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Feed the Future works in 33 local government areas in Nigeria, spanning 11 states.

Country Context

  • 2.5M
    Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY19

Value Chains

  • Aquaculture
  • Cowpea
  • Rice
  • Soybean
  • Maize/corn
  • Sheep and Goats
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  • 201 Million

    Number of people living in Nigeria (World Bank, 2019)

  • 2.2 Percent

    Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 21.9 percent of added value (World Bank, 2019)

  • 49 Percent

    Percentage of population living in rural Nigeria (World Bank, 2019)

  • 37 Percent

    Percentage of stunted children under the age of 5 (NDHS, 2018)

Our Strategy


Improve agricultural productivity by connecting smallholder farmers to resources


Develop inclusive and resilient markets


Strengthen household and community resilience to shocks


Improve the nutrition of women and children


Strengthen policy systems related to resilience, agriculture and nutrition

Our Progress

  • 380,000

    Producers applying new technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY19

  • 48,000

    Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY19

Our Work

Despite high agricultural potential, Nigeria still faces low agricultural productivity and relies on smallholder farming. Feed the Future stimulates growth in key markets by encouraging private sector partnerships, fostering agricultural innovation and expanding economic opportunities for smallholder farmers. Through investments in agriculture, resilience and nutrition, Feed the Future is helping Nigeria promote sustainable, diverse and inclusive economic growth.

Improving Agricultural Productivity

Feed the Future works to improve agricultural productivity in Nigeria by connecting smallholder farmers to resources, including improved access to finance, agricultural inputs and technologies, extension services and product development, especially for nutritious foods. As a result of Feed the Future’s investments in 2019:

  • 400,000 farmers applied new farming technologies or improved management practices
  • Staple crop (maize and rice) yields per unit of land increased by 155 percent compared to 2018
  • Maize yields increased 75% from 1.5 tons per hectare in 2018 to 2.59 in 2019
  • Rice yields increased 37% from 1.25 tons per hectare in 2018 to 1.71 in 2019

Strengthening Resilience

Feed the Future strengthens 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. In regions like northeastern Nigeria that are vulnerable to insurgencies, Feed the Future is working to strengthen the resilience and food security of local communities.

As insurgent organizations, primarily ISIS West Africa (Boko Haram), use economic incentives like business loans as a recruitment tool, Feed the Future helps provide economic alternatives to these activities and reduce the recurring need for humanitarian assistance.

Feed the Future also works with the Government of Nigeria’s Emergency Management Agency, relevant United Nations agencies and the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel to conduct post-harvest and flood assessments for early warning systems.

Empowering Women and Youth

Agriculture is an engine of growth to create jobs and opportunities for Nigerians, particularly women and youth. Feed the Future has increased the participation of women and youth in agricultural markets and food systems. Twenty-five percent of those who participated in U.S. Government-assisted programming in Nigeria were women and 28 percent were youth. This programming helped women and youth gain access to training and agricultural technology, resulting in increased crop yields.


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 2019 (FY19). For more information on the indicators above, please view our Feed the Future Indicator Handbook.  All amounts are listed in U.S. dollars.

Our Activities

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

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  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Legume Systems Research
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Policy Research, Capacity and Influence
  • Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment
  • Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services and Technology Promotion Activity
  • Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project
  • Feed the Future Nigeria and Nestle Maize Quality Improvement Partnership
  • Feed the Future Nigeria Integrated Agriculture
  • Feed the Future Nigeria Rural Resilience
  • Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa
  • U.S. African Development Foundation
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub
  • Water for Agriculture

Related Resources

November 29, 2018

Feed the Future Country Plan for Nigeria

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