DG’s Corner: IFPRI-Nigeria partnership for transformation

Rapid urbanization is dramatically changing demographics throughout the world, and especially in Nigeria. New research shows urbanization has been underestimated in Nigeria so far—already in 2010, 46 percent of the Nigerian population lived in urban areas, up from 31 percent found in previous assessments. While Nigeria has made impressive gains made in the service industry, >> Read more

Recap of IFPRI-NSSP 2012 Research Conference

NSSP RESEARCH CONFERENCE: Informing Nigeria's Agricultural Transformation Agenda with Policy Analysis and Research Evidence Held November 13-14, 2012 NSSP's 2012 conference highlighted the results of the program's research over the two years which have passed since its National Stakeholders Forum in 2010. The conference was intended to bring together policymakers, researchers, development partners, and other >> Read more

Agricultural News Digest

World Bank Pledges N135bn to Boost Agriculture in Nigeria Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, disclosed on Thursday April 18, 2012 that the World Bank had made commitment to support the nation’s agricultural sector with N135 billion in order to boost the economy. Dr. Adesina attributed the development to the outcome of the just concluded Agribusiness >> 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

Boosting Agric Sector Research through Improved Financing—–CGIAR to Implement AfDB Project

Financing Nigeria and other African countries’ agriculture remains a challenge for international organisations, governments, the private sector, and other development partners. Recent evidence suggests that less than 1 percent of available domestic private sector financing typically goes into agriculture, in spite of the widely acknowledged fact that agriculture employs at least 70 percent of Africa’s >> Read more

“Market and climatic risks and farmers’ investment in productive assets under the Second Fadama Development Project in Nigeria”

The majority of African farmers lack the means to mitigate the impact of risks such as those associated with rainfall and commodity prices. Because most farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa are risk-averse, they may be willing to invest in productive assets that can mitigate the impacts of such risks if their capital constraints are relaxed through >> Read more

“Agricultural growth and investment options for poverty reduction in Nigeria”

This study uses an economy-wide, dynamic computable general equilibrium (DCGE) model to analyze the ability of growth in various agricultural subsectors to accelerate overall economic growth and reduce poverty in Nigeria over the next years (2009-17). In addition, econometric methods are used to assess growth requirements in agricultural public spending and the relationship between public >> Read more

“Gender Dimensions of Agriculture, Poverty, Nutrition and Food Security in Nigeria”

Gender analysis focuses on the different roles and responsibilities of women and men and how these affect society, culture, the economy and politics. For example, important differences exist between women and men in their quality of life; in the amount, kind and recognition of work they do; in health and literacy levels; and in their >> 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

“Nigeria Agriculture Public Expenditure Review”

Most of Nigeria’s poor reside in rural areas and gain their livelihood from agricultural work. If the government’s poverty reduction goals are to be achieved, Nigeria will need an adequate level of strategically targeted investments in agriculture to upgrade rural infrastructure, boost productivity, and increase competitiveness. Before effective investment programs can be designed and implemented, >> Read more