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

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

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

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

Nigeria Agricultural News Digest

The Role of Nigerian Agriculture in West African Food Security

Ensuring food security remains a major challenge confronting West African countries[1]. Though food production has increased in the recent past, the region as a whole is not likely to meet the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the number of malnourished people by 2015. Nigeria is a leading food producer and marketer in the >> Read more

“A Review of Literature on Agricultural Productivity, Social Capital and Food Security in Nigeria”

Despite the rapid pace of urbanization taking place in Nigeria, half of Nigerians (approximately 70 million individuals) still live in rural areas; most of them engaged in smallholder semi-subsistence agriculture. Agriculture remains a crucial sector in the Nigerian economy, being a major source of raw materials, food and foreign exchange; employing over 70 percent of >> Read more

OBJ, W/Bank adopt Delta State for food security scheme

DELTA State is to pilot the Feed Africa Programme (FAP), as former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday, inaugurated a scheme to battle malnutrition and ensure food security in the African continent. Speaking at the formal launch of FAP, in Abeokuta, Obasanjo said Delta State would host the pilot scheme, given the state pedigree in >> 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

“Concept Note Workshop on Social Capital, Agricultural Productivity and Food Security”

In line with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (FMARD’s) vision of ensuring access, availability and affordability of high-quality food to all Nigerians, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is undertaking research on agricultural mechanization in Nigeria under the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative of the United States Agency for International Development >> Read more

“Validation Workshop on Agriculture Development Domains in Nigeria”

In line with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources (FMAWR)’s vision of ensuring access, availability, and affordability of quality foods to all Nigerians and the objectives of the USAID Global Food Security Response Project of doubling agricultural productivity and removing constraints to movement of staple crops in Nigeria and beyond, the International Food >> Read more

The Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition

The Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) invites interested parties to online discussion on "How to Feed the World in 2050?" and other questions related to the future of agriculture. To join the discussion, please register online at http://km.fao.org/fsn/fsn-regform/ or participate by requesting a temporary subscription at fsn-moderator@fao.org. Contributions can be made >> Read more

Special Edition of Environmental Science and Policy

Papers from the Food Security and Environmental Change Conference, Oxford, 2-4 April 2008 were published in a Special Edition of Environmental Science and Policy. (2009, vol. 12[4], p. 373-542).  Selected articles include: Biofuels production in developing countries: assessing tradeoffs in welfare and food security by Mandy Ewing and Siwa Msangi Adaptation to climate change in >> Read more

Relevant Journals on Agriculture and Food Security

Food Security Journal This new journal aims to define the constraints - physical, biological, socio-economic and political – for accessing an appropriate diet and address the means by which these constraints may be overcome.  Contributions to the journal consist of original refereed papers, review articles, case studies, commentaries and letters to the editor. To receive >> Read more

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

In Nigeria, women are often marginalized in their access to economic, political, and social resources compared to men, rendering them relatively poorer than their male counterparts. Important differences also exist between women and men in their contributions to agriculture, and in poverty, nutrition and food security levels. This review aims to provide insights into the >> Read more

“Constraints to Increasing Agricultural Productivity in Nigeria”

Agriculture is the principal source of food and livelihood in Nigeria, and employs nearly three-quarters of the nation’s work force. Over the past two decades, agricultural yields have stayed the same or declined. Although there has been a recent rise in agricultural productivity, it is derived more from expanded planting areas for staple crops than >> Read more