Niger State Business Environment, Sustainable Development, and the Implications for Agri-Food (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) Value Chain Actors: Stakeholder Perception and Evidence Report

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May 2, 2022 - Author: Hephzibah Obekpa and Oyinkan Tasie

Executive Summary

This report is a product of in-depth consultation during a workshop and focus group discussion from relevant stakeholders, including Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME), Policymakers (Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Commerce, and Ministry of Justice) and different associations from Niger State. The consultation records and analyses perceptions of these key stakeholders of the business environment for MSMEs, and more specifically for Agri-Food enterprises, and the regulatory frameworks specific to Niger state. As a result, many opportunities and challenges in Niger state were highlighted and suggestions proffered to mitigate the challenges and thereby enhance the business environment for MSMEs, and Agri-Food enterprises. Policies and regulatory frameworks that affect MSMEs and Agri-Food enterprises are also discussed.

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