The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) continues to work towards strengthening evidence based policymaking, generating policy research to fill key knowledge gaps and improving national capacity for policy analysis in Nigeria. In view of this, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is undertaking research on private irrigation in Nigeria under the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The FtF program expects to support the governments and technical agencies of some 20 “focus countries”, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal and Nigeria in programs focused on:
- Production technology: R&D to enhance the availability of high and optimum yielding germplasm (seeds, varieties, and breeds), improved production practices, pest control, and soil and water management;
- Irrigation and water-use improvement, such as rehabilitation and construction of new structures and wells;
- Post harvest technology, including primary processing, handling, drying, and storage; and
- Agricultural extension (training and communication) on the above topics.
This workshop is an integral part of IFPRI Nigeria research strategy to harvest experiences of distinguished researchers in Nigeria as well as actively involve them into key discussions on the proposed study on private irrigation and agricultural mechanisation in Nigeria.
The main objectives of the workshop are to:
- Discuss preliminary findings from irrigation and agricultural mechanization study based on data collected for second and third National Fadama Development Projects in Nigeria
- Validate draft questionnaires, and survey methodologies for planned irrigation survey
The workshop was attended by 53 participants consisting of agricultural economists, agricultural engineers, independent consultants and researchers from various universities and research institutes (Appendix 2). It was held at The Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, Bayero University, Kano on June 28, 2011.
by Hyacinth Edeh