In the realm of agriculture and food security, inclusivity is not merely a buzzword; it is a fundamental necessity. Inclusive agricultural and food security policies are founded on the principle that every individual has a stake in decisions that affect them. Regardless of people’s status, they should have access to nutritious food and the means to produce it. These policies address the challenges faced by marginalized groups such as smallholder farmers, women, indigenous communities, and rural populations.
The role of research cannot be overstated as a catalyst for informed policy decisions. Rigorous research serves as the bedrock upon which policies are built, providing the necessary evidence and insights to address complex societal challenges. Policymakers armed with robust data are better equipped to navigate the intricacies of decision-making and develop solutions that stand the test of time.
As Africa continues to navigate the complexities of the modern world, innovative policy responses to various shocks have become essential. From the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to implications of geopolitical events like the Russia-Ukraine war, African nations are at the forefront of crafting adaptive strategies.
Creating an inclusive agricultural and food security policy is very important. A robust and dynamic agricultural policy begins with research. This research serves as the cornerstone, offering an understanding of the current realities, diverse challenges and opportunities, ranging from the needs of communities to market trends and sustainable agricultural practices. Fostering a research-driven approach enables policymakers to make informed decisions that address the unique challenges faced by different regions and demographics. This explains why the Innovation Lab for Policy Leadership in Agriculture and Food Security (PiLAF) has been strengthening capacity in research and data analysis.
The Innovation Lab for Policy Leadership in Agriculture and Food Security (PiLAF) shines as a beacon of expertise and influence. Established in 2020 as part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security, PiLAF has rapidly become a pivotal player in shaping inclusive and sustainable agricultural and food security policies in Nigeria. PiLAF’s key objective is to influence the agricultural policy process by fostering research, capacity development, and collaboration among all stakeholders within the agri-food system.
PiLAF’s Brown Bag Series is an effort of the Innovation Lab for Policy Leadership in Agriculture and Food Security (PiLAF) in bridging the gap between researchers and policy makers. It is expected to be a platform that will bring together various actors along the agricultural food system to discuss topical issues affecting agricultural development in Nigeria as well as the sub-region. The obvious disconnect between the town and the gown has overtime led to poor policy formulation and implementation, creating evident problems in the agricultural policy design process, from the formulation to implementation as well as evaluation.
The program titled, Oyo State Agricultural Stakeholders Meeting, held on the 29th November, 2022 at the Seminar Room of the International Conference Center of University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria had in attendance stakeholders from the mainstream to the downstream value chain of the agribusiness in the state. The programme was geared towards bringing different stakeholders in the agricultural sector to discuss issues relating to fabrication.