Partnering for Nigeria’s agriculture

Source: IFPRI

On Friday April 13 the Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources of Nigeria, Dr. Akin Adesina, together with his team of directors from the Ministry, visited IFPRI to discuss initiatives underway to further transform agriculture in Nigeria and unlock its potential to reduce hunger and poverty.

Dr. Adesina brought to his new position as Minister long standing international experience with the CGIAR, the Rockefeller Foundation and AGRA. I was impressed by his vision as well as by the swift actions he has taken after only being in office for 6 months. These actions have included reforming fertilizer markets, boosting seed production and distribution, establishing new food processing zones and creating innovative public-private partnerships to finance food value chains. I am very proud that IFPRI was able to provide both technical and research support to these initiatives.

We at IFPRI have an active program in the country notably through the Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) and the Rural Economy Knowledge Support System (REKSS) initiatives. We look forward to continuing to support agriculture and food policy in Nigeria, by partnering with the Ministry of Agriculture as well as other ministries to provide research and strategic support to help develop Nigeria’s capacities for policy analysis and set up a monitoring and evaluation system to track progress in the agricultural sector.