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Driving agricultural transformation with the power of information and communication technology: The performance of Nigeria’s growth enhancement support scheme:

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  • Olomola, Aderibigbe S.

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Nigeria liberalized input distribution and established the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GESS) in 2011 to deliver subsidized inputs to farmers as part of its Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA). Despite the relevance of the GESS as a subsidy delivery mechanism, its achievements during the first year of imple-mentation (2012) were below expectations. In 2015, as the first phase of the GESS is ending, has there been any significant improvement in its implementation? What improvements have occurred in redemption and par-ticipation rates? Even though the GESS is known to be making contributions in terms of ensuring direct access by farmers to subsidized inputs, the main determinants of farmers’ participation remain unknown. This study seeks to (i) examine the application of ICT innovations in the implementation of the GESS; (ii) assess its im-plementation performance from inception to date; and (iii) determine the factors influencing farmers’ participa-tion in the scheme. The study is timely and has significant policy relevance judging by the desire of the govern-ment of Nigeria to understand the performance of the GESS in view of the enormous financial and material resources that have been committed to the scheme since its inception in 2012. An evaluation of the perfor-mance of the GESS will provide the government with feedback required for making adjustments in input sub-sidy spending, especially in the face of the recently declining oil revenues. It becomes imperative to have evi-

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  • Olomola, Aderibigbe S., 2015. "Driving agricultural transformation with the power of information and communication technology: The performance of Nigeria’s growth enhancement support scheme:," NSSP working papers 30, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  • Handle: RePEc:fpr:nsspwp:30
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    1. Joseph I. Uduji & Elda N. Okolo-Obasi, 2018. "Adoption of improved crop varieties by involving farmers in the e-wallet program in Nigeria," Research Africa Network Working Papers 18/062, Research Africa Network (RAN).
    2. Joseph I. Uduji & Elda N. Okolo-Obasi & Simplice A. Asongu, 2018. "The impact of e-wallet on informal farm entrepreneurship development in rural Nigeria," AFEA Working Papers 18/040, African Finance and Economic Association (AFEA).
    3. Houssou, Nazaire & Andam, Kwaw S. & Collins, Asante-Addo, 2017. "Can better targeting improve the effectiveness of Ghana's Fertilizer Subsidy Program? Lessons from Ghana and other countries in Africa south of the Sahara," IFPRI discussion papers 1605, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    4. Joseph I. Uduji & Elda N. Okolo-Obasi, 2018. "Adoption of improved crop varieties by involving farmers in the e-wallet program in Nigeria," Working Papers of the African Governance and Development Institute. 18/063, African Governance and Development Institute..
    5. Balana, Bedru & Oyeyemi, Motunrayo, 2021. "Credit Constraints and Adoption of Agricultural Technologies in Developing Countries? Evidence from Nigeria," 2021 Conference, August 17-31, 2021, Virtual 315347, International Association of Agricultural Economists.

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