A Step Closer to a Reformed Agricultural Research System in Nigeria

Blog contributed by Dr. Suresh Babu, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI For developing countries, agricultural development depends on the total factor productivity of the sector, given the contributions the sector makes to national income. Knowledge and innovation play a key role in increasing the total factor productivity. Public agricultural research systems play a crucial role in >> 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.

Learning to Fly: Experts Share Lessons Learned for Transforming Agriculture in Africa

Cross-posted from the International Food Policy Research Institute. Oct 7, 2013 by Rebecca Sullivan Source: Flickr (IFPRI) Panelists (L-R): Shenggen Fan, Yaya Olaniran, Khalid Bomba, Jonathan Shrier  Africa is confronting a complex development challenge: population pressures are driving land scarcity, resulting in progressively smaller plots of land per farmer. On the land that’s still available, soil is >> Read more

Upcoming Webinar Featuring Dr. Yaya Olaniran, chair of the Committee on World Food Security

Please join us on Thursday, September 26th for a live webinar titled, "Transforming Agriculture in Africa: The Insiders’ Perspective," featuring Nigeria's own Yaya Olaniran.   Speakers:  Khalid Bomba, CEO of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency | Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI | Yaya Olaniran, chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Chair: Rajul >> 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

Cultural Diplomacy & Sustainable Development in Africa

A conference that looks at the impact of the 2008 world financial crisis on sustainable development will take place in Berlin, Germany July 25-28.  The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Africa will focus specifically on the case of Africa. According to the organizers, the conference will “offer perspectives on how cultural diplomacy policies can >> Read more

“Impacts of Community-driven Development Programs on Income and Asset Acquisition in Africa: The Case of Nigeria”

This study evaluates the impacts of a community-driven development (CDD) project on household income and acquisition of productive assets in Nigeria. Using recall data, difference-in-differences, and propensity score matching approaches, the study finds that the project succeeded in targeting the poor and women farmers in its productive asset acquisition component. Participation in the project also >> Read more

IFPRI Researchers publish book on public investments in agriculture in Africa (including chapter on Nigeria)

Tewodaj Mogues and Samuel Benin, Research Fellows at IFPRI, are co-editors of a just-published book that looks at public investments in and for Agriculture in Africa, including a chapter on Nigeria. Whereas there is plenty of work looking at macroeconomic effects of public spending on growth and poverty in Africa as well as studies of >> Read more

W’Bank Boost Africa’s Food Security with $1bn

World Bank’s Vice-President (Africa), Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Monday said the global bank had queued behind Africa’s quest for food security and freedom from hunger, saying: “We now commi $1 billion to African agriculture investment.” Ezekwesili, who disclosed this in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, during the inauguration of Feed Africa Programme, which also coincided with the >> Read more