Fellow with the Development Strategy and Governance Division at IFPRI. He earned his PhD in Economics with specialization in Development Economics from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. His principal areas of research are on the economics of land tenure and land policy reforms, the causes and consequences of land rental market participation; measurements of rural poverty and vulnerability, welfare and productivity impacts land tenure reforms. Currently, he is leading (involved in) projects on impact evaluation of land tenure and administration reforms in Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and (Tanzania) and is a project manager for the Global Partnership for Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF).

RESCHEDULED: Seminar on Youth Employment Now April 30th in Abuja

2014 April 14
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Due to unforeseen travel issues the April installment of IFPRI Nigeria's Monthly Seminar Series is rescheduled for next Wednesday, April 30th.

Join us for the April installment of IFPRI Nigeria's Monthly Seminar Series. This month we are excited to have IFPRI Senior Research Fellow/NSSP Program Leader, Dr. Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong, presenting on the very timely topic of Youth Employment. In the seminar, titled "Agricultural Transformation and Youth Employment in Africa: Nigerian Case Study," Dr. Gyimah-Brempong will discuss his current research on youth employment in Nigeria and how agriculture can play a role in mitigating unemployment. For the full abstract, please see below.

vulnerabilityDate: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Time: 2:00PM - 3:30PM

Venue: IFDC/IFPRI Conference Room No 6/Plot 1413 Ogbagi Street Off Oro-Ago Crescent Cadastral Zone II, Garki, Abuja Nigeria (Near old CBN building and behind Union Homes)

RSVP: Email a.y.bashir@cgiar.org before the 29th of April. read more...

Upcoming APRNet Seminar on Climate Change Risks next Thursday in Abuja

2014 April 4
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APRNet

Join us next Thursday for the first edition of APRNet's Policy Seminar series. The objective of this new series is to provide APRNet members a unique opportunity to disseminate significant policy research to and receive feedback from the relevant audience. The Policy Seminar series is one instrument for achieving APRNet’s strategic mission of "connecting research and policy". read more...

Upcoming Seminar on Agricultural Mechanization in Zaria on Monday

2014 March 19
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The National Agriculture Extension Research Liaison Services and Ahmadu Bello University are hosting a seminar featuring IFPRI Research Fellow, Dr. Hiroyuki Takeshima, next Monday in Zaria. In the seminar, titled "Characteristics of tractor-owner operators in Kaduna and Nasarawa states and their implications to agricultural mechanization policies in Nigeria," Dr. Takeshima will present his recent work on agricultural mechanization, focused on tractors. For details and the full abstract, please see below.

Source: Hiroyuki Takeshima

Source: Hiroyuki Takeshima

Date: Monday, March 24, 2014

Time: 10:00AM - 11:30AM

Venue: Main Conference Hall, National Agricultural Extension Research & Liaison Services, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. read more...

IFPRI Nigeria Hiring Research Assistant/Senior Research Assistant

2014 March 17
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by unischan
Job Description
 
Job Title: Research Assistant/Senior Research Assistant   Application Deadline:  
Job Category: Research   Department: DSGD
Location: Abuja, Nigeria   Appointment Duration: 1 Year
Job Code: FO14-006   Position Type: Renewable
Recruitment Type: Local   US FLSA Status: Not applicable

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Upcoming Feedback Seminar on Agriculture Public Expenditure Review (AgPER) Project

2014 March 13
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As you may know, IFPRI has been working with the World Bank on an Agriculture Public Expenditure Review (AgPER) in Nigeria.  The purpose of the 2013 review is to get a better understanding of how public funds are being spent on the agricultural sector at the Federal and sub-national levels. This understanding will feed into the Agriculture Development Policy Operation (AgDPO) in support of the Agriculture Transformation Agenda (ATA). naira

The review examines agricultural policies and development priorities, size and composition of agricultural public expenditure as well as effectiveness and efficiency of agriculture public expenditure at the Federal, State and Local government levels from 2000 to 2012. The cross-tier fiscal and planning relationships between federal and sub-national levels are also examined with particular attention on the mechanisms for fiscal cooperation and agricultural expenditure coordination. read more...

