The standard norm for improving the performance of the public sector is bench-marking. It is important to regularly compare food security situation against those of other nations.
In view of the fact that production is now targeted for global markets, farmers increasingly require a global strategy through branding. Wide options for commodity branding exist due to the diversity of agricultural commodities in Nigeria.
The characteristics, achievements and constraints faced by the various initiatives of food security need to be considered in all attempts to establish any sustainable food security strategy.
The policy thrusts of the Institute of Food Security shall remain:
Promotion of best agricultural practices (in order to shift from current subsistence nature to modernized agricultural production, storage, processing and marketing),
Sequel to these, professional staff shall be assigned to programmes relevant to their fields. Information and Communication Technology staff shall be engaged to serve as system analysts (and run the Institute’s website) while a Public relations Unit and a Data Bank would be equipped for efficiency.
The Institute of Food Security (IFS) will serve as the intellectual powerhouse of the food economy to tackle issues in their theoretical, structural and other dimensions. To achieve this, a number of programmes and activities are necessary. Six programmes have been created for implementation. Activities fall into research, training and extension, all being involved in each programme.
Strategy and Governance Programme:
Knowledge, Innovation and Extension Programme:
Technology and Environment Programme:
Markets and Institutions Programme:
Food and Nutrition Programme:
Biotechnology and Farm Health