Special Reports/Features

A farmland used to tell the story

COVID-19 Lockdown: Where many farmers lost, some gained

Some farmers said the lockdowns allowed them to give more attention to their farms.

Cassava farm used to illustrate story

How BASICS is changing Nigeria’s cassava seed sector, creating seed entrepreneurs

Researchers say in the last 5 years, BASICS has created a viable and sustainable cassava seed system in Nigeria.

Harvesters work on a soybean harvest in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. (Pixabay)

Coronavirus: Another chance to transform the global food trade

While the full impact of the pandemic on food security is still unknown, it’s likely to take different shapes around the world.

A farmer displays freshly harvested cocoa bean.

Despite governments’ promises, no rebound for Nigeria’s struggling cocoa sector

Nigeria has failed for decades to reclaim its pre-oil global cocoa production ranking despite promises by various governments. Things are no different now.

A Maize farm [Photo: HapaKenya]

How Nigeria’s agric sector fared in 2019

The government argues that all these activities were channeled at improving the lives of average Nigerians.

Rusi Leso helping her mother process the gari

SPECIAL REPORT: Ogoni fishermen, farmers lament continued effects of environmental pollution

Farmers and fishermen lament the toll oil spills have taken on their livelihood.

Jacking of cassava water during garri process @ Olorunda

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside Oyo’s garri-producing community that lacks basic amenities

Residents of Olorunda in Oyo State have never had electricity. There is also no school, hospital, potable water and others in the community.

New bridge constructed by Union members

INVESTIGATION: Inside story of unexecuted, abandoned N224 million constituency projects in Plateau

In this second part of an investigative report from Plateau undertaken by UDEME & Premium Times, the reporter brings to limelight the hardship faced by community dwellers in the Home of Peace and Tourism.

Sun drying at Engine Hajia

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside Nigeria’s rice mills where manual, child labour thrive

Low level of mechanisation makes rice milling in Nigeria tedious and wasteful, keeping local production at below half of potential.

How small-holder farmers can attract funding – Business Heads

The business leads say groups and cooperatives are important structures if small-holder farmers want to be attractive for funding.

5. Wheat farm in Wurno

Nigerian scientists, experts disagree on GM foods

“It has been said that GMOs have higher yield simply because they are made in the laboratory. This is not borne out by facts.

Boko Haram: Displaced women turn to cashew in Abuja, and are ‘making it’

The women at the Abuja IDP camp say they have found a new means of livelihood.

A tired "Baba" heading home after work on the farm.

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the world of Nigeria’s financially excluded farmers

Many farmers across Nigeria are unbanked. They share their stories in this special report.

Mr Okoli checking one of the trees

SPECIAL REPORT: How Nigerian farmers grow apples locally amidst ‘harsh’ weather

Nigeria spent about $29.7 million to import apples in 2018, to rank 47th largest importer in the world.

Banana

ANALYSIS: Imported banana floods Abuja markets

Some sellers and consumers gave reasons for preferring the imported bananas.

NIRSAL MD/CEO, Mr. Aliyu Abdulhameed.

LIVE UPDATE: Policymakers, farmers, others gather for agriculture symposium

The President of the African Development Bank, AFDB, Akinwunmi Adesina, will be highlight speaker at the event.

Fertiliser bags used to illustrate the story.

ANALYSIS: Transforming Fertiliser Distribution: Notore’s Delivery Revolution

“We’re beginning to make real progress in terms of domestic fertiliser use.

INVESTIGATION: How latest Mambilla Plateau violence unfolded; leaving deaths, destruction

The violent conflict that pitted two ethnic groups last June was only the latest in a history of inter-ethnic tension that frequently erupts into mass killings.

SPECIAL REPORT: How new farming initiative is transforming lives in Nasarawa community

“Because of this farm, we can now eat and take care of our family.”