The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development with support from the USAID Nigeria Agriculture Policy Activity, conducted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Michigan State University (MSU) have adopted the new National Agricultural Policy, National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy (NATIP ) 2022 – 2027.

NATIP is a policy of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with stakeholders in Nigerian agriculture and related services.

The policies are expected to deliver sustainable economic and social change through public and private sector investment in agriculture and rural development, while addressing the needs of women, youth and individuals with special needs through conscious efforts to promote technology and inject innovative techniques into agriculture.

NATIP hopes to build synergies with sub-nationals and with the support of USAID/Nigeria to generate and disseminate suitable technologies and innovations that fit farmers’ needs.

Representatives of IFPRI and other partners in developing the new agricultural policy delivered messages of goodwill and expressed their enthusiasm for the future of the agricultural sector under NATIP. Researchers, policymakers and private sector partners discussed the new policy’s recommendations and key priority areas for transforming Nigeria’s food systems to meet today’s challenges and development goals.

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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Mahmmod Abubakar, said the national agricultural technology and innovation policy will give a boost to the agricultural enterprises aimed at achieving food and nutrition security.

In his words ” the focus of the new National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy 2022-2027 was based on the ten thematic areas of Stakeholders Synergy and Alignment, Knowledge Creation and Transfer, Rapid Mechanization, Information Services, Livestock Development, Crop Value Chain Reinforcement, Fisheries and Aquaculture .”

He added that the policy covers the cross-cutting areas of digital and climate: smart, agricultural promotion, rural infrastructure, export standardization, data and information management, access to high-quality agricultural inputs, and women and youth in agriculture.

Speaking further, the minister revealed that ”the ministry has supported various initiatives for the development of the agricultural sector, and therefore the issue of embracing technology and innovation becomes inevitable for transforming the country’s agricultural system to enable smallholder farmers. propose new technologies and best practices for improved production”.

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He noted that the policy implementation strategy has outlined clear responsibilities and roles between national, state and local government actors with clear indicators and timelines for robust and collective monitoring of progress throughout the program implementation period.

The Minister commended the relevant stakeholders, development partners, non-governmental organisations, civil society, financial institutions and researchers for their contributions to developing a successful framework of NATIP 2022-2027.

dr. Abubakar therefore urged stakeholders to participate in the National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy, 2022 -2027, for smooth implementation to ensure food and nutrition security in the country.

The United State Agency for Development/Mission Director in Nigeria, Anne Patterson, represented by the Deputy Mission Director, Sara Werth, stated in her comments that the organization would continue to provide financial and technical support to accelerate agricultural development in Nigeria.

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