Growth and Transformation of Chicken & Eggs Value Chains in Nigeria
Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, Bolarin Omonona, Awa Sanou, Wale Ogunleye, Samantha Padilla, and Thomas Reardon. 2016. Growth and Transformation of Chicken & Eggs Value Chains in Nigeria. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Paper 22. East Lansing: Michigan State University
Using data from multiple sources we explore the dynamic growth and transformation that is taking place in the Nigerian poultry subsector. We find that increased consumption of poultry products in Nigeria is occurring alongside rapid urbanization and growth in the poultry industry. In just one decade, the volume of feed used in Nigeria skyrocketed from 300 thousand to 1.8 million tons – a 600% climb. Contrary to the idea that Nigeria is inundated with illegal imports of poultry products, we find that domestic production covers about 85% of domestic consumption, and (illegal) imports appear to be only about 15% of consumption. This indicates that efforts towards addressing illegal smuggling of poultry products into Nigeria should be supplemented with at least equal effort to ensuring the sustainable growth of domestic poultry production in the country. In contrast to numerous assertions that poultry production in Nigeria is predominantly in the south, we see that the North has about 60% of the share of small farmers’ chicken holdings versus 40% in the south. We did find, however, that the emerging medium-large scale chicken farms, producing about 10-20% of Nigeria’s chicken and eggs, are in deed mainly in the South. The importance of chicken and egg production by small farmers in the North however calls for at least as much attention to the North as is given to the South in discussions on and programs designed for the subsector.