Exploring Sustained and Effective Female and Youth Participation in Nigerian Agriculture
This session will outline the findings from an ex-post study self-funded by Chemonics for USAID/Nigeria MARKETS II project, implemented from 2012-2017. The evaluation examined the project’s sustainability and effectiveness in increasing the inclusion of women, youth, and smallholder farmers in the agricultural sector. The analysis was conducted a year after project closure and was a rigorous, evidence-based review of quantitative data from life-of-project M&E data and qualitative data collected in-country. Participants of this session will learn about MARKETS II’s limitations and successes in including women and youth during the project and their continued participation in the Nigerian agricultural sector, as well as how to market linkages have evolved since MARKETS II closed. The session will also engage participants in group work to explore how findings from the study and lessons learned in engaging women and youth in agriculture can be applied more broadly in their own work.