The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) MARKETS, is implementing the Global Food Security Response (GFSR) project, facilitated by IFPRI’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD). GFSR is an initiative to strengthen evidence-based policymaking in Nigeria in the areas of rural agricultural developments and food security. In order to disseminate results and share knowledge and experience, IFPRI’s NSSP, in collaboration with FMARD and with financial support from USAID MARKETS, organized a one-day national stakeholder forum which was held at the Unity Hall of Reiz Continental Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria on October 19, 2010.
The objectives of the forum were to:
- share evidence-based strategic support to CAADP and Nigeria’s agricultural strategy; and
- disseminate findings on the demand and access to agricultural inputs: seed, Fertilizer, and irrigation.
The forum attracted high-level policymakers, including the Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture. There were also participants from the various departments and agencies of FMARD, as well as representatives of farmer organizations, development partners, academia, and the private sector. There were 82 registered participants (see Appendix A and B for agenda and participants list).
This report provides a summary of the presentations delivered, testimonies shared, comments made, and the main conclusions of the small group discussions, as well as recommendations and suggestions for moving forward.
by Babatunde Olaniyan