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NIFAAS ICT GROUP HOLDS MAIDEN TRAINING IN ABUJA

  The Nigeria Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (NIFAAS) ICT Working group held its maiden training workshop on the theme “Web2.0 Tools for Effective Agricultural Advisory Service Delivery” at the Conference Hall of FADAMA House, Wuse II, Abuja on 28th March 2018. The training commenced at 10 am with participants drawn from different agricultural and related organizations across the country. Resources persons made presentations on the theme followed by hands-on activities on using Web2.0 to drive agricultural development in Nigeria....

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Think Big, Start Small… Olabode Deborah

Gleanings from NIFAAS ICT working group workshop on web 2.0   The NIFAAS ICT Working Group held a training workshop for its members on Web 2.0. The training was held at the Conference Hall of Fadama House, Wuse II, Abuja, on 28th March 2018. At the training, papers were presented and issues on ICT discussed. There was also a work plan drawn for the group. My take from this workshop include the following: There is an urgent need to look beyond Government intervention and rise as Rural Advisory Providers to promote Agricultural Development. To make meaningful impact as Rural...

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3rd NIFAAS AGM: Ibadan 2017

This is to Invite all members to the 3rd Annual General Meeting of NIFAAS, tagged Ibadan 2017, which will come up on Wednesday 25th October 2017 at the First Bank Building, Facultry of Agriculture, University of Ibadan at 9am prompt.   To Register to Participate, CLICK THIS LINK AND FILL THE FORM...

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2017 NIFAAS Innovation Fair: Call for Proposals

NIFAAS announces the submission of proposal on Innovations (a Technology/ Process/ Approach/Strategy) ready and worthy of scaling up, for presentation at the next NIFAAS Annual General Meeting. The innovation should be something specific that will increase the small-scale farmers’ production and productivity hence their quality of life. Rationale Innovation is the fulcrum of development especially in the face of low productivity and food insecurity amidst postharvest losses, gender inequality, crises, climate change, population pressure and ineffective interventions. To enhance productivity in agriculture and rural sector, especially for the small scale agriculture value chain actors, effective and efficient technologies, processes,...

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Agricultural Advisory Services Critical to Nigeria’s Economic Growth… Dr Bukar Hassan

As the Permanent Secretary FMARD Commends NIFAAS and AFAAS The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Bukar Hassan, has remarked that agricultural advisory service provision is critical to national economic growth, especially in Nigeria, where economic recession is biting hard at the people in the grassroots. Dr. Hassan said this recently at his office during a courtesy visit paid him by executives of the Nigerian Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (NIFAAS) on 14th June 2017. It is noteworthy that NIFAAS was constituted by the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) in 2012 as its...

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NIFAAS Courtesy Call to the Permanent Secretary, FMARD Abuja

On Wednesday 14 June 2017, the Executive Committee of NIFAAS paid the new Permanent Secretary (PS), Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja, Dr Bukar Hassan. The delegation was led by the NIFAAS vice president (north), Professor Dele Tologbonse, who represented the president and country focal person, Professor Tunji Arokoyo. Other members of the delegation were Professor Ike Nwachukwu (vice president, south), Professor Bolaji Adeniji (secretary general), Professor Olusegun Apantaku (PRO), Dr. Margret Koyenikan (treasure), among others. Also present was Mrs Karima Babangida, Director of Women and Youth Empowerment, Federal Department of Agricultural Extension. It is noteworthy that...

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Research and Extension Critical to Boosting Maize Productivity in West Africa …Dr Badu Apraku

… As African Scientists Meet in IITA Nigeria to Strategise against the Challenges of Stresses on Maize in the West African Region A foremost maize breeder at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan, Dr Badu Apraku, has stated that research and extension are the twin critical tool for boosting maize productivity and farmers’ income in the West African subregion. He said this during his opening remarks at the annual review and planning meeting of the Stress-Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) Project, from 2nd to 5th May 2017 at IITA Ibadan. The meeting is the gathering of scientists,...

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Improved Maize Varieties for Economic Empowerment

  The Stress-Tolerant for Africa (STMA) project has released over 60 varieties of maize to combat the harsh climatic conditions brought about by climate change. And these are available nationwide. STMA is designed to develop, test, and deliver new maize varieties that can mitigate the combined effects of multiple stresses in farmers’ fields. The emphasis is on incorporating multiple stress-tolerant varieties and hybrids that have well defined product profiles and have abiotic characteristics (in the areas of drought, nitrogen-use efficiency and heat). More specifically, these are: Development and testing of varieties tolerant to drought, striga and low nitrogen Promotion...

