The activities of the Agricultural Policy Support Facility (APSF) have generated research-based evidence for a more inclusive design and implementation of pro-poor, gender-sensitive, and environmentally sustainable agricultural and rural development policies and strategies.
To disseminate the results and share knowledge and experience gained through APSF, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources (FMAWR) with financial support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) organized a one-day national stakeholder forum which was held at the Shehu Musa Yar Adua Conference Centre in Abuja, Nigeria on February 11, 2010. The objectives of the forum were to:
- present results from APSF research and their implication for agriculture policymaking in Nigeria;
- share experiences on using policy research results, increasing capacity, and strengthening communication linkages; and
- discuss the practical application of APSF knowledge.
The forum attracted high-level policymakers, including the Permanent Secretary of the FMAWR, a Representative of the National Planning Commission, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources and the Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources. There were also participants from the various departments of FMAWR, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS, and others, as well as representatives of farmer organizations; development partners, academia, and the private sector.
This report provides a summary of the presentations delivered, testimonies shared, comments made, the main conclusions of the small group discussions, and recommendations and suggestions for moving forward.