Recap of IFPRI-NSSP 2012 Research Conference

NSSP RESEARCH CONFERENCE: Informing Nigeria's Agricultural Transformation Agenda with Policy Analysis and Research Evidence Held November 13-14, 2012 NSSP's 2012 conference highlighted the results of the program's research over the two years which have passed since its National Stakeholders Forum in 2010. The conference was intended to bring together policymakers, researchers, development partners, and other >> Read more

Impact of Fertilizer Subsidies on the Commercial Fertilizer Sector in Nigeria: Evidence from Previous Fertilizer Subsidy Schemes

We examine whether and how much previous fertilizer subsidy schemes in Nigeria crowded-in or crowded-out the privatesector fertilizer. We apply a system of endogenous Tobit regressions which account for interlinkages between the subsidized fertilizer market, the commercial fertilizer market, and the open-market fertilizer price. We use data from two separate agricultural household surveys, one of >> Read more

Nigeria Agricultural News Digest

We Need Funds Not Phones, Farmers tell FG Farmers across the country have criticized the plan by the Federal Government to distribute mobile phones to 10 million farmers. They described it as a misplaced priority. A member of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria in Delta State, Dr. John Akwara, said phones do not appear >> Read more

Impact of Fertilizer Subsidies on the Commercial Fertilizer Sector in Nigeria: Evidence from Previous Fertilizer Subsidy Schemes

Under the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA), the government of Nigeria is implementing a new fertilizer program in which the government will withdraw from fertilizer marketing and distribution to promote the development of the private sector to take on these functions. We assess the impact of previous fertilizer subsidy programs on the private fertilizer sector as >> Read more

Did Using Input Vouchers Improve the Distribution of Subsidized Fertilizer in Nigeria? The Case of Kano and Taraba States

Though input vouchers are increasingly being used as a mechanism to target subsidies in developing countries, limited empirical evidence of their performance relative to other distribution mechanisms exist. Consequently this study contributes to this scarce literature by comparing an input voucher program piloted in Nigeria in 2009 to the previous government led distribution mechanism. Input >> Read more

Nigeria Agricultural News Digest

Nigeria Agricultural News Digest

Nigeria Agricultural News Digest

Gates Foundation to Open Office in Abuja

ABUJA - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on September 13, 2012 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Government of Nigeria. Nigeria’s Minister of National Planning, Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman signed the MOU in Abuja with the Gates Foundation’s Director for Africa, Laurie Lee.

Nigeria Agricultural News Digest

Nigeria Agricultural News Digest

Nigeria Agricultural News Digest

Nigeria Agricultural News Digest

Consulting Civil Society Organizations on their Capacity for Agricultural Transformation in Nigeria

The Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) is currently carrying out an assessment of individuals and organizations in Nigeria on their involvement and capacity to participate in the agricultural policy processes. This study is an effort to help the Nigerian government identify capacity strengthening needs for the implementation of its agricultural transformation agenda.

Nigeria Agricultural News Digest

The Role of Nigerian Agriculture in West African Food Security

Ensuring food security remains a major challenge confronting West African countries[1]. Though food production has increased in the recent past, the region as a whole is not likely to meet the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the number of malnourished people by 2015. Nigeria is a leading food producer and marketer in the >> Read more

FEWSNET June 2012 Food Prices Update

FEWS NET has released its June update on the trend of prices of staple food across countries vulnerable to food insecurity. The highlights of the June 2012 update include:

Call for Papers – “The Economics of Commodity Markets”

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) will host the first of two meetings on “The Economics of Commodity Markets” to discuss emerging issues in commodity markets and their implications for finance, monetary economics, and macroeconomics.

“Irrigation Pumps and Milling Machines as Insurance against rainfall and Price Risks in Nigeria”

The majority of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) lack the means to mitigate the impact of risks associated with rainfall and commodity prices due to financial constraints and the imperfect insurance markets in these countries. Because most SSA farmers are risk averse, they may be willing to invest in productive assets that can mitigate the >> Read more

“Onset Risk and Draft Animal Investment in Nigeria”

Onset risk, the uncertainty in the onset of rainy season, is an important element of weather risk for African farmers with little access to formal insurance who engage in traditional rainfed farming. A knowledge gap still exists empirically on how onset risk may affect the investment decisions of these farmers. In particular, farm productivity in >> Read more