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Manual
African Coronavirus stories

Perspectives on COVID-19 Challenges to Livelihoods and Food Systems
The impact of COVID 19 on food security in Africa has been among the most widely discussed subjects since the first cases of COVID-19 in Africa broke in February 2020. Most of the narratives were alarming. The headlines put Africa at the brink of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis caused by...
Benin - Botswana - Cameroon - Ethiopia - Ghana - Kenya - Lesotho - Malawi - Mozambique - Niger - Nigeria - Senegal - South Sudan - Uganda - Zambia - Zimbabwe
2021 - Alliance for Food Sovereignty (AFSA)

Report
Agroecology and Markets – Stories from the field

How wide are the agroecology ripples?
We cannot talk about food sovereignty without mentioning the role of mass markets on which the majority of people depend on their income and food. These markets have demonstrated their relevance during the COVID-19 era by strengthening rural-urban linkages. Mass markets have been the main avenue through which rural people...
Cameroon - Ethiopia - Ghana - Kenya - Lesotho - Mozambique - Nigeria - Senegal - Sudan - Uganda - Zambia
2020 - Alliance for Food Sovereignty (AFSA)

Journal article
Nigeria / COVID-19: A Heavy Blow

More than the COVID-19 pandemic itself, the lockdowns to prevent its spread have harder hit Nigeria’s unorganized small-scale fishers. The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally struck all facets of life in affected countries and the small-scale fisheries (SSF) of Nigeria are no exception. The pandemic has hit the country’s small fishers both...
Nigeria
2020 - The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Journal article
Nigeria / Tenure Rights: Fear of Flight

In Nigeria, waterfront communities, whose livelihoods are predominantly dependent on fishing and related activities, live under constant fear of eviction
Nigeria
2019 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Article
Femmes et réseaux marchands en Afrique de l’Ouest

Le rapport confirme l’effet attracteur du Nigéria porté par sa démographie et son urbanisation croissante. Il propose le développement de politiques publiques innovantes fondées sur le renforcement du capital social féminin et des options politiques pour une meilleure intégration des diverses initiatives entreprises par les États, les organisations internationales et...
Nigeria
2019 - Éditions OCDE

Fact sheet
Country factsheet on small holder family farms: NIGERIA

The Smallholder Dataportrait is a comprehensive, systematic and standardized data set on the profile of smallholder farmers across the world. This Factsheet generates an overview on how small family farmers in Nigeria live their lives by using the Dataportrait, putting an emphasis on the constraints they face, the choices they make....
Nigeria
2018 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Miscellanea
Smallholders data-portrait

The updated dataset on Small Family Farms across the world
The Smallholder Farmers’ Dataportrait of the ESA Small Family Farms Team is a comprehensive, systematic and standardized data set on the profile of smallholder farmers, bringing out the characteristics of family farms across the world. It is designed in such a way that differences between countries and regions can be...
Albania - Bangladesh - Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Cambodia - Ethiopia - Ghana - Guatemala - Indonesia - Kenya - Malawi - Nepal - Nicaragua - Niger - Nigeria - Panama - Tajikistan - Uganda - United Republic of Tanzania - Viet Nam
2018 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Fact sheet
Small Family Farming in Nigeria - a country specific outlook

Nigeria’s small family farmers own only 0.5 hectares of land on average, but have a relatively wide diversification strategy. Apart from managing mixed crop-livestock systems, also fish farming accounts for a major source of income. Moreover, also the cropping system is characterized by diversification of production, mainly relying on five major...
Nigeria
2018 - FAO

Journal article
Gendered aspirations and occupations among rural youth, in agriculture and beyond: A cross-regional perspective

Based on 25 case studies from the global comparative study ‘GENNOVATE: Enabling gender equality in agricultural and environmental innovation’, this paper explores rural young women’s and men’s occupational aspirations and trajectories in India, Mali, Malawi, Morocco, Mexico, Nigeria, and the Philippines. We draw upon qualitative data from 50 sex-segregated focus...
India - Malawi - Mali - Mexico - Morocco - Nigeria - Philippines
2018

Technical paper
Farmers’ crop choice decisions

Trends and Determinants in Nigeria and Uganda
This study investigates the determinants of farmers’ crop choice decisions, crop area diversification, and income diversification in Sub-Saharan Africa using nationally representative panel data for Nigeria and Uganda.
Nigeria - Uganda
2018 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Report
Big roles, little powers

