Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. It is a major oil exporter but due to ethnic and political conflicts over the years, poverty has become a big issue, especially in rural Nigeria's semi-arid Northern regions. Through the recent Agricultural Transformation Agenda, Nigeria is again investing in its smallholder agriculture. ICRISAT research in Nigeria focuses on groundnut, sorghum and millet, key staple crops for many small Nigerian farmers.
68% - Share of the 162 million people on Nigeria living on less than US$ 1.25 a day
1/3 - Share of agriculture in Nigeria's national GDP
6% - Percentage of groundnut area sown to improved varieties in Nigeria (before Tropical Legumes 2 project was started)