New publication from IFPRI’s Director General’s Office and the NSSP Office

The Director General’s Office and IFPRI’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) are pleased to announce the publication of the IFPRI Discussion Paper No. 01657 on “Integrating Environmental Considerations into the Agricultural Policy Process: Evidence from Nigeria”, co-authored by Suresh Chandra Babu, George Mavrotas and Nilam Prasai.

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.

The Head of IFPRI Abuja Office participates in The Food Systems for Healthier Diets Research Flagship – Nigeria, Stakeholder Planning Meeting, 27-29 March 2017, IITA Headquarters, Ibadan

Dr. George Mavrotas, Head of IFPRI Abuja Office and Leader of IFPRI’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP), was invited to participate in The Food Systems for Healthier Diets Research Flagship (FSHD) – Nigeria Stakeholder Planning Meeting. The workshop was organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) led by IFPRI, >> Read more

IFPRI Discussion Paper No. 01579 on “Youth employment, agricultural transformation, and rural labor dynamics in Nigeria” is now available

Youth employment in developing countries, particularly in connection with agricultural transformation policies in Africa south of the Sahara, has attracted a great deal of attention in recent years. The debate on youth unemployment globally—and specifically in Africa—hinges also on the differential pattern of structural change of economies, which works against the creation of “good” jobs. >> Read more

Op-Ed on the Occasion of World Youth Skills Day 2016

Improving Skills among Youth: A sine qua non Condition for Enhancing Agricultural Diversification, Entrepreneurial and Employment Prospects for Youth in Nigeria  “Skills development reduces poverty and better equips young people to find decent jobs. It trigger a process of empowerment and self-esteem that benefits everyone”. – United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon Contributed by Margaret >> Read more

New Publication: 2016 Global Nutrition Report Now Available

The Nigeria Strategy Support Program is pleased to announce the launch of the 2016 Global Nutrition Report from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) entitled “Global Nutrition Report 2016: From Promise to Impact: Ending Malnutrition by 2030.”

New Publication: Determinants of adoption of improved cassava varieties among farming households in Oyo, Benue, and Akwa Ibom states of Nigeria

The Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) is pleased to announce a new publication from the International Food Policy Research Institute's HarvestPlus program entitled "Determinants of adoption of improved cassava varieties among farming households in Oyo, Benue, and Akwa Ibom states of Nigeria"  by Abdoulaye Tahirou, A.S. Bamire, Adewale Oparinde, and A.A. Akinola as the twentieth publication of the HarvestPlus >> Read more

2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report

IFPRI’s flagship report puts into perspective the major food policy issues, developments, and decisions in 2014 and highlights challenges and opportunities for 2015. Drawing on rigorous research, IFPRI researchers and other distinguished food policy experts consider a wide range of crucial questions: How can middle income countries, which despite becoming more affluent are still home >> Read more

New Publication: Tractor Owner-Operators in Nigeria

Download IFPRI Discussion Paper 1355 Authors Hiroyuki Takeshima Hyacinth Edeh Akeem Lawal Moshud Isiaka The Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) is pleased to announce the publication of Tractor Owner-Operators in Nigeria by Hiroyuki Takeshima, Hyacinth Edeh, Akeem Lawal, and Moshud Isiaka as the 1355th publication in the IFPRI Discussion Paper Series. The IFPRI Discussion Paper >> Read more

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

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

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

Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis: Nigeria

The Nigerian Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA) provides an in-depth assessment of the food security situation within Nigeria. This is very important as it equips policymakers with timely and relevant information that will aid the targeting of interventions. Some of the most pertinent findings of the study are listed below: • Food insecurity >> Read more

Typology of farm households and irrigation systems: Some evidence from Nigeria

Irrigation is considered an important factor for agriculture and food security. Knowledge gaps, however, still exist with regard to how farmers in Africa south of Sahara, including Nigeria, are using irrigation. Given the diverse agroecological and socioeconomic environment in countries like Nigeria, understanding the diverse patterns of irrigation use and their associations with household characteristics >> Read more

Spillover effects of targeted subsidies: An assessment of fertilizer and improved seed use in Nigeria

Though there is increasing evidence of the availability and potential of new agricultural technologies in Africa south of the Sahara, effective demand for them is still low. A recent refocus on increasing farmers’ use of modern technologies such as improved seed and chemical fertilizer has led to a resurgence of input subsidies for these products >> Read more

IFPRI Has Released the 2012 Global Food Policy Report

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2012 Global Food Policy Report. The report, the second in the series, reviews major food policy developments like new sources of agricultural growth, the outcomes of Rio+20 and the progress toward a green economy, the move from attention to action on gender, the prospects for youth employment >> Read more

Did Using Input Vouchers Improve the Distribution of Subsidized Fertilizer in Nigeria? The Case of Kano and Taraba States

Though input vouchers are increasingly being used as a mechanism to target subsidies in developing countries, limited empirical evidence of their performance relative to other distribution mechanisms exist. Consequently this study contributes to this scarce literature by comparing an input voucher program piloted in Nigeria in 2009 to the previous government led distribution mechanism. Input >> Read more

“Onset Risk and Draft Animal Investment in Nigeria”

Onset risk, the uncertainty in the onset of rainy season, is an important element of weather risk for African farmers with little access to formal insurance who engage in traditional rainfed farming. A knowledge gap still exists empirically on how onset risk may affect the investment decisions of these farmers. In particular, farm productivity in >> Read more

“Farmer Groups, Input Access, and Intragroup Dynamics: A case study of targeted subsidies in Nigeria”

Farmer groups are considered potentially effective mechanisms to increase farmer livelihood by reducing information asymmetries and transaction costs. In many countries, farmers are coordinated in groups for participation in poverty reduction programs. This is common practice in many input voucher programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. While the effect of farmer groups on certain outcomes such as >> Read more

“Targeted Subsidies and Private Market Participation: An Assessment of Fertilizer Demand in Nigeria”

Though input vouchers are being publicized as a mechanism to simultaneously target subsidies and develop demand in private markets, limited empirical evidence of their effect on private input demand exists. Few empirical studies, if any, exist on the effect of targeted subsidies on private input demand in Nigeria or West Africa . Consequently this study >> Read more