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AFAAS Has Made Tremendous Progress… Mary Kamau, BOT Chairperson

Mrs Mary Kamau has observed that the continental body, AFAAS has made tremendous progress with regard to its mandate of implementing the Agric Extension and Advisory Services component of CAADP. She mentioned this while presiding over the various country reports at the 2017 Stakeholders Meeting of AFAAS in Kampala, Uganda, The Stakeholders meeting is a forum for review of 2016 achievements of country forums (CFs) as well as planning for 2017 activities. present at the meeting also financial officers of CF host institutions and Communication, Information and Knowledge Managers of each...

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3rd AFAAS/African-Wide Agric Extension Week, Durban 2017

ANNOUNCEMENT, CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS, AND REGISTRATION 2017 FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION – CLICK HERE >>> JOINT CONFERENCE: 3rd AFAAS AFRICA-WIDE AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION WEEK 51st ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION “SCALING UP CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE: INTEGRATING YOUTH, WOMEN, AND THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION” 30 October to 3 November 2017 (Arriving 29 October, departing morning of 4 November).   FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT, CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS, AND REGISTRATION “SCALING UP CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE: INTEGRATING YOUTH, WOMEN, AND THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION” Tsogo Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotels, 63 Snell Parade, Durban, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa   FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION – CLICK HERE >>>     ABOUT THE CONFERENCE AFAAS and SASAE together with DAFF will be holding a joint conference on the theme of “Scaling up climate smart agriculture (CSA): integrating youth, women, and the digital revolution”. The theme was selected in recognition of the fact that climate change is having grave impacts on resource-poor African farmers and increasingly contributing to food losses along the whole value chain. According to the World Bank Group, FAO and IFAD (2015), CSA is an approach that can help to guide actions needed to transform and reorient agricultural systems to effectively support development and ensure food security in a changing climate. Hence agricultural extension and advisory services (AEAS) should reorient and re-equip themselves to provide farmers and other actors in...

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NIFAAS Pushes for Increased Membership in the Southwest

The Nigerian Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (NIFAAS), recently held a sensitisation workshop at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, for non-members with a view to encouraging them to become members. The immediate past Dean, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), Professor Segun Apantaku, in a presentation titled, “Sensitisation of Non-Members and Benefits of NIFAAS”,  emphasised the aims of NIFAAS, saying that the Institute sought to standardise and professionalise agricultural advisory and extension services in Nigeria. According to him, the institute strives to “enhance capacity building and training of members, serve as knowledge platform and enhance communication patterns among...

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AFAAS Kicks Off the 2017 Stakeholders Meeting in Kampala

The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS), which is the parent body for NIFAAS, has kick-started its 2017 Stakeholders Meeting in Kampala, Uganda. The participants include country forum focal persons, host institution’s finance officers, and the communication, information and knowledge managers for each forum. The Stakeholders meeting, which was scheduled from 22 to 24 February 2017, is a forum for reviewing 2016 achievements of country forums (CFs) as well as planning for 2017...

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AFAAS Has Made Tremendous Progress… Mary Kamau, AFAAS BOT Chair

Mrs Mary Kamau has observed that the continental body, AFAAS has made tremendous progress with regard to its mandate of implementing the Agric Extension and Advisory Services component of CAADP. She mentioned this while presiding over the various country reports at the 2017 Stakeholders Meeting of AFAAS in Kampala, Uganda, The Stakeholders meeting is a forum for review of 2016 achievements of country forums (CFs) as well as planning for 2017 activities. present at the meeting also financial officers of CF host institutions and Communication, Information and Knowledge Managers of each...

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NAERLS Launches Renewed Efforts at Entrepreneurship Development

There is a saying that ‘technicians rule the world’. And indeed, no salary earner has ever been cited in the Wold Book of wealthy men and women. In today’s world of economic uncertainties, there is no issue that should be addressed as a matter of urgent national importance than that of skills acquisition, especially with regard to our teeming youths. There seems to be a failure of our education system in yielding the expected economic self-sustenance and sufficiency after years of training in the school environment. A skill is the ability to do something well, usually gained through training...

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