Reports on the content of workshops organized by the NSSP.

“Developing Effective Strategies: A Review of Past and Present Government Agricultural Interventions”

After a brief tour of the Mazubi Farms, the retreat began with a welcome by Ms. Valerie Rhoe, Program Coordinator, IFPRI. The welcome address highlighted the importance of updating the FMAWR agriculture strategy based on evidence. Dr. Shashi Kolavalli, former Interim Program Leader, IFPRI, provided the on the status of the agriculture strategy update as >> Read more

“National Stakeholders Forum: Research Results for Evidence-Based Agricultural Policies and Strategies in Nigeria”

The activities of the Agricultural Policy Support Facility (APSF) have generated research-based evidence for a more inclusive design and implementation of pro-poor, gender-sensitive, and environmentally sustainable agricultural and rural development policies and strategies. To disseminate the results and share knowledge and experience gained through APSF, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in collaboration with >> Read more

“Strengthening Macroeconomic Policy Modeling and Analysis in Nigeria”

The Computable General equilibrium (CGE) model has been successfully used to inform macro and micro policymaking in many developed countries. In developing countries like Nigeria, their influence on policy is limited - in spite of their proven usefulness - due to the low number of people who understand them and/or use them appropriately. Therefore, this >> Read more

“Understanding Policy Processes in Nigeria with Net-Map: The Case of the National Fertilizer Policy”

Like many other developing countries, Nigeria faces serious poverty challenges and it is estimated that two-thirds of Nigerians now live below the poverty line of US$1 per day, most of them in rural areas. Recognizing this challenge, the Federal Government of Nigeria has identified investments in agriculture and rural development as a major priority. In >> Read more

“Launch of a Nigerian Agricultural Policy Researchers Network”

One of the key activities of the Agricultural Policy Support Facility (APSF) is to improve communication linkages and consultations between policymakers, policy analysts, and policy beneficiaries on agricultural and rural development policy issues. In the light of this, the APSF in October 2008 began to identify those who could contribute to evidence-based agricultural and rural >> Read more

“Strengthening Capacity for Accessing and Disseminating Information for Policy Research”

In spite of its oil wealth, poverty plagues Nigeria. The Federal Government of Nigeria has recognized that improved agricultural performance is critical to poverty reduction, since the majority of the nation’s poor depend on agriculture for their livelihood. With this renewed focus on agriculture, the sector’s growth rate has improved 6 to 7 percent annually >> Read more

“Poverty and Nutrition Policy Analysis: Using SPSS for Survey Data Analysis”

Poverty and malnutrition in Nigeria are widespread and severe, and therefore continue to be at the center stage of the development discourse. Sixty-four percent of all rural Nigerians have a consumption level below the basic-needs poverty line, while 43 percent of rural children under five years of age are stunted in their growth. Thus, many >> Read more

“Developing Evidence for Agricultural and Rural Development Policies and Strategies In Nigeria”

Bridging the research and policy divide remains a top priority on the Nigerian federal government’s agenda. This renewed commitment paved the way for the Agricultural Support Facility Project (APSF), which seeks to, among other things, create an environment and produce evidence on specific policy issues facing the Nigerian agricultural sector that allows for a more >> Read more

“Enhancing Commodity Value Chains in Nigeria”

Nigerian administrations have long focused on strengthening the links along the chain from fork to farm in several commodities of key importance to Nigerian smallholders. The presidential initiatives on some commodities are cases in point. However, imperfections along the chain continue to widen the disparity between farm gate and retail prices, leaving poor farmers with >> Read more

“Sustaining Capacity for Supplying Evidence for Agricultural & Rural Development Policies”

The Federal Government of Nigeria has demonstrated a strong commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the NEEDS Targets.  Recognizing the importance of agriculture, as well as the challenges faced by the sector, in providing evidence for policymaking, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources (FMAWR) established the Agricultural Policy Support Facility >> Read more

“Capacity for Designing and Implementing Agricultural and Rural Development Policies and Strategies”

The Agricultural Policy Support Facility (APSF) is an initiative to strengthen evidence-based policymaking in Nigeria in the areas of rural and agricultural development. Facilitated by the Nigeria Strategy Support Program of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources and funded by the Canadian International >> Read more

“Implementing the Agricultural Policy Support Facility (APSF)”

The Agricultural Policy Support Facility (APSF) is an initiative to strengthen pro-poor, gender-sensitive, and environmentally sustainable evidence-based policymaking in Nigeria in the areas of rural and agricultural development. The program is facilitated by the Nigeria Strategy Support Program of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water >> Read more