To assist the Nigerian government in the achieving its goal to reduce poverty and hunger in the country, which partly involves reforming its policies to aid agricultural growth, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has been implementing the Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System Project in Nigeria. The SAKSS Project aims to do three things:
- Improve the data and knowledge base available for applied policy analysis
- Address specific gaps in knowledge critical to strategy development through actionable research and implementation
- Strengthen the national capacity for practical, applied policy research that directly informs agricultural and food security strategies and policies.
As part of implementing CAADP, IFPRI is assisting the Department of Planning, Policy Analysis, and Statistics (PPAS) at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in revitalizing its library and databank. Work at the library includes reviewing newspapers and cutting out relevant articles which are neatly processed and added as part of publications for the library. Renovations of the library as well as the databank are also part of the activities. Training workshops were also devised in order to assist improve data and knowledge base available in the department. One of such training workshops was a two day course on the use of Web 2.0 Tools and Library Skills designed for staff of the department. The workshop took place on the 26th and 27thof October, 2010. There were 15 participants for the first day (Appendix A) and 24 participants the second day (Appendix B).
by Valerie Rhoe