• Agriculture

    OBG investigates the key pressures and developments affecting local agriculture, particularly where a country is dependent on plantations or forestry to maintain GNP. It also highlights the output trends and technological advances in areas such as irrigation techniques and land reclamation.
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Long a critical sector for the Nigerian economy, agriculture recorded steady growth throughout the country’s recent recession and supported macroeconomic stability against a backdrop of volatility in the global oil market. Although the sector’s workforce, exports and GDP contribution have fallen in recent decades as oil and gas production...

 

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reports that Nigeria is Africa’s leading rice consumer and one of its largest rice producers. It describes rice as an “essential” cash crop for Nigeria, with small-scale farmers accounting for 80% of production but just 20% of consumption. Shifting consumption trends have seen domestic rice demand...

 

Against a backdrop of increasingly severe and financially straining climate events and natural disasters, technology is poised to play an important role in maintaining and improving global agricultural output. The adoption of digital and precision farming practices has been shown to improve crop resiliency, and boost productivity and incomes,...

 

What steps can the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) take to increase self-sufficiency in food production?

 

The federal government of Nigeria has prioritised agricultural development under its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, which seeks to create new jobs in labour-intensive sectors including agriculture, boost agriculture’s GDP contribution to more than 8% by 2020, up from current levels of between 3% and 4% annually, and make the country a net...