An agricultural policy research journal has been launched in Abuja. It was launched by Agricultural Policy Research Network (APRNet), with support from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
The launch of Nigerian Agricultural Policy Research Journal (NAPReJ) coincided with this year’s APRNet National Stakeholder’s Forum with the theme: “Making Agricultural Research Work for End Users.”
The forum brought together members of the agricultural research community.
APRNet President Dr. Anthony Onoja said: “There could be no better time to do this than now when the Federal Government is shifting emphasis to growing an agrarian-led economy to diversify the economy and shift it from heavy dependence on crude oil.”
Onoja also noted that although there were national mechanisms and frameworks for linking agricultural research and various end users, research communication and user uptake of research was short of its potential. He highlighted the need for a reassessment of the current system to “identify missing elements and gap-filling interventions” that would ensure that agricultural research make more impact on decision-making process and enterprises.
This year’s APRNet Forum Chairman, Prof. Yusuf Abubakar, and the Executive Secretary of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), pointed out that in Nigeria, the government and donor partners featured as the most dominant players and end users of agricultural research.