Constraints to increasing agricultural productivity in Nigeria

Dayo Phillip, Ephraim Nkonya, John L. Pender, Omobowale Ayoola Oni
nssp brief

Agriculture is the principal source of food and livelihood in Nigeria, and employs nearly three-quarters of the nation's work force. Over the past two decades, agricultural yields have stayed the same or declined. Although there has been a recent rise in agricultural productivity, it is derived more from expanded planting areas for staple crops than from yield increases. Increasing and sustaining agricultural productivity should be a critical component of programs that seek to reduce poverty and attain food security in Nigeria. This brief presents sector-wide and commodity-specific constraints to increasing agricultural productivity in Nigeria.--Authors' Abstract