We are in the era of data revolution. Data is everywhere, and they come in different forms and shapes. The use of data for research, decision/policy making and others has continued to grow. This development has posed some problems. The needed skills for handling and processing data still need to be improved, particularly among students and researchers.
More than we can admit or realize, our lives are governed by policies. Policy is one of the structural frameworks that govern day-to-day activities. For example in Nigeria, some persons could not purchase or eat imported frozen foods because of the policy of the government that prohibits it.
The Innovation Lab for Policy Leadership in Agriculture and Food Security (PiLAF) organized a workshop for feed millers in Oyo State. The engaging and informative event took place on September 28, 2022 at the University of Ibadan’s Faculty of Agriculture’s First Bank Building. Feed millers from different local government areas in Oyo state attended the gathering. The representative of the agriculture minister, guest speakers, and other PiLAF staff members were also present.
It was indeed an insightful discourse at the last special edition of PiLAF’s brown bag series tagged stakeholder’s engagement forum. The meeting, which was held virtually on Wednesday, August 24th, 2022 had in attendance several important personalities from different sectors such as academics, politicians, business owners etc.
One of the benefits of training is that it helps to unlock potentials and it equally creates atmosphere of possibility. Herculean tasks as well as things considered impossible bows in the face of appropriate training and skills. Thus, people are empowered when they are given the right training. This is the experience at the just concluded STATA training organized by Innovation Lab for Policy Leadership in Agriculture and Food Security (PiLAF), University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
The Innovation Lab for Policy Leadership in Agriculture and Food Security (PiLAF) engaged with stakeholders across the Day Old Chick (DOC) value chain in Oyo State. The interactive and insightful discourse was a physical meeting held on 24th August, 2022 at the Ibadan Business School, Adamawa hall, Bodija, Ibadan.
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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.
It was an insightful and educative moment at the last Oyo State Agricultural Equipment Fabricators’ Workshop organized by the Innovation Lab for Policy Leadership in Agriculture and Food Security (PiLAF) and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, IITA, Ibadan. The workshop took place on 17th May, 2022 at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, IITA, Ibadan.
Policy process can be conceived as a systematic procedure that involves pertinent problem identification, selection of mechanisms to tackle the problem, development of institutions to manage the operation and designing of strategy to measure and evaluate the activities. This underscores the fact that policy design is innovative, procedural and engaging.