The reality of women in agriculture in ECOWAS region
The agricultural sector is one of the main contributors to economic growth and sustainable development in ECOWAS member countries. Women are driving forces for agricultural development, food security and nutrition in the region. They represent an important percentage of the agricultural labour force. They are the frontline nutrition care givers...
Ghana - Mali - Niger - Nigeria - Togo
2017 - Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Technical paper
Social and economic performance of tilapia farming in Africa

World tilapia aquaculture production grew 12 percent annually, from less than a half million tonnes in the early 1990s to over 5 million tonnes in the mid-2010s. Africa accounted for 20 percent of the growth. Yet most of the contribution came from Egypt, whereas in the mid-2010s countries in sub-Saharan...
Egypt - Ghana - Kenya - Nigeria - Uganda
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Fact sheet
Amélioration de l’emballage alimentaire pour les petites et moyennes entreprises agroalimentaires en Afrique subsaharienne

Cette fiche du Projet Amélioration de l'emballage alimentaire pour les petites et moyennes entreprises agroalimentaires en Afrique Subsaharienne MTF/RAF/299/IMA descriptive présente les réalisations prévues, les objectifs, les partenaires de mise en oeuvre, les résultats et impacts attendus.
Cameroon - Côte d'Ivoire - Ghana - Kenya - Nigeria - United Republic of Tanzania - Zambia
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Book
L'agriculture Ouest-Africaine et le changement climatique

Cet ouvrage qui est le premier d’une trilogie de la série changement climatique en Afrique de l’IFPRI et intitulé L’Agriculture ouest-africaine et le changement climatique: une analyse Exhaustive, examine la façon dont le changement climatique nuira à la sécurité alimentaire dans 11 des pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest, à savoir le...
Benin - Burkina Faso - Côte d'Ivoire - Ghana - Liberia - Niger - Nigeria - Senegal - Sierra Leone - Togo
2017 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Policy brief/paper
Briefing Note on FAO Actions on Fall Armyworm in Africa

Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), FAW, is an insect native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. Its larval stage (photo) feeds on more than 80 plant species, including maize, rice, sorghum, millet, sugarcane, vegetable crops and cotton. FAW can cause significant yield losses if not well managed. It can...
Benin - Burundi - Cabo Verde - Cameroon - Ethiopia - Ghana - Kenya - Niger - Nigeria - Rwanda - Sao Tome and Principe - Togo - Uganda - Zimbabwe
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Working paper
Scrutinizing the status quo

Rural transformation and land tenure security in Nigeria
Despite growing consensus on the socio-economic benefits emanating from enhanced land tenure security, issues related to how best to measure it and what constitute universal indicators of tenure (in)security are poorly understood. As a result, issues of what drives tenure security are poorly understood and inconclusive. This study, thus, examines...
Nigeria
2017 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Technical paper
Five years of the AAF’s technical assistance facility

Enhancing the food security impact of agri-business investments in Africa
To amplify the development impact of the African Agriculture Fund, the International Fund for Agricultural Development actively promoted a Technical Assistance Facility to work alongside its investments. Blending development finance with technical assistance can be a powerful tool to achieve business growth and development outcomes. After five years of implementation,...
Burkina Faso - Cameroon - Ethiopia - Madagascar - Malawi - Nigeria - Sierra Leone - South Africa - Zambia
2017 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Video
Mehaou – A Nigerien Grandmother, Farmer and Leader

This video tells the story of Mehaou, an inspiring Nigerien farmer and grandmother who has overcome many challenges to provide for her family - including rearing, breeding and selling goats. 
Nigeria
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Video
Women in Seafood

The video was shot at Bishop Koji, an island 10 minutes speed boat ride from Central Lagos Nigeria. It highlights the role of women in the seafood industry, their personal sacrifices vis-à-vis economic contributions to livelihoods, the lack of social support and amenities from the Local Government in terms of...
Nigeria
2017 - Women in Seafood

Newsletter
Regional Office for Africa Newsletter for a hunger-free Africa

FAO Regional Office for Africa's Newsletter highlights some relevant news stories, articles, and feature stories across the region, subregions and at countries of Africa. The RAF Newsletter is a good platform resource for knowledge and information sharing. This edition which covers the period of January to June 2017 takes into...
Central African Republic - Eritrea - Ghana - Nigeria - South Sudan
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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