Head of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Nigeria office, Dr. George Mavrotas, said this in Abuja during a chat with journalists.
Mavrotas, who is also the Chief of the Project, the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, said that the fund had been released since 2016 and would cover various agricultural and food security programmes in Nigeria for the next five years.
He further said that the initiative was the product of the Michigan State University (MSU), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and Nigeria Strategy Support Programme (NSSP) sponsored by United States Agency For International Development (USAID)-Nigeria.
According to him the project would have three components that would enhance Nigeria’s policy capacity, fill the knowledge gaps in the policy process and improve policy dialogue process to achieve its objectives.
The Chief of the Project added that the project was taking a productive approach to enhance skills, training and institutional capacities in meeting the policy analysis demand by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), IFPRI and MSU.
He also noted the move had become crucial because of the remarkable progress in the Nigeria’s agricultural sector and for the improved capacity to make and implement policy.