Celebrating International Women’s Day: The Case for Women Empowerment in the Nigerian Agricultural Sector

Contributed by Margaret Adesugba, Senior Research Assistant, IFPRI “When women are empowered and can claim their rights and access to land, leadership, opportunities and choices, economies grow, food security is enhanced and prospects are improved for current and future generations" - Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile and former Executive Director of the UN Entity for >> 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

“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