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.
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.
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.
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.
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.