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A Grain de sel "Country Report"

Breaking with its custom, Grain de sel is devoting
this issue exclusively to one country, Nigeria.
Why this country? Nigeria alone represents half of
the population of West Africa and half of its economy.
Despite its size and influence on all surrounding
countries, most rural and agricultural development
actors in French-speaking countries (and sometimes in
English-speaking countries as well) both in the North
and within Africa know little about Nigeria.
This special issue contains reports on initiatives,
analytical assessments and opinion pieces that
aim to inform readers about the West African “giant
with feet of clay”. Focusing on agriculture, this
issue pays particular attention to Nigeria’s influence
in the sub-region.
What is the current status of crop and animal farming
in Nigeria? How has agricultural policy evolved
in this country? How are farmers’ organizations doing
in Nigeria? What dynamics influence agricultural
trade between Nigeria and its neighbours? What role
does Nigeria play in ECOWAS? All of these questions
are discussed in this issue.

We thank all the authors for their contributions
and input, and the members of the Grain de sel editorial
committee, John Odozi who worked for several
months to prepare this issue, along with M. Mitaut,
L. Pacoud, J-F Sempéré, J-R Cuzon and D. Simon.
An extensive bibliography was compiled during the
preparation of this issue; it is available on the Interréseaux
website at: http://www.inter-reseaux.org/ressourcesthematiques/
ressources-par-pays/article/ressources-sur-le-nigeria.

A special online newsletter on Nigeria has also
been published: http://www.inter-reseaux.org/bulletin-deveille/
article/bulletin-de-veille-no167-special

This bulletin received financial assistance from
the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the
European Union (EU) and the International Fund for
Agricultural Development (IFAD).

In addition to this issue of Grain de sel, readers
may wish to consult “Nigeria: from oil giant to
agri giant” in Défis Sud No. 95: http://www.sosfaim.be/
developpement-rural-FR-publications-defis_sud-nigeria_petro_
geant_agro_geant.htm

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