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The Management of Government Projects in Nigeria: A Case Study of Fertilizer Procurement and Distribution to Farmers in Nigeria
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DOI (Published version): 10.23889/SUthesis.59493
This study examines the optimisation of supply chain flows for nationally important agricultural products in the developing world, with a particular focus on fertilizer procurement and distribution to farmers in Nigeria. As a farmer in Nigeria who had experienced difficulties with access to inputs,...
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This study examines the optimisation of supply chain flows for nationally important agricultural products in the developing world, with a particular focus on fertilizer procurement and distribution to farmers in Nigeria. As a farmer in Nigeria who had experienced difficulties with access to inputs, the author was keen to see an effective supply chain system where agricultural produce moved easily and cheaply to the market without affecting its quality, which rarely happened. Later, as an agricultural expert, the author offered support for the development of agricultural products and its supply chain but was frustrated by a lack of infrastructure and unclear policies. This suggested a dysfunctional supply chain, deserving further investigation, from personal interest, and because of its national significance for food production, and importance to individual farmers and their survival. A review of literature identified a gap in the research on supply chain performance of critical agricultural products in the developing world. A qualitative method was employed, and key stakeholders in the programme from the six regions in Nigeria were interviewed in order to gain a better understanding of their experiences. Data was collected, analysed and interpreted using a thematic approach which yielded the following themes; substandard packaging, acts of corruption, ineffective stock management, insecurity of material control, unsatisfactory project management and access to finance. The findings were discussed and triangulated using resource dependence, transaction cost, systems and network theories to establish an in-depth understanding of the programme performance and the reasons for its sub-optimisation, the most significant of which was insecurity of material control. This investigation of a previously unstudied and significant real-world problem and its findings may be of value and interest to stakeholders in the programme. Future research could apply comparative or mixed method studies on this and related topics in agriculture and healthcare supply chains in Nigeria and other countries.
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