IFPRI and the NSSP Office Contribute to the National Workshop for the Reform of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN)

As Nigeria works towards reforming its agricultural research system, more effective collaboration between its national research institutions and international research centres such as the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is an important ingredient to strengthening further the system. This was the key message delivered by Dr George Mavrotas, Senior Research Fellow and Head of >> Read more

New Publication in the NSSP Working Paper Series: “Commercial Banks’ Response to Government’s Financial Stimulus for Improved Agricultural Financing in Nigeria”

The Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) is pleased to announce the publication of the paper entitled “Commercial Banks’ Response to Government’s Financial Stimulus for Improved Agricultural Financing in Nigeria” by Prof. Aderibigbe S. Olomola and Maryam Yaro in the NSSP Working Paper Series (Working Paper No. 28). Abstract: This study Examines the implementation of recent agricultural >> Read more

New Publication in the NSSP Working Paper Series: “Understanding the Framework for Intergovernmental Interactions in the Implementation of Nigeria’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda”

The Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) is pleased to announce the publication of the paper entitled "Understanding the Framework for Intergovernmental Interactions in the Implementation of Nigeria’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda" by Prof. Aderibigbe S. Olomola in the NSSP Working Paper Series (Working Paper No. 27). Abstract: This study focuses on intergovernmental interactions in Nigeria’s Agricultural >> Read more

Policy options for accelerated growth and competitiveness of the domestic rice economy in Nigeria

The Nigerian government has embarked on an ambitious plan to make the country self-sufficient in rice production by 2015 under its current Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA). The plan is in response to the perceived threat to the Nigerian economy of larger volumes of milled rice imports into Nigeria, with an import bill currently exceeding US$2 billion. >> Read more

Assessing the potential and policy alternatives for achieving rice competitiveness and growth in Nigeria

The principal objective of this paper is to review and assess the policy implications and potential for Nigeria to transform its domestic rice sector and become more competitive with imports in order to ultimately displace them over time. Since 2011, the Nigerian government embarked on an ambitious plan to make the country self-sufficient in rice >> Read more

Upcoming Research Seminar on Rice Milling – October 24th in Abuja

Please join us on October 24th in Abuja for a seminar by  IFPRI Research Fellow, Dr. Michael Johnson. In the seminar, titled "Analysis of the policy options for expanding output and improving performance of the rice milling sector in Nigeria," Dr. Johnson will present his current research on rice mills in Nigeria, focusing on Nigeria's domestic potential to compete with imports >> Read more

Upcoming Research Seminar on Agro-dealer Financing – October 31st at IITA in Ibadan

Missed our last presentation on agro-dealer financing? Live in Ibadan? If either of these scenarios apply, join us on October 31st as the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture hosts IFPRI Senior Economist/Consultant Dr. Aderibigbe Olomola for a seminar. In the seminar, titled "Issues Influencing Agro-dealers' Participation in the Loan Market in Nigeria," Dr. Olomola will >> Read more

Agricultural mechanization patterns in Nigeria: Insights from farm household typology and agricultural household model simulation

Anecdotal evidence indicates labor costs for farming in Nigeria are rising while levels of mechanization remain low. Information is scarce regarding the types of farm households that use mechanization in Nigeria and the potential demand for mechanization services among farmers. We apply cluster analysis to data from the Living Standards Measurement Study—Integrated Surveys on Agriculture >> Read more

AgPER Nigeria Validation Workshop this Thursday, September 26th in Akure

IFPRI Researcher Dr. Tewodaj Mogues and Senior Economist/Consultant Dr. Aderibigbe Olomola have been working with the World Bank on an Agriculture Public Expenditure Review (AgPER) at the state level in Cross River, Niger and Ondo States. The World Bank is working on a similar review at the national level. The purpose of the review is >> Read more

Upcoming Research Seminar on Rice Seed Policy – Tuesday, August 24th in Abuja

Please join us for a research seminar presented by IFPRI Research Fellow, Dr. Hiroyuki Takeshima, titled "Ex-ante Assessment of Rice Seed Policies: Implications from a Farm Household Model Simulation." In this seminar, Dr. Takeshima will draw upon other countries' experiences with developing rice varieties, with a focus on the implications for Nigeria. In addition, he will present >> Read more

Structural Change in the Economy of Nigeria

We document that structural change accounts for approximately one-fifth of the total change in labor productivity in Nigeria between 1996 and 2009. Labor moved out of the agricultural and wholesale and retail trade sectors into manufacturing, transportation and communications, business services, and general services.

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

Upcoming Research Seminar on Agro-Dealer Financing – Thursday, August 22nd in Abuja

Please join us for a research seminar presented by IFPRI Senior Economist/Consultant, Dr. Aderibigbe Olomola, titled "Business Operations of Agro-Dealers and their Participation in the Loan Market in Nigeria." The seminar will cover the challenges and opportunities for agro-dealership financing and proffer policy measures to improve the situation in Nigeria. For the full abstract and bio, >> Read more

IFPRI Nigeria Teams Up With NAERLS and IAR to Present Seminar on Extension Reform

Want to learn more about extension reform? Fancy taking a trip to Zaria? Join us next Tuesday as IFPRI Nigeria, the National Agricultural Extension Research & Liaison Services (NAERLS) and the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) collaborate to bring you a seminar titled, "Evaluating Extension Reforms – Implications for Nigeria." Joining us from Washington, DC to present >> Read more

Upcoming Research Seminar – A Research Roundup – Wednesday, July 17th in Abuja

We are pleased to announce that three of our research staff are presenting new research at conferences in Africa this month. What better way to help them prepare than to offer them your feedback! Please join us to for a roundup of their presentations, moderated by Dr. Gyimah-Brempong, IFPRI NSSP Program Leader. During the seminar you will have a chance >> Read more

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

Upcoming Research Seminar on Land Policy – Monday, June 24th in Abuja

IFPRI Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Dr. Hosaena Ghebru Hagos, will present his working paper; titled "Gender-Differentiated Demand for Certificates of Occupancy (CO) in Rural and Urban Areas of Nigeria: The case of Kano and Ondo states."   Please join us to learn more about IFPRI's current research on land policy and gender in Nigeria. For the >> Read more

Upcoming Preliminary Research Seminar on Ag Mechanization – Tuesday, May 14th in Abuja

                                                  Source: Theodora Adene Please join us for a preliminary research seminar (brownbag) presented by IFPRI Research Fellow, Dr. Hiroyuki Takeshima, titled "Nigeria’s Mechanization Gap: The current state of agricultural mechanization in Nigeria," featuring his recent work on the topic. The brownbag will cover regional trends in ag mechanization in Nigeria and lessons learned from Asia and Latin America. For the full abstract, >> Read more

Upcoming Research Seminar – Monday, April 15th at University of Agriculture Makurdi

The Institute of Food Security at the The University of Agriculture Makurdi and the Nigeria Strategy Support Program of the International Food Policy Research Institute to Present a Research Seminar on: The Rice Economy in Nigeria IFPRI Research Fellow, Dr. Michael Johnson, will present his working paper; titled "The Rice Economy in Nigeria." Please join us >> 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