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The Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project Scholars Program

November 5, 2019

The Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy
Project launched its Visiting Scholars’ Program with its first two students being
enrolled at MSU in the Fall of 2016. One of the goals of the program is to
strengthen food policy expertise in Nigeria. This USAID funded visiting scholars’ program
was an initiative that seeks to organize and institute direct training collaborations between researchers
at MSU and IFPRI and Nigerian scholars. Thus these two Nigerian graduate students,
their research advisors in Nigeria and MSU faculty constitute research teams working on various
research topics; more specifically, for these two are climate change impacts on agricultural
resilience and food security in Nigeria and the Nigerian poultry value chain. A third student, Ms. Aisha Ibrahim
joined the program in Spring 2017. Scholars take classes at MSU
in statistics, econometrics, research design and agricultural development while they’re still active members working
with faculty in their research teams. When they return home, they will share their
experiences as well as their newly acquired scientific knowledge and skills, within their
universities, at other Nigerian institutions and at agricultural policy stakeholders’ fora. I think I have lots of stories. I think the stories are going to go on for
days if I have to say them. There was this thing that
the professors they do here. They make you try to figure
it out on your own first. Like think about this for a second. What I’ll come up with before
they tell us what’s going on. I think that’s like a good thing to do instead
of just like giving me what is this Why don’t you let me think about it for a minute or two. When I was doing the research, I had so many
resources at my disposal so it really really helped with my analysis and everything. Having to work with people that are so good
in their fields really motivated me. This experience has made me better, a better student. My research its about the difference in crop
yield between male and female farmers in Nigeria. I wanted to see all these variables affect
the overall crop yields of farmers in Nigeria. And also if these said variables, these climate
variables contribute to this difference in yield between male and female farmers. It really showed that there’s a disparity
between the yields of the male and female farmers. The male farmers are well off compared to
the female farmers. And also these climate variables, they contribute
to the yields, the difference in yields between male and female farmers but indirectly. And the results clearly showed that the male
farmers are well off compared to the female farmers but with the male farmers, they have the sole right and sole
decision making power on their plot.

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