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Nigeria’s agriculture sector employs approximately 75 percent of total labor force and is economically productive with tremendous potential for growth. The sector is large and diverse, and plays a key role in food security in both West and Central Africa. Feed the Future investments in Nigeria will further develop this sector, which will enhance opportunities for employment, contribute to regional food security and stability, and help people rise out of extreme poverty.

  • 429 Thousand
    Producers applying new technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help in Nigeria
  • $579 Million
    Annual agricultural sales generated by Nigerians reached by Feed the Future in FY17 
  • 303 Thousand
    Hectares tended with new technologies in Nigeria
  • $6 Million
    New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY17

Key Achievements

Feed the Future investments strengthened and expanded access to markets and trade, improving the business enabling environment by engaging with the Government of Nigeria to hold numerous micro, medium and small enterprise clinics across the country. This resulted in a reduction in product registration costs, turnaround time, and increased access to finance.

Feed the Future worked with the State Governments’ and Local Government Area (LGA) personnel to improve the government’s ability to contribute to social safety net programs for the most vulnerable households.


These results reflect information from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. African Development Foundation, reported into Feed the Future’s central monitoring system for fiscal year (FY2017). For more information on the indicators above, please view our Feed the Future Indicator Handbook. All dollar amounts are listed in U.S. dollars.


  • Improve agricultural productivity by connecting smallholder farmers to resources
  • Develop inclusive and resilient markets
  • Increase access to diverse and safe food supply for adequate dietary intake

Zones of Influence in Nigeria

Map of Nigeria
  • 33 Local Government Areas spanning 11 states

Background Stats

  • 190 Million
    Number of people living in Nigeria (World Bank, 2017)
  • 20.8 Percent
    Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 20.8% of added value (World Bank, 2017)
  • 50 Percent
    Percentage of population living in rural Nigeria (World Bank, 2017)
  • 43.6 Percent
    Percentage of stunted children under the age of 5 (World Bank, 2016)

Value Chains

  • Aquaculture
  • Maize/Corn
  • Cowpea
  • Rice
  • Goats
  • Soybean
Winnowing, pictured here, improves the quality of farmer’s grains by removing impurities and is predominantly carried out by women.


Despite high agricultural potential, Nigeria still faces low agricultural productivity and a reliance on smallholder farming. With a growing population and increased demand, the agricultural sector is ripe for market-led growth, from processing to transport to trade. Feed the Future stimulates market systems growth by encouraging private-sector partnerships, fostering agricultural innovation, and expand economic opportunities for smallholders. Through investments in agriculture, resilience and nutrition, Feed the Future is helping Nigeria promote sustainable, diverse and inclusive economic growth.

Feed the Future is helping smallholder farmers and small to medium enterprises improve their competitiveness in selected value chains, through increased access to finance, improved agricultural inputs and technologies, and extension services.

Feed the Future is also intensifying its effort to increase resilience so people can mitigate risks, adapt to shocks and stresses and recover in the face of adversity that would otherwise push them back or further into poverty and hunger. With a particular focus on empowering women and youth, Feed the Future promotes private sector engagement to improve agricultural productivity and ensure food security.

Evidence from northeastern Nigeria has shown that Boko Haram has used economic incentives like business loans as a recruitment tool. Feed the Future is engaging with stakeholders to provide economic alternatives to these activities and reduce dependence on humanitarian assistance. The initiative also works with the Government of Nigeria’s Emergency Management Agency, relevant United Nation agencies, and the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel to conduct post-harvest and flood assessments for early warning systems.


Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Nigeria.

  • Africa Leadership and Capacity Building Program II (Africa Lead)
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate-Resilient Cowpea
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut Research
  • Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project
  • Feed the Future Nigeria and Nestle Maize Quality Improvement Partnership
  • Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project
  • Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA)
  • The Commercial Service of the U.S. Mission in Nigeria
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. African Development Foundation

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