See the June 2020 edition of our public policy brief

The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the urgency for the Nigerian government to look into policies to boost domestic food production and improve supply chains, in order to avoid a food security crisis. In the short term, the government will have to "do whatever it takes" to encourage farmers to continue to produce and keep supply chains open. Policy recommendations to achieve this include the need to: prioritise improvements in agricultural value chains, establish production and social safety net policies, and  build food reserves and stock-piles at the national and state levels. In the medium term, the government needs to implement policies aimed at improving the country's self-sufficiency in food production by making it less reliant on imported items. Specific policy options can take the following forms:  increased investment in special food processing zones (SFPZs), improve agriculture value chains to boost local production and the need to implement agricultural trade policy reforms.  click here to download

 

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