Importance of rice research and development in rice seed policies

Seed is an important input in agriculture. Appropriate seed policy enables the supply of good varieties to farmers at a low cost. Thus, improved seed-sector functions, including seed subsidies, effective regulations, certifications, and efficient private-sector participation, receive significant attention. Relatively less attention, however, has been given to the suitability of varieties that various seed-sector policies >> Read more

CANCELLED: Upcoming Seminar on Women’s Land Rights May 8th in Abuja

Due to the planned increase in security for the WEFA Conference and the governments plans to shutdown during this time, we are cancelling the May seminar on Women's Land Rights. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.  The seminar, titled "Women's Land Rights and Intra-household Bargaining Power: Perception and Practice of Inheritance in Nigeria," will be >> Read more

RESCHEDULED: Seminar on Youth Employment Now April 30th in Abuja

Due to unforeseen travel issues the April installment of IFPRI Nigeria's Monthly Seminar Series is rescheduled for next Wednesday, April 30th. Join us for the April installment of IFPRI Nigeria's Monthly Seminar Series. This month we are excited to have IFPRI Senior Research Fellow/NSSP Program Leader, Dr. Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong, presenting on the very timely topic of >> Read more

Upcoming APRNet Seminar on Climate Change Risks next Thursday in Abuja

Join us next Thursday for the first edition of APRNet's Policy Seminar series. The objective of this new series is to provide APRNet members a unique opportunity to disseminate significant policy research to and receive feedback from the relevant audience. The Policy Seminar series is one instrument for achieving APRNet’s strategic mission of "connecting research and >> Read more

Upcoming Seminar on Agricultural Mechanization in Zaria on Monday

The National Agriculture Extension Research Liaison Services and Ahmadu Bello University are hosting a seminar featuring IFPRI Research Fellow, Dr. Hiroyuki Takeshima, next Monday in Zaria. In the seminar, titled "Characteristics of tractor-owner operators in Kaduna and Nasarawa states and their implications to agricultural mechanization policies in Nigeria," Dr. Takeshima will present his recent work on agricultural mechanization, >> Read more

IFPRI Nigeria Hiring Research Assistant/Senior Research Assistant

Job Description   Job Title: Research Assistant/Senior Research Assistant   Application Deadline:   Job Category: Research   Department: DSGD Location: Abuja, Nigeria   Appointment Duration: 1 Year Job Code: FO14-006   Position Type: Renewable Recruitment Type: Local   US FLSA Status: Not applicable

Upcoming Feedback Seminar on Agriculture Public Expenditure Review (AgPER) Project

As you may know, IFPRI has been working with the World Bank on an Agriculture Public Expenditure Review (AgPER) in Nigeria.  The purpose of the 2013 review is to get a better understanding of how public funds are being spent on the agricultural sector at the Federal and sub-national levels. This understanding will feed into >> Read more

Upcoming Research Seminar on Rice Markets and Trade – March 14th in Abuja

Please join us on March 14th in Abuja for the next installment of IFPRI Nigeria's Monthly Seminar Series. This month we are pleased to have Dr. Paul Dorosh, Director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division, visiting from IFPRI Washington, he and the Program Leader, Dr. Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong will present their collaborative work on rice trade policy. In the seminar, >> Read more

Upcoming Research Seminar Hosted by IFDC – February 6th in Abuja

The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) Nigeria kindly asked us to share information about their seminar this Thursday. The seminar will feature the Executive Director of the Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC), Dr. Prem Bindraban. The Virtual Fertilizer Research Center's (VFRC) work is focused on finding innovative fertilizers and technologies to leapfrog the socio-economic and environmental problems facing many countries. Please join us >> Read more

Upcoming Research Seminar on Trade Policy – January 23rd in Abuja

Please join us on January 23rd in Abuja for the first installment of IFPRI Nigeria's Monthly Seminar Series in 2014. This month we are honored to have IFPRI Senior Research Fellow/NSSP Program Leader, Dr. Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong, presenting. In the seminar, titled "Welfare Implications of Current Food Trade Policy in Nigeria," Dr. Gyimah-Brempong will discuss the results from IFPRI's >> Read more

