Author: cikm

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...

Read More

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,...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

NIFAAS Will Drive the Needed Change in Nigerian Agricultural Service… Former Director of GFRAS

The former Director of GFRAS, Ms Christine, who led a team of Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity to Ahmadu Bello University, has said during an interactive session with extension professionals from both the public and private sectors, that NIFAAS is positioned to drive the needed change in the Nigerian agricultural extension system. She said that no other extension body has the capacity to bring together both public and private extension service providers, as well as farmers groups and other stakeholders as NIFAAS. She stated it while fielding questions from participants on how best to move the nation’s...

Read More

NIFAAS holds VSNP Workshop for the Southwest Zone

NIFAAS is holding its Workshop on the Use of AFAAS VSNP for Agricultural Advisory Services for Southwest Zone on Thursday 26 January 2017. The workshop is to be held at the Professor JA Okojie Electronic Postgraduate Room, Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ibadan at 10am prompt. The Workshop is generously supported by the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) and in partnership with the Department of Agricultural Extension and that of Forestry Resources Management, University of...

Read More

Workshop on the Use of AFAAS Virtual Social Network Platform (VSNP) for Advisory Services

Workshop on the Use of AFAAS Virtual Social Network Platform (VSNP) for Advisory Services Date: January 2017 [A CALL TO ALL NIFAAS MEMBERS TO REGISTER] The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) is a continental platform for mutual learning and innovation among agricultural extension and advisory services providers across Africa. AFAAS, alongside GFRAS, is the parent organization of NIFAAS. As part of its strategies for fostering inter-regional experiential sharing of information and collaboration, as well as building real-time online advisory services platform, AFAAS has developed a Virtual Social Networking Platform (VSNP) using its web-link http://networking.afaas-africa.org/. Users are encouraged...

Read More

NIFAAS Is Strategic in Achieving Extension Aspiration for Nigeria– Permanent Secretary FMARD

Dr. Shehu Ahmed, the Perm. Sec. FMARD & Chairman, NIFAAS  Board of Trustees, has stated that NIFAAS is strategic in fulfilling the aspirations of Nigeria with regard to its agricultural extension agenda. The Permanent Secretary said this while he was receiving a delegation NIFAAS Executive Committee in his office, Abuja, on Wednesday 30 November 2016. He immediately hinted that NIFAAS would be fully mainstreamed into the Ministry’s budget system in the coming years. The committee also presented to the BoT chair his Membership Certificate and NIFAAS Registration...

Read More

NIFAAS Excos Meet with BOT Chairman

The Executive Committee of NIFAAS, on Wednesday 30 November 2016, met with the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development at Abuja. This was part of its Executive Committee meeting which took place at the premises of the Ministry. Highlights included Presentation of Membership Certificate and NIFAAS Registration Certificate to Dr. Shehu Ahmed, Perm. Sec. FMARD, & Chairman, NIFAAS  Board of Trustees  (BoT).  ...

Read More