Author: cikm

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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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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