Building Smarter Subsidies: Input Subsides in Africa South of the Sahara

Source: Flickr (CIMMYT) Drought tolerant maize seed ready for distribution in Malawi. Cross-posted from the International Food Policy Research Institute. Dec 2, 2013 by Rebecca Sullivan Input subsidy programs—a mainstay of 1960s and 1970s international donor agendas—have regained favor in Africa south of the Sahara in recent years. Although 10 African countries spent more than >> Read more

17th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis: Call for Proposals

Cross-posted from AGRODEP.  Nov 14, 2013 by Soonho Kim                                                                   AGRODEP is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 17th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, co-organized by AGRODEP and the Center for Global Trade Analysis. The goal of the annual conference is to promote the exchange of ideas among economists conducting >> Read more

Policy options for accelerated growth and competitiveness of the domestic rice economy in Nigeria

The Nigerian government has embarked on an ambitious plan to make the country self-sufficient in rice production by 2015 under its current Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA). The plan is in response to the perceived threat to the Nigerian economy of larger volumes of milled rice imports into Nigeria, with an import bill currently exceeding US$2 billion. >> Read more

Learning to Fly: Experts Share Lessons Learned for Transforming Agriculture in Africa

Cross-posted from the International Food Policy Research Institute. Oct 7, 2013 by Rebecca Sullivan Source: Flickr (IFPRI) Panelists (L-R): Shenggen Fan, Yaya Olaniran, Khalid Bomba, Jonathan Shrier  Africa is confronting a complex development challenge: population pressures are driving land scarcity, resulting in progressively smaller plots of land per farmer. On the land that’s still available, soil is >> Read more

Assessing the potential and policy alternatives for achieving rice competitiveness and growth in Nigeria

The principal objective of this paper is to review and assess the policy implications and potential for Nigeria to transform its domestic rice sector and become more competitive with imports in order to ultimately displace them over time. Since 2011, the Nigerian government embarked on an ambitious plan to make the country self-sufficient in rice >> Read more

Upcoming Research Seminar on the Preliminary Results of the Land Tenure Pilot Evaluation – November 5th in Abuja

Please join us on November 5th in Abuja for a seminar by  IFPRI Research Fellow, Dr. Hosaena Hagos. In the seminar, titled "Preliminary Results of the Baseline Survey Conducted in Two LGA’s in South-West Nigeria for Impact Evaluation of the Pilot Systematic Land Tenure Regularization (SLTR) Project," Dr. Hagos will present his preliminary results from the >> Read more

Upcoming Research Seminar on Rice Milling – October 24th in Abuja

Please join us on October 24th in Abuja for a seminar by  IFPRI Research Fellow, Dr. Michael Johnson. In the seminar, titled "Analysis of the policy options for expanding output and improving performance of the rice milling sector in Nigeria," Dr. Johnson will present his current research on rice mills in Nigeria, focusing on Nigeria's domestic potential to compete with imports >> Read more

Upcoming Research Seminar on Agro-dealer Financing – October 31st at IITA in Ibadan

Missed our last presentation on agro-dealer financing? Live in Ibadan? If either of these scenarios apply, join us on October 31st as the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture hosts IFPRI Senior Economist/Consultant Dr. Aderibigbe Olomola for a seminar. In the seminar, titled "Issues Influencing Agro-dealers' Participation in the Loan Market in Nigeria," Dr. Olomola will >> Read more

Agricultural mechanization patterns in Nigeria: Insights from farm household typology and agricultural household model simulation

Anecdotal evidence indicates labor costs for farming in Nigeria are rising while levels of mechanization remain low. Information is scarce regarding the types of farm households that use mechanization in Nigeria and the potential demand for mechanization services among farmers. We apply cluster analysis to data from the Living Standards Measurement Study—Integrated Surveys on Agriculture >> Read more

AgPER Nigeria Validation Workshop this Thursday, September 26th in Akure

IFPRI Researcher Dr. Tewodaj Mogues and Senior Economist/Consultant Dr. Aderibigbe Olomola have been working with the World Bank on an Agriculture Public Expenditure Review (AgPER) at the state level in Cross River, Niger and Ondo States. The World Bank is working on a similar review at the national level. The purpose of the review is >> Read more