Bayero University , Nigeria
Conference in session
Prof. Jesse T. Njoka of African Dryland Institute for Sustainability (ADIS) and Dr. Oscar Koech, of the University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) attended the 2nd International conference on drylands organized by the Centre for Dryland Agriculture (CDA) in Bayero University, Nigeria, Kano (BUK).The conference took place between 12th and 16th December , 2016.
The theme of this year conference was, “Agricultural diversification – Panacea to Food Insecurity in Drylands”.The conference served as one of the outreach activities of CDA that provides a platform for researchers and other stakeholders working in the drylands to showcase their research output, share experiences and form networks with peers working the same thematic area. Diversification and innovation were noted as critical components that are required to address the multitude of problems in the drylands related to constraints on i) sustainable intensification of farming systems ,ii) sustainable management of natural resources in a changing climate ii) accessibility and efficiency of markets and policy constraints.
CDA is one of the foremost Africa Centres of excellence funded by the World Bank and the Association of African Universities (AAU).
The Conference offers an opportunity time to renew contracts and discuss agricultural developments in drylands across different parts of the world.
The CDA supports postgraduate programmes in Agricultural Economics and Extension; Agronomy; Animal Science, and Geography within Bayero University. Graduates are specialized in Livelihoods and Natural Resource Economics, Crops and Cropping Systems in Drylands, Range and Livestock Management in Drylands, and Natural Resources Management and Climate Change. Postgraduate Diploma in Dryland Agriculture also offered by CDA.
There exists MoU between UoN and CDA, BUK targeting the following areas of collaboration; post graduate training, co-teaching, collaborative research, funds mobilization and staff and students training exchange. After the workshop UoN and CDA held a discussion and agreed to strengthen the collaboration and develop more vibrant activities between the two institutions. It was applauded that UoN has contributed to CDA staff development through exchange programme of two PhD students due for degree completion.
Dr. Koech and Prof. Njoka presented two papers during the conference.