NILDS –Promoting Institutional Synergy for Agriculture Sector Development

  • Tuesday April 24, 2018 14:05 PM
  • NILS Press Corps
Advocacy for a legislation that would stimulate greater government support for youth and women employment in Agriculture and agro-processing (value-chain) is gaining momentum as the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS collaborate with the Partnership for African Social & Governance Research, PASGR.

This is coming against the backdrop of the fact that Nigeria is yet to maximize the immense potentials in the agricultural sector.
At a breakfast and lunch meetings, scheduled for 25th and 26th of April, 2018, Nigeria’s Federal Legislators and members of the Federal Executive will engage, respectively with other policy actors and deliberate on the findings of various studies, especially, the budget analysis with a view to enable key policy actors in the sector to understand the linkage between agriculture budget allocation and employment creation for the youth and women.

This meeting is predicated on the fact that Agriculture has become a major employer of labour in Nigeria, engaging not less than 50% of the work force and contributing more than 205 to the GDP, yet less than 40% of the country’s 84 million hectares of arable land is cultivated and about 19.3 million of the youth population (31.2%) have remained unemployed or underemployed.

The meetings are to provide a platforms for members of both the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Agriculture, Finance, Budget and National Planning, Employment and Labour, Youth and Women Affairs, as well as policy actors in the executive arm, to engage with researchers on the consequences of the agriculture budget on wage employment, with a view to fast-track legislative actions in the National Assembly.

A considerable number of participants, consisting of state actors and non-state actors in the agricultural sector are expected at these meetings, where a documentary spotlight on Employment Creation in Agriculture and Agro -Processing in the Context of Inclusive Growth in Nigeria, will be premiered.
PASGR is a pan-African, non-profit knowledge organization that pulls together, researchers and policy actors under one platform to ensure that research outputs feed into legislation and administrative action for good governance, inclusive and sustainable development.