Announcement: New Publication now Available

  The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and its Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) is pleased to announce the publication of a new Working Paper titled “Assessing the state of the rice milling sector in Nigeria: The role of policy for growth and modernization”. The paper, Number 40 in the NSSP Working Paper series, was co-authored by Michael >> Read more

Announcement: New NSSP Publication Available

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and its Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) is pleased to announce the publication of a new Working Paper titled “Varietal development and the effectiveness of seed sector policies: The case of rice in Nigeria.”

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

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 – 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

“Policy options to strengthen the cassava and rice supply chains”

Nigeria is the world’s largest cassava producer and Africa’s largest rice importer. The government and private sector should figure out ways to enhance cassava’s competitiveness in the international market and improve the efficiency of domestic rice production and processing. A range of policies and initiatives can strengthen cassava and rice supply chains, all the way >> Read more

FG Decries High Importation of Rice

Federal Government on Monday decried the high rate of rice importation in the country. This alarm was raised by the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Adewumi Adeshina, in Abeokuta, ogun State during the Ogun Investor Forum. The Minister noted that Nigeria is the largest importer of rice in the world, spending about N1 billion everyday to >> Read more

Federal Government targets 2.1m metric tons of rice yearly

The Federal Government has unveiled plans to revive the nation’s rice production by producing about 2.1 million metric tons of rice yearly through a $40 million partnership with the Taraba State government and Dominion Farms Limited.   Read more: http://www.thenationonlineng.net/2011/index.php/business/37304-fed-govt-targets-2-1m-metric-tons-of-rice-yearly.html  

“Farmers’ Preferences on Seed Purchase Timing – Rice, Cowpea, and Maize Growers in Nigeria”

The timely availability of seeds at planting time is considered one of the important factors for faster improved seed adoption in Nigeria. There is a lack of empirical information on how much more farmers are willing to pay (WTP) for seeds at planting time compared to a few months before planting time. The information on >> Read more

“Nigerian farmers’ preferences on the timing of the purchase of rice, cowpea, and maize seeds”

Nigerian farmers have been slow in adopting improved seeds due to constraints in both supply and demand. Demand-side constraints pertain to farmers’ characteristics, while supply-side constraints are related to capacity. Farmers’ seed demand is complex, and empirical information on Nigerian farmers’ seed demand is scarce. One of the less-studied issues is farmers’ preference for obtaining >> Read more

“Demand Characteristics for Rice, Cowpea and Maize Seeds in Nigeria – Policy Implications and Knowledge Gaps”

Demand patterns for improved seed vary significantly among individual farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa because of the different capacity of farmers to overcome various constraints. Understanding these differences is crucial for speeding up the adoption by farmers of improved seed varieties. Although researchers have identified certain factors that explain regional demand differences in Sub-Saharan Africa, little >> Read more