National Extension Policy and State Level Implementation: The Case of Niger State in Nigeria

IFPRI Discussion Paper 1942

34 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2020

See all articles by Suresh Chandra Babu

Suresh Chandra Babu

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Adebayo Ogunniyi

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Bedru Balana

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Kwaw Andam

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Date Written: June 26, 2020

Abstract

The aim of Nigeria’s extension reform and transformation agenda through its new national extension policy (NEP) is to put in place a legislated, pluralistic, farmer-responsive, and market-oriented extension system. The reformed extension system aims at an assured and regular source of funding and a well-trained and motivated staff, effectively catering for a variety of actors along targeted value chains. It also aims at effective integration of the complex innovation processes in the agricultural and food system transformation in Nigeria. Implementation of the NEP at the state level remains a major challenge. This paper documents issues, challenges, constraints, and potential solutions and opportunities in implementing NEP at the state level using Niger State as a case study. We use a qualitative method in the context of inclusive consultative process with a focus on the multi-stakeholder participatory model. We found that strengthening actors’ capacities for innovation by considering the complexity of agricultural innovation system is very critical to effective and successful implementation of national agricultural policies in Niger State. We confirm from our study that “networking, partnership facilitation, and collaboration” functions are crucial cross-cutting measures across the agricultural innovation system for operative and systematic implementation of the NEP in Niger State. Based on our findings in Niger State, even if we make effort to draw generic lessons for Nigeria, the case studies show that understanding the dynamics of efficiently and productively implementing the National Extension Policy remain case-specific, and no ‘silver bullet’ can be provided to support agricultural innovation system due to the complex federal governance system in Nigeria. Therefore, a state-level or case-specific is highly recommended for operational implementation process in Nigeria.

Keywords: NIGERIA, WEST AFRICA, AFRICA SOUTH OF SAHARA, AFRICA, agricultural extension, extension policies, multi-stakeholder processes, decentralization, implementation, models, National Extension Policy (NEP), Kaleidoscope model, multi-stakeholders consultation, qualitative approach

Suggested Citation

Babu, Suresh Chandra and Ogunniyi, Adebayo and Balana, Bedru and Andam, Kwaw, National Extension Policy and State Level Implementation: The Case of Niger State in Nigeria (June 26, 2020). IFPRI Discussion Paper 1942, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3640694

Suresh Chandra Babu (Contact Author)

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St., NW
Communications Division
Washington, DC 20006
United States

Adebayo Ogunniyi

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Bedru Balana

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Kwaw Andam

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

2033 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
48
Abstract Views
372
PlumX Metrics