Two New NSSP Policy Notes on the Determinants of Chronic Malnutrition in Northern Nigeria

As part of activities under the Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (IFPRI-NSSP) recently released two Policy Notes on the determinants of chronic malnutrition in northern Nigeria to accompany previously released NSSP Working Papers (NSSP Working Paper No. 44 and NSSP Working Paper No. 45) on the >> Read more

Georgetown University Sub-Saharan Africa Scholarship

Georgetown University is offering a full-tuition scholarship for students from Sub-Saharan Africa who are interested in a career in international development.  The scholarship will be awarded based on overall strength of the application with a deadline of January 15, 2018. Competitive applicants should have at least one to two years of experience working in international development >> Read more

2017 Global Hunger Index Highlights the Inequalities of Hunger

The 2017 Global Hunger Index (GHI) shows long-term progress in reducing hunger in the world. The advances have been uneven, however, with millions of people still experiencing chronic hunger and many places suffering acute food crises and even famine. According to 2017 GHI scores, the level of hunger in the world has decreased by 27 >> Read more

Policy Seminar Presentation by Dr. George Mavrotas (IFPRI) at the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN)’s Headquarters in Abuja, 5 October 2017

Dr. George Mavrotas (Head of IFPRI Abuja Office and Director of IFPRI’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program) was invited by the senior management of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) to deliver a policy seminar on the role of the agricultural research system in Nigeria on 5 October 2017. This high-profile event organized by ARCN >> Read more

The IFPRI-NSSP Abuja Office participates in the Joint Sector Review conference organized by the Federal Government of Nigeria

Dr. George Mavrotas, Head of the IFPRI Abuja Office and Director of IFPRI’s Strategy Support Program in Nigeria participated in his capacity as a Member of the Joint Sector Review (JSR) Steering Committee in the JSR Conference organized by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), in Abuja (Rockview Hotel Royal) on 28 and 29 September >> Read more

New Publication Announcement: NSSP Policy Note on the Role of the Locations of Public Sector Varietal Development Activities on Agricultural Productivity

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new NSSP Policy Note entitled The role of the locations of public sector varietal development activities on agricultural productivity. The Policy Note is co-authored by Hiroyuki Takeshima, a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), based in Washington DC and Abdullahi Mohammed Nasir, >> Read more

IFPRI-WFP Organize a Seminar on Resilience of Regional Reserves in Abuja

On Monday, 21 August 2017, the Director General’s Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in collaboration with IFPRI’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) and the World Food Programme (WFP), and under the sponsorship of the European Commission, organized a seminar on “Governance issues of regional reserves” at Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, >> Read more

IFPRI-NSSP and the Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project Facilitates the Agricultural Policy Research Network’s (APRNet) Fourth National Stakeholders Forum on “Making Agricultural Research Work for End Users”

As part of efforts towards promoting agricultural policy research and communication in Nigeria, on 23 August 2017, IFPRI and the Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project supported the Agricultural Policy Research Network’s (APRNet) fourth National Stakeholders Forum on “Making Agricultural Research Work for End Users” organized at Valencia Hotel in Abuja. The forum brought together various stakeholders >> Read more

New Publication Announcement: NSSP Working Paper on Rural Transformation and Land Tenure Security in Nigeria

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new Working Paper from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) entitled, “Scrutinizing the status quo: Rural transformation and land tenure security in Nigeria.” The paper was co-authored by Hosaena Ghebru, Research Fellow at IFPRI and Fikirte Girmachew, Research Officer at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute. The >> Read more

New Publication Announcement: NSSP Working Paper on the Links between the Location of Public Sector Varietal Development Activities and Agricultural Productivity

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new Working Paper from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) entitled, “The role of the locations of public sector varietal development activities on agricultural productivity: Evidence from northern Nigeria. The paper was co-authored by Hiroyuki Takeshima, Research Fellow at IFPRI and Abdullahi Mohammed Nasir, Senior >> Read more

Abuja Launch of IFPRI’s 2017 Global Food Policy Report (GFPR): Improving Rural-Urban Links in Nigeria Crucial for Farmers to Benefit from Expanding Cities

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) held an international conference on Thursday July 20, 2017 at Transcorp Hilton hotel in Abuja to present key findings from the 2017 Global Food Policy Report, the latest in an annual analysis of developments in food policy around the developing world.

Policy Communications Training for Agriculture Ministry Staff

As part of further support to efforts by the Nigerian government to enhance capacity to plan and implement agricultural policy and programming, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has trained 26 mid-career staff of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture on Rural Development (FMARD) on 3-4 July 2017 in Abuja.

New NSSP Publication in the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics

The Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) is pleased to announce a new NSSP publication entitled “Evaluation of Nigerian Agricultural Production Data” by the NSSP Associate Research Fellow Dr. Patrick Hatzenbuehler (co-authored with Philip Abbott and Tahirou Abdoulaye), published in the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (Vol. 12, No. 12, pp. 125-141) in June >> Read more

Introductory Policy Communication Training Course Delivered at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State on 7-8 June, 2017.

On 7-8 June, 2017, a team of 2 IFPRI trainers facilitated an introductory Policy Communication training course at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta which was attended by 26 participants (17 males and 9 females) including faculty and graduate students.

New Publication Announcement: NSSP Working Paper on Strengthening the Nigerian Agricultural Research System

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new NSSP Working Paper entitled: Strategies for Restructuring the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria: Process, Opportunities, and Lessons. The paper is co-authored by Suresh C. Babu, a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Capacity Strengthening at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and E.O. Oyedipe, >> Read more

Policy Event organized on “The Determinants of Chronic Malnutrition in Northern Nigeria with a Focus on Bauchi and Kebbi States”, Abuja, 23 May 2017

Following a request by USAID/Nigeria to conduct a scoping study in order to better understand the main drivers of chronic malnutrition in northern Nigeria, a Policy Event was organized on “The Determinants of Chronic Malnutrition in Northern Nigeria with a Focus on Bauchi and Kebbi States” at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja on 23 >> Read more

Econometrics for Policy Analysis training courses delivered at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State

On May 8-9, 2017, a team of 5 IFPRI trainers facilitated 2 parallel training courses on “Econometrics for Policy Analysis Using Stata” at the Federal University of Technology, Minna which were attended by a total of 50 (30 males and 20 females) participants including faculty and undergraduate students. Requested by the University, the training courses >> Read more

New Study on the Determinants of Chronic Malnutrition in Northern Nigeria

For a little over three weeks in April 2017, a team of four researchers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), led by Dr. Todd Benson, Senior Research Fellow, undertook field work to conduct a series of interviews in Bauchi and Kebbi States as part of a study focusing on the key determinants of >> Read more

New Publication now available: What factors influence nutritional adequacy in rural households in Nigeria?

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new research paper entitled “Factors Influencing Nutritional Adequacy among Rural Households in Nigeria: How Does Dietary Diversity Stand among Influencers?” in the Ecology of Food and Nutrition journal. In this paper, co-authored by Dare Akerele, Rahman Akintayo Sanusi, and Olumuyiwa Fowowe Ashaolu of the Department of >> Read more

First Feed the Future Implementing Partners’ Policy Dialogue on Bringing Balanced Fertilizers to the Nigerian Market was organized in Abuja on April 6, 2017

Following an initiative by USAID/Nigeria for the Feed the Future Implementing Partners (FtF IPs) to closely collaborate on program activities in Nigeria so as to enhance policy impact, the FtF IPs decided to launch the Feed the Future Policy Dialogue series of which the first was delivered on 6 April, 2017 in Abuja. Jointly organized >> Read more