Towards a Resilient and Sustainable Agri-Food System by 2025 in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa

June 1st – 3rd 2022
Asaba, Delta State Nigeria

The 7th APRNet Agricultural Policy Stakeholders’ Forum and 1st Annual International Conference were held at the Hotel Benizia, Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria from Wednesday, 1st to Friday, 3rdJune 2022. The theme of the Forum was: “Towards a Resilient and Sustainable Agri-Food System by 2025 in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa”. The Forum was organized in collaboration with the Job & Wealth Creation Office, Delta State Nigeria, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) under the USAID/Nigeria Feed the Future Agriculture Policy Activity, and PILAF-NIGERIA. A total of 178 participants were in attendance and 51 papers were presented at the parallel sessions on 3rd June 2022.


Arrival of Participants

9:00–9.35 AM

General Welcome…

by MC (Dr. Dan Oyoboh and Dr. Emeka C, Nzeh)

9:36–10.00 AM

Welcome remarks and good will messages from LOC

by Prof. Pius C. Ike,

10.00 AM

Welcome address from the APRNet President

by Dr. Anthony O. Onoja,

10:05 AM

Good will message from IFPRI-Nigeria

by Dr. Kwaw Andam,

10:21 AM

Good will message from USAID-Nigeria

by Country Representative, USAID

10:27 AM

Good will message from Delta State Job and Wealth Creation Bureau

by Professor Eric. C. Eboh

10.33 AM

Good will message from PiLAF -Nigeria

by Professor A. Adekoya

10:38 AM

Goodwill message from Partnership Initiative for the Development of Niger Delta (PIND

by Mr. Tunji Idowu

11:01 AM

Opening Speech by the Hon. Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD)

by Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar

11:05 AM

Tea Break

11:14 AM


08:30 AM

Introduction of Dignitaries

09:01 AM

National Anthem and Pledge/Prayers

09:06 AM

Conflicts, livelihood disruptions and household food security in Nigeria

by Dr. Bedru Balana

09:07 AM

Paper Presentation on the Role of Tertiary Education Institutions on agribusiness Resilience building

by Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Kabiru

09:16 AM

Interactive Session

by Prof. Ibisime Etela

09:31 AM

Break out Sessions

by Dr. G. Asumugha and Dr. A. NwaJesus Onyekuru

10:10 AM

CommuniquéDrafting and Presentation

by Team

04:26 AM

Presentation of the Communiqué to the Audience

by Prof. A. Adekoya (PiLAF)

05:01 AM

Closing Remarks and Vote of Thanks

by Dr. Anthony O. Onoja

05:21 AM

Keynote Paper

by Prof. Eric C. Eboh

11:26 AM

Video documentary

by DSJWCB Media team

11:41 AM

Impacts of the Ukraine and Global Crisis on Food Systems and Poverty in Nigeria

by Dr. Kwaw Andam

11:56 AM

Building Resilience of the Agribusiness Value Chain in Nigeria

by Dr. Saweda Liverpool-Tasie

12:17 PM

Paper Presentation

by Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah

12:31 PM

Panel Reflection

by Team Lead:Prof. Godwin Abu

12:51 PM

Video Session on Agribusiness Models

by Technical and Communication Officer

01:31 PM

Agricultural Policy Direction in Nigeria: Farm Mechanization and Post- Harvest Losses: A New Thinking

by Prof. Emmanuel, I. Ikani,

2.01 PM

Small holder farmers, risks and building of resilience

by Mr. Onah Thomas

02:25 PM

Raising food safety and export potential through field management of Aflatoxin in our crops using Aflasafe Technology

by Dr Abdullahi Ndarubu

03:30 PM

Controlled cultivation of Cannabis for medical and industrial purposes in Nigeria: Perception, Strategy and economic benefits

by Mr. Akinola Samuel Olotu

03:51 PM

Closing Remark /Exhibitions

04:27 PM


Resolution 1

The government through FMARD should empower NCAM and the private sector with needed resources to enable them to generate and assemble a prototype of agricultural machinery for agricultural development.

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Resolution 3

 The Forum is urging the RMRDC to quickly collaborate with other relevant organizations to put in place modalities toward “Controlled Cultivation of Cannabis sativa for the production and utilization of the CBD oil by the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and other industries for the overall economic and industrial growth of the Nigeria and Nigerians.

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Resolution 2

There is an urgent need for the adoption of Climate Smart Agricultural (CSA) practices and capacity building of stakeholders along the agrifood value chain to build resilience and adapt to climate change impacts.

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Resolution 4

APRNet, an all-inclusive agricultural policy network formally linked with FMARD should be carried along to deepen its partnership with FMARD to effectively engage more stakeholders in refining existing agricultural and food system policies in partnership with their partners.

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The 7th agricultural policy stakeholders’ forum and 1st annual International Conference of Agricultural Policy Research Network (APRNet) in collaboration with Job & Wealth Creation Office, Delta State, USAID/Nigeria Feed the Future Nigeria Agriculture Policy Activity and PILAF-Nigeria.



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