The Federal Government of Nigeria has recently launched the national economic policy roadmap for the agriculture sector, tagged: “The Green Alternatives: Agriculture Promotion Policy (APP), 2016-2020.” The Agriculture Promotion Policy is the successor of the Agricultural Transformational Agenda 2011-2015. The APP document details strategies to revive the Agricultural sector with a view to boosting food production and creating jobs in the country in line with the overall economic policy thrust on diversification.
The APP is designed to bring together all agricultural strategies and plans developed in the recent past with the intention of developing Nigeria’s agricultural commodity value chains to increase productivity while also improving and or sustaining the livelihoods of producers. The strategy sets target and goals for the various agricultural subsectors with objectives of protecting foreign reserves, substituting imports, developing youths in Agriculture, reducing rural unemployment, developing commodity value chains and increasing private sector participation in Nigeria’s agricultural sector.
The transformation of the agricultural sector is now a development imperative for many African countries owing to the fact that the sector has been identified as the 21st century key driver of economic growth. Thus the APP in Nigeria is viewed as the policy framework for the much needed transformation that transcends the Agricultural sector and fundamental to solving the major problem of policy summersaults in Nigeria. Thus it is envisaged that the APP will mainstream the fundamentals of both regional and continental policies like the ECOWAP and the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development plan (CAADP).
Thus NANTS in partnership with Africa Lead organized a two-day High Level consultation of selected MDAs and Non State Actors to brainstorm and be sensitized on the understanding and appreciation of the APP contents, principles and objectives. Furthermore, the consultation is intended to create a platform for stakeholders buy-in and participation in the policy implementation.