As part of PIND’s commitment to promoting a deeper understanding and awareness of the Niger Delta through research development, PIND conducted an economic opportunities analysis to highlight major sectors of potential pro-poor economic growth and three value chain studies to diagnose the underlying constraints to achieving that growth. The findings from these analyses serve as the baseline research that will inform much of PIND’s Economic Development program, which seeks to promote economic growth by improving market access for the region’s most disadvantaged people.
Throughout the research process, PIND collaborated closely with key partners to apply the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) development approach. M4P examines and addresses the underlying causes of weak market performance and the exclusion of the poor in order to create better functioning, more equitable market systems to ultimately produce broad-based economic growth.
When first developing the economic opportunities report, PIND commissioned the New Nigeria Foundation (NNF) to conduct the research to better understand the Niger Delta’s overall economy, its key sectors, marginal groups, and the position of the poor within those sectors. The resulting report identified three agricultural commodities – Aquaculture, Palm Oil, and Cassava – as having the highest growth potential and opportunity to impact the poor in the Niger Delta region.