Nigeria Agriculture

Chapter | Agriculture from The Report: Nigeria 2022

In recent years focus has returned to agriculture as an important source of revenue for a diversified Nigerian economy. But despite the sector’s robust performance, the country remains vulnerable to food insecurity and is unable to meet domestic demand. This is explained by low levels of irrigation and an outdated land tenure system which have kept agricultural productivity low and caused post...

With a population of over 200m, Nigeria is a large and diversified economy, despite the government’s reliance on oil and gas revenue. While the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent oil price crash caused a contraction in economic growth in 2020, it also led to rapid digitalisation across commerce, education and communication. This shift is expected to put Nigeria in a favourable position for recovery in the medium term.

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Where do you identify the remaining gaps in Nigeria’s agricultural value chain, and how can domestic players address them?

Agriculture played an important role in driving Nigeria’s economic growth prior to the discovery of crude oil in 1956. Indeed, between 1962 and 1968 the main source of foreign exchange was export crops. In more recent times, focus has returned to the agriculture sector as an important source of revenue as the country seeks to diversify the economy...

The pandemic has shone a light on vulnerabilities in the agriculture sector, and underscored the importance of ensuring food security and strengthening the agricultural chain. Some of the major problems that Nigerian farmers face include limited access to information and the market, insufficient financial support, and logistics and transport issues...

With a population of over 200m, Nigeria is a large and diversified economy, despite the government’s reliance on oil and gas revenue. While the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent oil price crash caused a contraction in economic growth in 2020, it also led to rapid digitalisation across commerce, education and communication. This shift is expected to put Nigeria in a favourable position for recovery in the medium term.

Despite an increase in crop production and international trade following a pandemic-disrupted 2020, global food prices have risen to 10-year highs, increasing pressure on many emerging markets.

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