Nigeria Agricultural News Digest

Experts to Design Research Framework for Agric Development

The Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) team composed of program and project staff, donor representatives, and partners met at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan to design a research framework for the program. The two-day meeting reviewed an earlier research framework developed by a task force coordinated by USAID, identified gaps and roles of partners working on the projects, pinpointed project sites and a portfolio of interventions for the program, and design monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system.

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 Flooding: Food Scarcity Looms, Expert Warns

The unprecedented flooding sweeping across many states of the federation is a threat to food security in the country and a sign of possible food scarcity next year, the Managing Director, Upper Niger River Basin Development Authority (UNRBDA), Professor Paul Shaba Marley warned yesterday. Marley, a professor of crop production, told reporters in Minna, Niger State, that the floods have washed away many farmlands, especially in the North.

He said the country should therefore brace up for possible food scarcity on account of the devastating effect of the flooding. The river basin authority boss pointed out that the volume of water associated with flood is inimical to crop production adding that except the water in the submerged farmlands recedes quickly, especially in places where cereals are grown in the North, next year may be unpleasant for the country.

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