NSSP Policy Notes were formerly called NSSP Policy Briefs, but this convention was changed starting with the publication of NSSP Policy Note 22.

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

Announcement: New Publications Available

The International Food Policy Research Institute’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (IFPRI-NSSP) is pleased to announce the publication of a new NSSP Working Paper No. 37 and its accompanying NSSP Policy Note No. 38, titled Institutions and public agricultural investments: A qualitative study of state and local government spending in Nigeria. The Working Paper and Policy >> Read more

Announcement: New Publications Available

The International Food Policy Research Institute’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (IFPRI-NSSP) is pleased to announce the publication of a new NSSP Working Paper No. 36 and its accompanying NSSP Policy Note No. 37, entitled Who influences government spending in agriculture? The roles of public actors in subnational funding allocation in Nigeria. The Working Paper and >> Read more

A Joint NSSP and GSSP Policy Note has just been published – Agricultural Mechanization and South-South Knowledge Exchange: What can Ghanaian and Nigerian policymakers learn from Bangladesh’s experience?

In 2015, 95 per cent of the farm area in Bangladesh was cultivated using mechanized equipment, a massive increase from 30 per cent in the mid-1990s.

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

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

“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

“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

“Farmers’ Preferences on Seed Purchase Timing – Rice, Cowpea, and Maize Growers in Nigeria”

The timely availability of seeds at planting time is considered one of the important factors for faster improved seed adoption in Nigeria. There is a lack of empirical information on how much more farmers are willing to pay (WTP) for seeds at planting time compared to a few months before planting time. The information on >> Read more

“Assessment of the 2009 Fertilizer Voucher Program in Kano and Taraba, Nigeria”

Despite many efforts to ease Nigerian farmers’ access to quality and affordable fertilizer, it remains a key challenge for Nigerian agricultural policymakers. As a result, the Nigerian government is experimenting with implementing a fertilizer voucher scheme, which is intended to improve on the current fertilizer distribution system. This brief analyzes the application of input vouchers >> Read more

“Encouraging Youth’s Involvement in Agricultural Production and Processing”

Available evidence suggests an ageing farming population in Nigeria, with an average age of 47 years and life expectancy at 47-50 years in 2008 (NBS 2008, Oboh et al., 2009). In 2009, the national unemployment rate was 19.7 percent with the youth accounting for more than 75 percent (NBS, 2010). Increased involvement of youth in >> Read more

“A Review of Fertilizer Policy Issues in Nigeria”

Low fertilizer use is one of the many reasons for low agricultural productivity in Nigeria. Fertilizer use estimated at 13 kg/ha in 2009 by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), is far lower than the 200 kg/ha recommended by the FAO as well as the 104 kg/ha in South Asia and 142 >> Read more

“Review of Private Agricultural Advocacy Groups in Nigeria”

Public-private sector dialogue in Nigeria’s economic policymaking process is fragmented and unstructured. As a result, the private sector has moved to organize itself around trade groups, which have the tendency to seek self-interest. Advocacy groups can help bring balance in private-public sector dialogue. This paper explores agricultural advocacy groups in Nigeria as instruments for economic >> Read more

“Improving Marketing and Traceability of Agricultural Commodities: The Role of Cooperatives”

Farmer cooperatives are viewed as mechanisms to help improve the marketing environment for poor rural farmers faced with limited and uncertain consumer demand for the goods they produce. Cooperatives can help reduce production costs by organizing bulk input purchases for their members. They may also be used as social organizations and serve as a medium >> Read more

“Review of Small Farmer Access to Agricultural Credit in Nigeria”

The important role of credit in agricultural enterprise development and sustainability has prompted the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) to establish credit schemes such as the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme (ACGS) and Agricultural Credit Support Scheme (ACSS) to ensure farmers’ access to agricultural credit. Yet, the situation has not improved substantially; based on the 2006 >> Read more

“Alternative Energy Sources for Agricultural Production and Processing in Nigeria”

Around the world, it is recognized in agricultural production and processing that energy (farm power) is perhaps the second most important input besides land. Yet the agricultural sector in Nigeria has access to less than one percent of the total conventional energy supply in the country (EarthTrends 2003). This brief explores solutions to the rural >> Read more

“Economics of farmers’ demand for private irrigation in Nigeria”

Small-scale private irrigation (SPRI) schemes make up much of the irrigated areas in Nigeria. These irrigated areas, though, are only about three percent of the cultivated area in the country. Constraints on SPRI expansion are investigated by many studies in Nigeria, but key knowledge gaps in at least four areas still need to be resolved. >> Read more

“Agricultural Mechanization and the Smallholder Farmers in Nigeria”

The majority of Nigeria’s smallholder farmers are often too poor to employ modern tools, such as tractors and plows, even with substantial government support. In this respect, an agricultural mechanization policy would need effective targeting with regard to particular farming activities and types of farmers for which different forms of mechanization efforts could be directed. >> Read more

“The Role of Libraries in Supporting Agricultural Policy Research in Nigeria”

Evidence-based policymaking relies on findings from research and analysis. The availability of information and data is the foundation for sound policy advice, but developing countries lack access to the timely knowledge and data fundamental for drawing reliable conclusions from research. Without a strong information management system, policy arguments are less likely to be effective. Therefore, >> Read more

“Decentralization and public service delivery in Nigeria”

Nigeria’s efforts to decentralize its government system are aimed at improving service delivery. However, access to important social and economic services remains limited, especially for rural populations. The deficiencies in service delivery have been exacerbated by a strong urban bias in development policies and growing fiscal imbalances among the three tiers of government: national, state, >> Read more