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Nigeria was recently selected as a Feed the Future target country. Stay tuned for more information and impact.

Nigeria’s agriculture sector is economically productive and has 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 is partnering with Nigeria to 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.

  • 268 Thousand
    Producers applying new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in Nigeria
  • $118 Million
    New income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY16 from agricultural sales
  • 217 Thousand
    Hectares tended with new technologies in Nigeria 
  • $12 Million
    New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY16

Key Achievements

Feed the Future helped improve the profitability of staple crops in Nigeria, including sorghum and rice. This included doubling the gross margin for sorghum and rice. Feed the Future also helped farmers increase cassava productivity from 14.8 tons per hectare in 2015 to 19.9 tons in 2016 and aquaculture productivity from 15.9 metric tons per hectare in 2015 to 18.5 metric tons in 2016.

Zones of Influence in Nigeria

Map of Nigeria

Background Stats

  • 186 Million
    Number of people living in Nigeria (World Bank, 2016)
  • 21.2 Percent
    Agriculture Value Added to GDP (World Bank, 2016)
  • 51 Percent
    Percentage of population living in rural Nigeria (World Bank, 2015)
  • 32.9 Percent
    Reduction in the prevalence of stunting in children under 5 years old in the areas where Feed the Future has worked since 2014

Value Chains

  • Rice
  • Cassava
  • Cocoa
  • Aquaculture
  • Sorghum
Winnowing, pictured here, improves the quality of farmer’s grains by removing impurities and is predominantly carried out by women.


The agriculture sector in Nigeria is promising, but has not reached its full potential for reducing poverty. 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 and enter commercial value chains, including through access to finance, inputs and technologies, and extension services.

Feed the Future is also intensifying its effort to increase resilience, with a particular focus on women’s empowerment and youth employment, so people can cope and recover in the face of adversity that would otherwise push them back or further into poverty and hunger. Feed the Future-supported youth-focused agricultural activities will also help mitigate recruitment by violent extremist groups. Evidence from northeastern Nigeria has shown that Boko Haram has used economic incentives like business loans as a recruitment tool. Feed the Future 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. The initiative supports local institutions to improve agricultural productivity and ensure food security as well. For example, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Feed the Future provides training on post-harvest handling of grains to build the capacity of the Nigerian grain storage sector.


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

  • The Commercial Service of the U.S. Mission in Nigeria
  • 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
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. African Development Foundation

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