The FAO mission to Nigeria in April 2013 aimed to: provide assistance to the 5 National Working Groups (NWGs) made up of ministerial senior officers and policy analysts working on water and irrigation issues, domestic production of rice, wheat and fish for import substitution, cassava production and processing; revise draft outputs (policy reports and FAO VCA-Tool datasets); monitor work progress and explore different policy options that could be analyzed using the FAO VCA-Tool» and inserted into the final reports in accordance with the main national ongoing agendas: Economic Transformation Agenda and the Agriculture Transformation Agenda.
A field trip was also carried out to Imo/Anambra State with the water and irrigation NWG to assist in collecting the necessary data to complete the dataset.
This mission provided follow up assistance to the first Nigeria workshop November 2012) that addressed the role, functions and limitations of public policies as instruments to enhance development processes in Nigeria, and the identification of selected policy options to assess their likely impacts on food security, sustainable development and inclusive growth. Five development domains were identified : water and irrigation issues, domestic production of rice, wheat and fish for import substitution, cassava production and processing, with a specific focus on suitable small-scale technologies, for domestic and international markets. Selected analytical tools for policy impact analysis, specifically Value Chain Analysis (VCA) and Social Accounting Matrices (SAMs), were also presented to National Working Groups (NWGs) to enable them to carry out Cost-Benefit Analyses (CBA) of policy options.(see EASYPol news 11 Dec 2012)