MIRA NIGERIA PROJECT
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is implementing the Micro Reforms for African Agribusiness (MIRA) with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to provide African governments with access to high quality local and international technical assistance for identifying, prioritizing and reforming “problem” agricultural policy, laws, regulations and administrative practices that currently constrain expanding private sector investments in small, medium and large scale agribusiness firms engaged in agricultural input supply and output marketing in value chains of staple foods for smallholder farmers. In doing so MIRA builds the capacity of African Governments through learning-by-doing and learning-by-using to continuously review and reform policies and regulations that unintentionally limit private sector investments.
AGRA launched the Micro Reforms (policy, law and regulations) for African Agribusiness (MIRA) in Nigeria on 20th – 22nd July 2015 in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and the Nigeria Agribusiness Group (NABG). AGRA is working to meet the African farmers need for unique solutions that are designed to address their specific environmental and agricultural needs. These solutions can boost production and gain access to rapidly growing agriculture markets in a sustainable manner.
The MIRA Nigeria project seeks to identify authentic policy reforms needed in the entire agricultural value chain in support of the ongoing agricultural micro-economic policy and institutional reforms in Nigeria. The project also focus on strengthen local capacity of the Policy and Planning and the Agribusiness and Marketing Departments of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARAD) and the Nigeria Agribusiness Group NABG (an organized private sector platform for agribusinesses in Nigeria) in policy analysis, formulation, development, approval processes, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.
MIRA’s Project Aims and Objectives:
MIRA aims to provide access to local and international technical experts who can help African Government policy analysts and policy makers to make better-informed, economically-robust assessments and decisions about which policies and regulations need to be reformed in order to facilitate increased private investment in smallholder value chains
To strengthen and sharpen African Governments' appetite (demand) for regulatory reforms, by supporting efforts to identify and assess regulations that unintentionally limit private sector investment in smallholder value chains.
To support African Governments’ efforts to reform regulations that limit private sector investment in smallholder value chains.
To promote reformed regulations to local and international private sector investors, in order to raise awareness about improved agribusiness enabling environments in Africa.
To enhance African Governments' capacity and commitment to continuously review, assess and reform regulations that limit private sector investment in smallholder value chains
MIRA NIGERIA REFORM OPPORTUNITIES
|TARGET REFORM||REFORM ACTION|
|Seeds||Facilitate the technical and political process for updating, passage and enactment of the Revised Seed Act by helping to identify and design options for increased availability and access to quality pre-basic and basic seed, i.e., breeders, foundation and certified seeds.|
|Fertilizers||Facilitate the technical and political process for updating, passage and enactment of the Fertilizer Quality Control Bill in the manufacturing, regulation and distribution of locally produced and imported fertilizer.|
|Presidential Fertilizer Initiative||Prioritize the Implementation/Enforcement of quality standards of local/domestic fertilizer production and blending as part of a reallocation of public subsidy to production end of the supply chain. Retailing of NPKs to farmers at a subsidized price (N5, 500 per 50kg bag, compared previous market price of N8, 000 per 50kg bag).|
|Fertilizers and seeds||Facilitate updating, passage and enactment of the Growth Support Bill (GES Bill) that targets subsidy to poor farmers for fertilizer and certified seeds.|
|Agricultural markets||Facilitate the technical and political process for updating, passage and enactment of the Act to establish marketing corporations to replace marketing boards|
NABG MIRA PROJECT OFFICER
Head office: 26 Lake Chad Crescent Maitama, Abuja Nigeria
Liaison office: 126 Lewis Street Lafiaji, Obalende, Lagos Nigeria
FEPSAN MIRA PROJECT OFFICERS
FEPSAN MIRA Nigeria Program Office,
5th Floor Murjanatu House,
1 Zambezi Crescent Maitama Abuja
Project Manager: Gideon@Fepsan-Mira.Com
SEEDAN MIRA PROJECT OFFICERS:
C/O Premier Seed Nigeria,
Chikaji Industrial Estate, Zaria, Kaduna State