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A new approach to diversification

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Agriculture intervention

Agriculture intervention

James .O. Apochi, PhD.

Has been confirmed as the National Project Coordinator of WAAPP-Nigeria. The Management and Staff of the Project and ARCN congratulate Dr. James Ocheme Apochi on his appointment..


At Le Palais De Congress (National Conference Centre), Niamey, Federal Republic of Niger. Agricultural experts were gathered from across the length and breadth of West and Central Africa for the commencement of the 4th Agricultural Science Week for the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF / WECARD) 

and the 11th General Assembly of the august regional body charged with the mandate of ensuring sustainable improvement to the Competitiveness, Productivity and Markets of the Agricultural system in West and Central Africa.

With a central theme, “Innovation in Agro-Sylvo-Pastoral Systems to Feed West and Central Africa”, the opening session of the one week Agricultural science forum (16th to 20th June 2014) received very high patronage by the President (and the people of Niger Republic), H. E. Mahamadou Issoufou who was represented at the event by the Minister of Agriculture, Monsieur Abdou Labo.

In his speech, the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou said that the theme of the science week and the decision by CORAF / WECARD to hold it in Niger was most appropriate. In the last two decades, he noted, the adverse impact of drought on the agro-sylvo pastoral system particularly in the sahelian region of Niger, Tcha, Burkina Faso and the extreme zones of Northern Nigeria were severe and life-threatening to both human and animals as it lead to serious food and nutritious crises in the region. For instance, he said, in 2009 the irregular rainfall pattern adversely affected over 10 million people in the region while the excess flood recorded in the years 2010 and 2012 in the same region lead to great flood that equally affected the life pattern of men and animals in the region. He thus charged researchers and other stakeholders to find solutions to the difficulties as occasioned by the deficit in the agro-sylvo system of the region.

In his welcome address, the Governor of the region of Niamey, Monsieur Hamidou Garba Mamadou said the Science week was not being hosted for the purpose of some local political gains but to plot out how to ensure that Nigeriene and others in the region would become capable of feeding themselves. He therefore called on researchers to derive means of decoding the messages of the farmers properly as well as passing the appropriate messages to them.

On his part, the President of the of the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF / WECARD), organisers of the week, Dr. Ibet Outhman Issa recalled that when the forum met in N’Djamena (in Chad) some two years back for the 3rd Science Week, the participants chose to reflect on the crucial question of climatic change but that today, he is happy with the significant outcome resulting from the various researches carried in various member countries. These results, he added are still counting. He also said that he was delighted that the agricultural communities in the region are happy and particularly proud of the outcome of Niger Republic’s agricultural programme with its emphasis on the 3N of “Agriculture for Security, Food and Nourishment”.

While delivering a keynote address at the event, the Senegalese Minister for Agriculture and Rural Equipment, Dr. Papa Abdoulaye Seck, called for a rural self-sufficiency system that would enable food self-sufficiency, security and dignity for the region. He wondered why Africa is the only continent that cannot produce all its food needs. An Independent Africa, he posited is “Africa that can feed itself”. He also noted that in most African countries, researchers are not given a pride of place. Through research, he noted, Egypt was able to record the highest global tonnage in rice production, per hectare, 13-14 tons per ha. This he reckoned was achieved in spite of the low agro-stlvo system of the area. He also said that it was time Africa started looking at how to turn its environment to a win-win situation and called on researchers to give less attention to workshops and pay more attention to concrete actions.

Trophies were awarded in recognition of contributions to the cause of CORAF /WECARD in the region. Recipients include the President of Niger, Mahamadou Isoufou; Dr. Papa Abdoulaye Seck, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment, Senegal; Dr. Ibet Uthman Issah, Chairman Governing Board of CORAF and Dr. Adama Traore, Director of Africa Rice, among others.

The Nigerian delegation was led the WAAPP-Nigeria National Project Coordinator, Prof. Damian O. Chikwendu. On the delegation were some Executive Directors of some National Centres of Excellence (NCoS) of WAAPP. and some senior Directors of the Agricultural Research Institute of Nigeria and WAAPP, among others.




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