Author: cikm

NIFAAS attends the 4th Africa Wide Extension Week in Abidjan

The 4th AEW was organised in partnership with the West and Central Africa Network of Agricultural and Rural Advisory Services (RESCAR-AOC), the National Agency for Rural Development (ANADER) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Cote d’Ivoire under the theme “Private Sector and Agricultural Advisory Services: What Synergies for Sustainable Agricultural Development in Africa” from 25th to 29th November 2019 in Abidjan. The event was held back to back with the 5th International Fair of Agriculture and Animal Resources of Abidjan. The AFAAS Africa Wide Agricultural Extension Week (AEW) is an international event that brings together thousands...

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Promoting Value Chain Development in Nigeria

A member of NIFAAS recently participated as  a resource person in capacity development of value chain actors in Ogun State, Nigeria. The workshop was on “Promoting Participatory Development, Communities taking Ownership of Development Interventions: the VCDP Approach” which was held at DLK Events Centre, Abeokuta from 20-22 November 2019. The training was sponsored by IFAD and carried out by...

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Umudike 2019 AGM

This is to Invite all to the 2019 AGM coming up at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State on 6-8 November 2019. There shall be several side-events at the meeting....

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2018: Reviewing NIFAAS Capacity Building Activities

2018 for NIFAAS can best be described as the year of capacity building; a year of general learning and network facilitation. Training of Trainers Workshop for NIFAAS Gender Working Group, 25th January 2018 at the Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) Training Hall, along Ilorin-Jebba Road, Kwara State. A total of twenty-eight (28) registered members of NIFAAS-GWG (comprising 8 men and 20 women) and three (3) unregistered participants were in attendance.   Capacity Building on Youth Entrepreneurship and Mentorship for the NIFAAS Youth Working Group in Nigeria, 26 January 2018. The training workshop was on Youth Entrepreneurship and Mentorship, 26 January...

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ANNOUNCING THE NIFAAS BOOK PROJECT

NIFAAS is in the process of publishing a book on Extension Methods. Below are suggested topics which are not exhaustive. Please if you have other topics which are not included here, please let me know. Interested members are invited to write on any of the chapters. Procedure is, pick a chapter of your choice and inform the editor, through his WhatsApp no- 08035485064. Editor will in turn inform you on whether to go ahead. Depending on the responses, authors may be merged. It is strictly, first come, first served. Thanks. Prof. Ike Nwachukwu   EXTENSION METHODS Extension services Extension...

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SUCCESS STORIES IN AGRIC ADVISORY SERVICES: A call for entries

NIFAAS is in the process of compiling and publishing success stories in our extension and advisory services. Members are invited to submit such stories for publication. There are many innovations or technologies (used here loosely to mean any new, simple ideas that people are using that have brought immense benefits to users). It could also be methods of analyzing data, measuring variables, indigenous methods of measuring production levels, controlling pests and diseases, etc. What is a success story? It is an idea, innovation, technology, process, or indigenous knowledge that has been introduced to farmers and they are successfully using...

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4th NIFAAS AGM: Abuja 2018

The 4th NIFAAS Annual General Meeting comes up on the 22-23 November 2018 at FADAMA House, Wuse 2, Abuja by 10 am. It is important that NIFAAS members (and intending members) who want to participate fill out the FORM in the Link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSffLUbkSNqWQrY8k_e0Rnfpi16GXnO_XVo8e4XbIB0L3e2oww/viewform?usp=sf_link...

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West Africa to Witness More Increases in Maize OPVs & Hybrids…. Badu-Apraku

As the Stress-Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) Project holds its West African Regional Planning and Review Meeting in IITA, Ibadan Dr. Badu-Apraku,  a maize breeder and researcher at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, has said very emphatically that West Africa is set to witness more increases in maize OPVs (open-pollinated varieties) and hybrids, towards boosting agricultural productivity the subregion. This he said at the opening ceremony of the West African Regional Planning and Review meeting of the Stress-Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) in IITA from 1st to 6th May 2018.   The meeting, which is the...

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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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