Nigeria

HarvestPlus improves nutrition and public health in Nigeria by promoting cassava that provides more vitamin A in the diet. We work with almost 40 partners drawn from government, business, and civil society.

HarvestPlus supports the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) to breed, test, and release vitamin A cassava developed through our partnership with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Cassava is one of the most widely consumed food staples in Nigeria. 

We work with public and private sector partners to multiply vitamin A cassava stems and distribute to farmers. Our network of extension agents and rural facilitators receive training in best agronomic practices, which they pass along to farmers at the household level.

Creative public awareness campaigns leverage the power of mass media, including of Nollywood, in educating Nigerians on micronutrient deficiencies and the benefits of vitamin A cassava.

We are also creating and strengthening demand by supporting commercial processing of vitamin A cassava into popularly consumed products such as gari and fufu that are marketed nationwide. Innovative strategies to promote adoption and consumption include model one-stop shops where consumers can buy vitamin A cassava stems, tubers, and ready-to-eat products such as pies, cakes, and fufu.

Our advocacy seeks to strengthen national ownership of biofortification through effective integration into national nutrition and agricultural policies.

“Biofortification must be rigorously supported within the broader context of promoting a diversified and healthy food base for improved nutrition.”
~ Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank and Former Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development

Country Contacts

Paul Ilona, HarvestPlus Country Manager-Nigeria,

c/o IITA Idi-Ose, PMB 5320, Ibadan,

Phone: +234 8034035281 x2591

Email: p.ilona@cgiar.org

Partners

CGIAR: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) • International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) • Local: Agricultural Development Programmes (ADP) • Akwa Ibom State Agricultural Development Programme (AKADEP) • Akwa Ibom State University • Benue State Agricultural Development Programme (BNARDA) • Cassava Growers Association of Nigeria • Commission (JDPC) - Ilorin • Damisa Gurus • Development Dynamics • Dominican Centre for Training and Development • ENVOY Agricultural Services • Federal College of Agriculture – Akure • Federal Ministries of: Agriculture, Education, and Health • Forward Africa • Human Empowerment and Development Project (HEMADEP) • Imo State Agricultural Development Programme (IMOADP) • Institute of Agricultural Research & Training (IAR&T) • Justice Development and Peace • Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) • Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) - Ibadan • Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) – Oyo • Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) – Uyo • National Orientation Agency • National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) • National Television Authority (NTA) • Niji Farms Ltd. • Nollywood – Smile Africa Network • Obafemi Awolowo University • Oyo State Agricultural Development Programme (OYSADEP) • Radio Nigeria • Redeem Aids Programme Action Committee (RAPAC) • Senator Adeyemo Women Empowerment Cooperative (SAWEC) • University of Uyo • Women in Agriculture • Other: Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) • Delhi School of Economics • Greenwich University • SEED Solutions, SEED Infotech Ltd.

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