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 IFPRI and USAID partnership: Reducing poverty and hunger through food policy research

For four decades, the longstanding collaboration between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has been crucial to helping developing countries attain agriculture-led economic growth. The innovative programs and strong evidence base produced through this partnership have contributed to transforming policies and investments for improved food >> Read more

Nigeria Strategy Support Program

In  2007, USAID and IFPRI established the Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) in partnership with the Federal  Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to help forge and implement the country’s rural development strategies. In 2013, an extensive analysis of the rice import tariff in Nigeria by NSSP, Policy Options  for Accelerated Growth and Competitiveness of the Domestic Rice Economy in Nigeria, found that higher >> Read more

IFPRI & DFID: 30 years of Making a Difference

IFPRI’s work in providing cutting-edge research on food and nutrition security has long depended on strategic partnerships with donors, universities, research organizations, and others around the world. One of the Institute’s key collaborators is the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), which has served as a strategic and collaborative donor and partner to IFPRI for more than 30 years.

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.