[CHANGE OF VENUE!!] NSSP Policy Seminar – Thursday, 13 September 2012

NSSP Policy Seminar Thursday, September 13 | 2:00 – 3:30

“Challenges of Land Governance in Nigeria: Insights from a case study in Ondo state”

This paper presents the findings of a case study on land governance in the Ondo State of Nigeria. A conceptual framework based on concepts of organizational theory is presented to guide the study. The empirical part of the study focuses on two cases of land registration and two cases of land acquisition. A participatory mapping >> Read more

“Policy options to strengthen the cassava and rice supply chains”

Nigeria is the world’s largest cassava producer and Africa’s largest rice importer. The government and private sector should figure out ways to enhance cassava’s competitiveness in the international market and improve the efficiency of domestic rice production and processing. A range of policies and initiatives can strengthen cassava and rice supply chains, all the way >> Read more

AGRODEP – Invitation to Apply

AGRODEP is an initiative led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in cooperation with the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA), the West African Council on Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD), and the Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Network (FANRPAN). Its goal is to position African experts >> Read more

“How does ownership of farm implements affect investment in other farm implements when farmers’ liquidity constraint is relaxed?: Insights from Nigeria”

Mechanization is a key to agricultural productivity growth in developing countries. Farm implements, ranging from hand tools to draft animals to milling machines to power tillers and tractors, often play complementary roles with each other, and supporting adoption of certain farm implements may also speed up adoption of others. In the absence of credit, insurance, >> Read more

“Analyses of the poultry value chain and its linkages and interactions with HPAI risk factors in Nigeria”

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has impacts that reverberate throughout the poultry marketing chain. Nigeria suffered waves of HPAI outbreaks that peaked twice in February 2006 and February 2007. The outbreaks affected 3,057 commercial and rural household farms causing 1.3 million of the country’s 160 million poultry to be destroyed at the cost of United >> Read more

“Heterogeneous treatment effects of integrated soil fertility management on crop productivity: Evidence from Nigeria”

This study compares the impacts of integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) on crop production with use of either mineral fertilizer or organic manure alone. We also investigate the conditions under which .ISFM technology has greater beneficial effects on yields and the factors constraining its uptake. To answer these questions, the study uses a cross-sectional, plot-level >> Read more

Economic Report on Africa 2011

The Economic Commission for Africa has published its Economic Report on Africa 2011.  See below a brief overview and link to the report: Governing development in Africa - The role of the state in economic transformation Through the prism of changing development strategies, the Report reviews Africa’s economic growth and social development experience since the >> Read more

Food Security Aid Map

Please follow the link at the bottom of this post for a visual demonstration of the size of food aid all over the world.  From the site-owners: The recent financial and economic crises, as well as volatile food prices, have pushed millions of people into poverty and hunger. Estimates of the number of people suffering >> Read more

Call for papers – Increasing Agricultural Productivity & Enhancing Food Security in Africa

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in conjunction with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) is organizing a conference on the theme "Increasing Agricultural Productivity & Enhancing Food Security in Africa:  New Challenges and Opportunities." The conference will be held on 1 - 3 November 2011 >> Read more

Call for papers – African Journal of Agricultural Research (AJAR)

The African Journal of Agricultural Research (AJAR) is currently accepting manuscripts for publication. AJAR publishes high-quality solicited and unsolicited articles, in English, in all areas of agriculture including arid soil research and rehabilitation, agricultural genomics, stored products research, tree fruit production, pesticide science, post harvest biology and technology, seed science research, irrigation, agricultural engineering, agricultural >> Read more

International Training Program on "Fertilizer Policy and Marketing Strategies in Africa"

Below is a workshop announcement from the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC).  Please contact them directly with questions/comments, as this post is only a medium for announcing the workshop, and IFPRI is not affiliated with the event. The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is pleased to announce that an international workshop entitled “Fertilizer Policy and >> Read more

“Farm households’ preference for cash-based compensation versus livelihood-enhancing programs: A choice experiment to inform avian flu compensation policy in Nigeria”

In this paper we attempt to bridge the resilience school of thought and incentive compatibility in livestock disease control policies through a pilot choice experiment study conducted on 104 farm households in the Nasarawa state of Nigeria. The aim of this study was to shed light on farm households’ valuation of various compensation plan attributes >> Read more

“Nigeria: Recent developments in agricultural research”

After a period of stagnation in the late-1980s and early 1990s, investments in Nigeria’s public agricultural R&D increased substantially around the turn of the millennium. Adjusted for inflation, investments doubled from 12 million naira in 2000 to 24 million in 2008 (in 2005 prices). This growth included increased researcher salaries and substantial investments for the >> Read more

“Strengthening innovation capacity of Nigerian agricultural research organizations”

Strong agricultural research and development (R&D) is crucial for improving agricultural productivity and efficiency, which in turn both lead to agricultural development, food security, and poverty reduction. However, several studies have shown that in many developing countries, in particular in sub-Saharan Africa, there is persistent underinvestment in R&D and weak research capacity, both of which >> Read more

‘Google in Your Language’ – African language translation

Last month, the Google Africa team announced plans to expand the number of African languages supported by Google search and applications.  The project is called Google in Your Language and it invites interested universities and community volunteers to contribute to Google's translation tools for African languages.  Participants will attend engaging translation workshops where they will expand >> Read more

Online Maps: Population and Climate Change Hotspots

A new guide to Population Action International’s mapping website shows how climate change and population dynamics will change the world over time. High rates of population growth and climate change consequences overlap in many countries. Interactive maps illustrate how climate change impacts, demographic trends, and the need for contraception are likely to affect countries’ abilities >> Read more

Conference on Emerging Issues in Agricultural Economics

The Center for Agricultural Economic Research, in cooperation with the Department of Agricultural Economics and Management of the Hebrew University, will host an international workshop on “Emerging Issues in Agricultural Economics”. The workshop will take place on the campus of the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment in Rehovot, Israel, during May >> Read more

PRB Policy Fellowship

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is currently accepting applications for its Policy Fellows program.  The program provides participants with an understanding of how research can inform social policy, and a detailed knowledge of different approaches to communicating research findings to non-specialists. It begins with a two-week workshop held at PRB, during which participants learn about >> Read more

“Asset dynamics in Northern Nigeria”

This paper examines household asset dynamics and gender-differentiated asset inequality over a 20-year period (1988–2008) in northern Nigeria. We show that the initial endowments of both household capital and livestock holdings are inconsistent with the poverty trap hypothesis but that tracking rules for households in panel surveys may lead to differences in empirical results on >> Read more