Upcoming Research Seminar on Rice Markets and Trade – March 14th in Abuja

2014 March 10
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Please join us on March 14th in Abuja for the next installment of IFPRI Nigeria's Monthly Seminar Series. This month we are pleased to have Dr. Paul Dorosh, Director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division, visiting from IFPRI Washington, he and the Program Leader, Dr. Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong will present their collaborative work on rice trade policy. In the seminar, titled "Rice Markets and Trade: An International Perspective," Dr. Dorosh and Dr. Gyimah-Brempong will discuss the effects of rice trade policy from an international perspective and take a look at how these trade policies perform in meeting the goal of self-sufficiency. For details and the full abstract, please see below.

Source: IFPRI Nigeria

Source: IFPRI Nigeria

Date: Friday, March 14, 2014

Time: 10:00AM - 11:30AM

Venue: IFDC/IFPRI Conference Room No 6/Plot 1413 Ogbagi Street Off Oro-Ago Crescent Cadastral Zone II, Garki, Abuja Nigeria (Near old CBN building and behind Union Homes)

RSVP: Email u.nischan@cgiar.org before the 13th of March. read more...

Upcoming Research Seminar Hosted by IFDC – February 6th in Abuja

2014 February 5
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The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) Nigeria kindly asked us to share information about their seminar this Thursday. The seminar will feature the Executive Director of the Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC), Dr. Prem Bindraban. The Virtual Fertilizer Research Center's (VFRC) work is focused on finding innovative fertilizers and technologies to leapfrog the socio-economic and environmental problems facing many countries. Please join us Thursday to hear Dr. Bindraban discuss a new way to think about fertilizer. For the details and full abstract, see below.

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time: 2:00PM - 3:30 PM
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Upcoming Research Seminar on Trade Policy – January 23rd in Abuja

2014 January 17
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Please join us on January 23rd in Abuja for the first installment of IFPRI Nigeria's Monthly Seminar Series in 2014. This month we are honored to have IFPRI Senior Research Fellow/NSSP Program Leader, Dr. Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong, presenting. In the seminar, titled "Welfare Implications of Current Food Trade Policy in Nigeria," Dr. Gyimah-Brempong will discuss the results from IFPRI's current study on the implications of select trade policies on the welfare of Nigerians and whether these policies will accomplish the goals they were designed to achieve. For details and the full abstract, please see below.

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Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014

Time: 2:00PM - 3:30PM

Venue: IFDC/IFPRI Conference Room No 6/Plot 1413 Ogbagi Street Off Oro-Ago Crescent Cadastral Zone II, Garki, Abuja Nigeria (Near old CBN building and behind Union Homes) read more...

Building Smarter Subsidies: Input Subsides in Africa South of the Sahara

2013 December 11
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Flickr (CIMMYT)

Drought tolerant maize seed ready for distribution in Malawi.
Cross-posted from the International Food Policy Research Institute.
Dec 2, 2013 by Rebecca Sullivan

Input subsidy programs—a mainstay of 1960s and 1970s international donor agendas—have regained favor in Africa south of the Sahara in recent years. Although 10 African countries spent more than $1 billion on these programs in 2011 alone, little information exists on the impacts the programs are having on households and communities.

In a synthesis article appearing in a special issue of Agricultural Economics, authors T.S. Jayne of the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University and Shahidur Rashid, Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI, review micro-level research on input subsidy programs since the mid-2000s. read more...

17th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis: Call for Proposals

2013 December 3
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Cross-posted from AGRODEP.
 Nov 14, 2013 by Soonho Kim

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AGRODEP is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 17th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, co-organized by AGRODEP and the Center for Global Trade Analysis. The goal of the annual conference is to promote the exchange of ideas among economists conducting quantitative analysis of global economic issues. Particular emphasis will be placed on applied general equilibrium methods, data, and application. Related theoretical and applied work is also welcome. read more...

Policy options for accelerated growth and competitiveness of the domestic rice economy in Nigeria

2013 November 25
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Source: flickr (Arne Hoel / World Bank)

Source: flickr (Arne Hoel / World Bank)

The Nigerian government has embarked on an ambitious plan to make the country self-sufficient in rice production by 2015 under its current Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA). The plan is in response to the perceived threat to the Nigerian economy of larger volumes of milled rice imports into Nigeria, with an import bill currently exceeding US$2 billion. To reverse the growing trend in rice imports, the Nigerian government has introduced a number of key policies and investment strategies to increase domestic rice read more...

