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Developing and Implementing Policies that Transform Agriculture in Land Fragmented Regions – A Case for Nigeria

Developing agriculture policy, let alone implementing, is deceptively simple, especially for countries layered with challenges such as poor-quality inputs, fragmented land and high cost of credit for agriculture. Nigeria is one of such countries with smallholder farmers constituting 70% of the farming community with each on less than 2 hectares of land on average. These smallholder farmers are responsible for 90% of total agriculture productivity of the Nation. With fragmented land holding, these smallholder farmers on their own can hardly access credit and infrastructure such as integrated irrigation and tractorisation to optimize and gain returns from their investment.