The National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) in collaboration with the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) and Dutch Platform on Inclusive Development (INCLUDE) will host a one-day forum on Employment Creation in agriculture and agro-processing in Nigeria, on January 31, 2017, in Abuja. This forum is part of the activities and engagement processes of the Utafiti Sera (research-policy) communities on employment creation in Nigeria, which seeks to to encourage use of research evidence in policies for inclusive development in Africa.
This forum will bring together relevant stakeholders from the federal, state and local government and offer them an opportunity to discuss productive wage employment issues in agriculture and agro-processing issues in Nigeria that need policy attention. Specifically, the forum will discuss:
1. Framework for transforming domestic private investment in rice and cotton value chain to promote wage employment and specifically targeting erstwhile importers into local producers.
2. Legislative mechanisms to encourage decent employment creation including narrowing gender disparity in the rice and cotton value chain.
3. Policy and institutional framework for enhancing youth employment in agri-business.
Further, during the forum, PASGR will also present activities that have been planned for the year which members of the Utafiti Sera community will be requested to support to ensure the programme’s success.