GISAIA Nigeria Launch: One Small Step for the Project, One Leap Forward for Evidence-Based Research

On Monday, 17 July, 2013, Michican State University (MSU), International Food policy Research Insitute (IFPRI), University of Ibadan, and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a launch of the project, - “Guiding investments in sustainable intensification in Africa (GISAIA)." During the one-day event participants learned more about MSU's role in international agricultural research, an >> 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

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

Agricultural News Digest

FEC Approves e-distribution of Fertilisers The federal government has approved a technology-enabled platform ‘Growth Enhancement Support System’ for the distribution of fertilisers and seeds to farmers in the country. The approval was given on last Wednesday during the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting which was chaired by Vice President Namadi Sambo in the absence of >> Read more

“Assessment of the 2009 Fertilizer Voucher Program in Kano and Taraba, Nigeria”

Despite many efforts to ease Nigerian farmers’ access to quality and affordable fertilizer, it remains a key challenge for Nigerian agricultural policymakers. As a result, the Nigerian government is experimenting with implementing a fertilizer voucher scheme, which is intended to improve on the current fertilizer distribution system. This brief analyzes the application of input vouchers >> Read more

“A Review of Fertilizer Policy Issues in Nigeria”

Low fertilizer use is one of the many reasons for low agricultural productivity in Nigeria. Fertilizer use estimated at 13 kg/ha in 2009 by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), is far lower than the 200 kg/ha recommended by the FAO as well as the 104 kg/ha in South Asia and 142 >> Read more

“A Review of Fertilizer Policy Issues in Nigeria”

Low fertilizer use is professed to be among the many reasons for low agricultural productivity in Nigeria. Fertilizer application estimated at 13 kg/ha in 2009 by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, is far lower than the 200 kg/ha recommended by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This report reviews the >> Read more

5th National Conference on Organic Agriculture

The Organic Agriculture Project in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria (OAPTIN) in collaboration with the Federal University of Technology, Owerri is organizing a national conference on organic fertilizer.  The conference will focus on organic agriculture for health, wealth and environmental conservation. For information on submission of abstract, please e-mailed Prof. M. C. Ofoh (mcofoh@yahoo.com) or call >> Read more