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

“An Assessment of Fertilizer Quality Regulation in Nigeria”

Despite a multifaceted fertilizer quality regulatory process with numerous and diverse participants, fertilizer quality remains a challenge in Nigeria. Fake, adulterated, and misbranded fertilizers, as well as underweight fertilizer bags are prevalent in the Nigerian market (FGN 2006). Not only have fertilizer quality issues been identified as a major constraint to fertilizer use in Nigeria, >> Read more

Constraints and Knowledge Gaps for Different Irrigation Systems in Nigeria

Irrigation systems in Nigeria take various forms and most are privately managed by individual farmers. This diversity reflects the farmers’ needs to minimize setup costs and maximize the returns from these systems. Thus, in order to design appropriate policies to support irrigation expansion in Nigeria, it is critical to understand how choices are made in >> Read more

“Perspectives of Selected Stakeholder Groups in Nigeria on the Federal and State Fertilizer Subsidy Programs”

This paper presents the results of interviews with 44 stakeholders in the Nigerian fertilizer sector eliciting their perspective on various aspects of the federal and state government fertilizer subsidy programs. The stakeholders interviewed include persons employed at state-level ministries of agriculture and the agricultural development programs (ADPs), agricultural input dealers, members of small farmers associations, >> Read more

“A 2006 Social Accounting Matrix for Nigeria”

To understand how different sectors in an economy interact with each other, economy-wide analyses, such as the computable general equilibrium (CGE) model, are often required. The database of a CGE model is usually the Social Accounting Matrix (SAM), which is designed to capture the micro and macroeconomic structure of the economy. A SAM provides a >> Read more

“Capacity Strengthening for Agricultural Policy Analysis and Research in Nigeria – A Roadmap Towards a Strategy”

This paper deals with the human resource development and institutional capacity strengthening in Nigeria as they relate to policy analysis and research capacity in addressing the problems of poverty and food security. The findings of the paper show that there exist several human, physical, and institutional capacity gaps for designing and implementing agricultural policies in >> Read more

“Policy Benchmarking and Tracking the Agricultural Policy Environment in Nigeria”

Although the Nigerian economy depends significantly on the oil sector, agriculture remains its mainstay. Agriculture contributed 42 percent of Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2008 (National Bureau of Statistics). Agriculture is the second largest export earner after crude oil and the largest employer of rural labor; thus, the sector ranks as a key contributor >> Read more

“Environmental Considerations in Nigerian Agricultural Policies, Strategies, and Programs”

Agriculture is the major sector upon which the majority of Nigeria’s rural poor depend on for their livelihood. Over 70 percent of the active labor force is employed in agriculture (World Bank 2007). The federal government of Nigeria (FGN) has identified agriculture as the key development priority in its efforts to halve poverty by 2015 >> Read more

“Knowledge Review on Poverty and Rural Development in Nigeria”

This review presented the nature, extent, and determinants of rural poverty and the various policies, projects and programs that have been implemented to reduce poverty in Nigeria from other studies. It was revealed that in spite of the different approaches and attempts to reduce poverty in Nigeria, poverty has risen. While the poverty incidence dropped >> Read more

“Knowledge Management and Development Targets in Nigeria”

This review illustrates that capacity within Nigeria does exist for conducting macroeconomic modelling, but there has been limited modelling of the agriculture sector. Furthermore, existing models have not yet considered issues related to the environment and gender. Therefore, there is a need to develop an appropriate model that addresses these issues with respect to the >> Read more

“Trends and drivers of agricultural productivity in Nigeria”

Agriculture is the economic mainstay of the majority of households in Nigeria (Udoh, 2000) and is a significant sector in Nigeria’s economy (Amaza, 2000). The important benefits of the agricultural sector to Nigeria’s economy include: the provision of food, contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP), provision of employment, provision of raw materials for agro-allied >> Read more