For many years, agricultural growth and poverty has been challenges in Nigeria. As a result, the Government of Nigeria has been working on policy and investment strategies to enhance agricultural growth while simultaneously making it sustainable and pro-poor, but progress is hindered by incongruous targets, as well as inadequate evidence-based analysis to guide the sequencing and prioritization of activities. In 2010, IFPRI, in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development, initiated the Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) to respond to the research, analysis, and capacity needs of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and other key stakeholders in the Nigerian agricultural research and policy community. Through the NSSP, IFPRI is providing the Government of Nigeria and the private sector technical assistance and evidence-based analysis to enhance the productivity of the agricultural sector, which advances agricultural growth and poverty reduction contributions of such productivity increases.

To learn more about IFPRI’s research in Nigeria and its outcomes, please see the stories below.

Highlights of IFPRI and DFID Partnership

For more than 40 years, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has been providing cutting-edge research and policy options on food and nutrition security to partners in donor and recipient countries around the world.

Promoting Strategic Agricultural Public Spending in Nigeria

In 2015, the World Bank awarded Nigeria a $100 million grant for the implementation of Nigeria’s public expenditure action plan to reform the country’s agricultural sector with assistance from IFPRI's research on the country's public expenditures in agriculture.

Increasing Farmers’ Income in Nigeria (FADAMA)

In 2005, the Nigerian government launched Fadama II, a World Bank-funded project intended to increase the income of farmers, fishers, and other poor people in the low-lying floodplains—known as Fadama in the Hausa language—where poverty is concentrated.

Improving Agricultural Data and Policy Analysis in Nigeria

MOTIVATION Agriculture is the single largest contributor to the well being of the rural poor in Nigeria, sustaining approximately 86 percent of rural households in the country. Improved agricultural development and growth can provide a pathway out of poverty. In an effort to assist Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture to meet CAADP goals and commitments, >> Read more