Constraints to increasing agricultural productivity in Nigeria

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.

Author: 
Phillip, Dayo
Nkonya, Ephraim
Pender, John
Oni, Omobowale Ayoola
Published date: 
2009
Publisher: 
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Series number: 
4
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