“A Review of Fertilizer Policy Issues in Nigeria”

Low fertilizer use is one of the many reasons for low agricultural productivity in Nigeria. Fertilizer use estimated at 13 kg/ha in 2009 by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), is far lower than the 200 kg/ha recommended by the FAO as well as the 104 kg/ha in South Asia and 142 kg/ha in Southeast Asia. This brief reviews existing studies on the fertilizer sector in Nigeria and provides a summary of the results of recent surveys and analytic work conducted by IFPRI in Nigeria under the Global Food Security Response (GFSR) initiative of the USAID.

NSSP Policy Note 28

by Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, Babatunde Olaniyan, Sheu Salau and James Sackey