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The Context


Agriculture remains the base of the Nigerian economy despite its heavy dependence on oil for decades. Majority of the population now estimated at close 180 million depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.


Like in other parts of West Africa, Nigeria’s agriculture is experiencing challenges related to the low adoption of innovative technologies, the high cost of agri-inputs, poor access to credit, inadequate storage facilities, poor access to markets, and low levels of irrigation. These factors have been a drag on achieving the desired productivity levels that can guarantee the food and nutrition security of the people.


According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the completion of the World Bank-funded National Agricultural Research Project in 1998 plunged Niger’s agricultural research into severe financial crisis lasting more than a decade. Since 2009, agricultural research capacity and investment levels have gradually begun to recover, in large part due to another World Bank loan-funded project, WAAPP, which is intended to support the country’s livestock research; various capacity building initiatives; and the generation, dissemination, and adoption of new technologies.


CORAF’s work in Nigeria


CORAF works hand-in-hand with the national agricultural research systems of Nigeria as well as the Regional Center of Specialization on Aquaculture to devise science and technology solutions to enable agriculture actors to deal with some of these challenges for Nigeria and the entire West African region.



To date, CORAF’s Work has contributed to:


  • Generating high-performing agricultural innovative technologies;
  • Increase in agricultural productivity through the provision of high-yielding varieties;
  • Construction and rehabilitation of agricultural research and development infrastructure;
  • Improved access to innovations and technologies by producers;
  • Increase in incomes of producers;
  • Strengthening of the capacity of agricultural research;
  • Reduction in poverty, hunger, and malnutrition in rural areas.


Agriculture Research and Development in Nigeria


The Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) is a public entity placed under the Federal Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development. It is responsible for the coordination of agricultural research activities in Nigeria. It works in collaboration with CORAF to generate research solutions that are not only adaptable to Nigeria but also to the entire West African region such as in aquaculture.


The Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria is the leading research institute in Nigeria.

Others include:


  • Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN);
  • Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR);
  • Institute for Agricultural Research & Training (IAR&T);
  • Lake Chad Research Institute;
  • National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI);
  • Nat. Agricultural Ext. Research & Liaison Services (NAERLS);
  • National Cereal Research Institute (NCRI);
  • Nat. Inst. for Fresh-Water Fisheries Research (NFFR);
  • National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT);
  • National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI);
  • National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI);
  • Nigerian Institute for Oil-Palm Research;
  • Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI);
  • Nig. Institute for Oceanography & Marine Research (NIOMR);
  • Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria (RRIN).

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Contact CNS Nigeria

First Name: Ibiwoye
Last Name: Ibikunle Titus
Institution: WAAPP Nigeria
Title: Coordonnateur CNS
Phone: (234)8053419099
PB/City: 5026, Wuse, Abuja – NIGERIA
Fax: 234 09 67 05 703

Contact ARCN Nigeria

First Name: Prof. Garba Hamidu
Last Name: Sharubutu
Institution: ARCN
Title: Acting Executive Secretary
Phone: +2348035042815
PB/City:Plot 223D Cadastral Zone B6, Mabushi Abuja