Nigeria Visiting Scholars Program

Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project launched its Visiting Scholars Program in 2016, with its first students being enrolled at MSU in the Fall. One of the goals of the program is to strengthen food security policy expertise in Nigeria. This USAID visiting scholars program initiative seeks to organize and institute direct training collaborations between researchers at MSU/IFPRI, and Nigerian scholars. Nigerian graduate students, their research advisors and MSU/IFPRI researchers constitute research teams to work on specific topics. Current topics include climate change impacts and the Nigerian poultry value chain.

VIDEO: The Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project Visiting Scholars Program

Program Highlights

Highlights 10: Sustainable Agricultural Data Collection in Nigeria: What can we learn from the USA?

Highlights 9: Anyone can be a mentor: One experience of a visiting scholar at Michigan State University

Highlights 8: The policy project innovatively engages young minds in any way we can. A first-hand account: “My experience working on the poultry-maize value chain with the MSU team”

Highlights 7: Policy project Christmas vacation – Leading data collection across Ibadan, Nigeria

Highlights 6: The Scholars Program Promotes Working across Generations of Scholars
A Profile of the Visit of the First Project Scholar’s Nigerian Advisor Dr. Adeola Olajide of University of Ibadan, advisor to MSc student Charity Ekerebi, visited Michigan State University under the project scholar program from November 23-December 18, 2016.
Dr. Olajide’s MSU presentation: Climate Change-Food Security-Governance Nexus: What Options for Smallholder Farmers in Nigeria?

Highlights 5: Scholar Engagement Benefits All
The Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project launched its USAID Visiting Scholars Program in 2016, with its first students enrolled at Michigan State University in the fall semester. One of the goals of the program is to strengthen food security policy expertise in Nigeria. The program’s initiative is to organize and institute direct training collaborations between project researchers and Nigerian scholars.

Highlights 4: Innovatively and sustainably building capacity across generations 

Highlights 3: As part of the capacity-building component of the project, Michigan State University Professor Thomas Reardon trained Nigerian scholars on value chain analysis within transforming food systems. Reardon is a professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics and fellow of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA).
Thomas Reardon’s Presentations:
Agrifood Value Chains: Research Methods
Agrifood Value Chains: Concepts, Axes of Transformation, Illustration

Highlights 2: Training One to Train Others: Project Scholar Trains 25 Students and Faculty on Data

On December 17–18, 2016, Wale Ogunleye, the first PhD student scholar to participate in the Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project training program at Michigan State University, facilitated a training seminar for 25 participants. The participants were enlisted as enumerators for data collection on a Poultry Value Chain Study in South West Nigeria.

Highlights 1: Training One to Train Others: The Operational Strategy of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project
Addressing the distance problem: Project innovatively leverages on information and communication technology to strengthen research teams and achieve multiple project goals.