Value Chain Concepts and Application Training at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Faculty and young researchers are trained on the application of value chain concepts and analysis to Nigerian agriculture at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Feb 20–21, 2017

By Saweda Liverpool-Tasie and Thomas Reardon

Zaria_ValueChain_Training_Feb21_2017-LROn February 20–21, 2017 the Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, supported by USAID Nigeria, organized a two-day training on value chain concepts and analysis in Agriculture at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The training brought together over 100 students and young researchers from Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Plateau states. The training focused on the evolution of value chain concepts and current cutting edge approaches to value chain analysis within agriculture. Participants gained insights on how value chains are often closely interlinked, making it necessary to consider how policies related to one crop or value chain (e.g. maize or fertilizer) could indirectly affect another (such as poultry or aquaculture). Following the training delivered by Dr. Tom Reardon and Dr. Saweda Liverpool-Tasie of Michigan State University, about 50 of the participants went to the field. They are now engaged in field work as the policy project tries to understand how maize wholesaling activity has changed over time in Nigeria where maize demand continues to increase for direct and indirect consumption as industries such as poultry and aquaculture expand.

Photo: Value Chain Training at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Feb 20–21, 2017

See the PPT presentations:
Agrifood Value Chains: Concepts, Axes of Transformation, Illustrations
Thomas Reardon, ABU, Zaria, Nigeria. February 20, 2017

Agrifood Value Chains: Research Methods
Thomas Reardon, ABU, Zaria, Nigeria, February 21, 2017

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