Learning to Fly: Experts Share Lessons Learned for Transforming Agriculture in Africa

2013 November 21
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Cross-posted from the International Food Policy Research Institute.
Oct 7, 2013 by Rebecca Sullivan

Source: Flickr (IFPRI)
Panelists (L-R): Shenggen Fan, Yaya Olaniran, Khalid Bomba, Jonathan Shrier

 Africa is confronting a complex development challenge: population pressures are driving land scarcity, resulting in progressively smaller plots of land per farmer. On the land that’s still available, soil is rapidly degrading. How can Africa maintain, let alone ramp up, agricultural productivity to fuel the economic growth necessary to alleviate poverty? At a recent roundtable discussion, “Transforming Agriculture in Africa: The Insiders’ Perspective,” IFPRI convened a group of experts to share their perspectives. read more...

Assessing the potential and policy alternatives for achieving rice competitiveness and growth in Nigeria

2013 November 8
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The principal objective of this paper is to review and assess the policy implications and potential for Nigeria to transform its domestic rice sector and become more competitive with imports in order to ultimately displace them over time. Since 2011, the Nigerian government embarked on an ambitious plan to make the country self-sufficient in rice production by 2015 under its Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA). This was in response to the perceived threat of larger volumes of milled rice being imported into Nigeria every year with an import bill that exceeds US$2 Billion. Aside from rising global prices, domestic demand for rice has been growing at a rapid pace due to changing consumer preferences, rising incomes, and growing urban populations. To achieve its goal of rice self-sufficiency by 2015, the Nigerian government has introduced a number of key policies and investment strategies to reduce imports and increase the competitiveness of local rice. This is being done through a combination of import restrictions, input policy and institutional reforms, and direct investments all long the rice value chain. read more...

Upcoming Research Seminar on the Preliminary Results of the Land Tenure Pilot Evaluation – November 5th in Abuja

2013 October 29
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Please join us on November 5th in Abuja for a seminar by  IFPRI Research Fellow, Dr. Hosaena Hagos. In the seminar, titled "Preliminary Results of the Baseline Survey Conducted in Two LGA’s in South-West Nigeria for Impact Evaluation of the Pilot Systematic Land Tenure Regularization (SLTR) Project," Dr. Hagos will present his preliminary results from the baseline data his team collected in Ondo earlier this year. He will also provide an overview of the project and details on the methodology being used for the evaluation. For the full abstract, please see below.

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Source: IITA Image Library

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Time: 9:30AM - 11:00AM

Venue: IFDC/IFPRI Conference Room No 6/Plot 1413 Ogbagi Street Off Oro-Ago Crescent Cadastral Zone II, Garki, Abuja Nigeria (Near old CBN building and behind Union Homes) read more...

Upcoming Research Seminar on Rice Milling – October 24th in Abuja

2013 October 17
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Please join us on October 24th in Abuja for a seminar by  IFPRI Research Fellow, Dr. Michael Johnson. In the seminar, titled "Analysis of the policy options for expanding output and improving performance of the rice milling sector in Nigeria," Dr. Johnson will present his current research on rice mills in Nigeria, focusing on Nigeria's domestic potential to compete with imports and the policy options to reform the milling sector to increase the quality of domestic rice. For the full abstract, please see below. read more...

Upcoming Research Seminar on Agro-dealer Financing – October 31st at IITA in Ibadan

2013 October 15
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Missed our last presentation on agro-dealer financing? Live in Ibadan? If either of these scenarios apply, join us on October 31st as the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture hosts IFPRI Senior Economist/Consultant Dr. Aderibigbe Olomola for a seminar. In the seminar, titled "Issues Influencing Agro-dealers' Participation in the Loan Market in Nigeria," Dr. Olomola will cover the determinants for agro-dealer participation in loan markets, as well as policy recommendations for improving agro-dealers' access to finance. read more...