The European Union (EU) Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development have organized a stakeholders’ workshop to present the report of a value chain analysis on maize in Nigeria, undertaken in the framework of the EU-funded “Value chain analysis for development” (VCA4D) project.
The workshop was held in Kano and Abuja on 12th and 14th July 2022 respectively, following the completion of the study.
“The study was conducted by a team of national and international experts from Agrinatura – the Alliance of European Universities and Research Centres specializing in agricultural research for development. Between January 2020 and October 2021, the EU mandated Agrinatura to undertake a detailed overview of the maize value chain from the economic, social and environmental point of view.
“Nigeria is one of the world’s leading maize producers, especially of non-genetically modified white maize. With a demand on the rise both as food as from the processing industry, the country is nonetheless still exposed to risks of supply shortfall.
The study generated evidence-based knowledge, largely quantitative, to help policy makers underpin and fine-tune policy actions and interventions in the value chain, in order to enhance its sustainable and inclusive development. The VCA4D analysis provides a baseline, useful to appreciate the evolution of the sector over time, also in contexts of investment (like the one promoted by EDFI AgriFi).”
“The two workshops publicized the findings and recommendations of the VCA4D study to promote their use in relevant policy discussions and investment decisions; and contributed to build a platform for continued networking and advocacy on actions to strengthen the maize value chain.
A number of stakeholders, from institutions, farmers’ organizations and the private sector actively participated in the workshops. These workshops, coming immediately after the 8th EU-Nigeria Business Forum, represented an important complementary initiative to reflect on policy and investments implications for the inclusive and sustainable development of the maize value chain.”
The maize value chain plays a vital role in the local cereal market, in terms of food supply for the population, livelihoods for the rural population, food security of the country, and regular source of additional income to subsistence farmers. It is also important as main raw materials for large
numbers of small-scale processors across the country while providing inputs to different other industrial sub sectors such as animal feed production, beverages and confectionary industries.
The are several investments and supporting initiatives to promote the maize value chain in Nigeria.