Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Faculty Of Agriculture Staff & Students Train In IITA

Twenty-two (22) members of staff and students of the Faculty of Agriculture, comprising five (5) staff of the Faculty SIWES Committee and eight (8) Internship Students; Three (3) staff members of the Department of Family, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences (FNC) and 6 students of the Department attended an intensive Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) training workshop on the processing of Biofortified Vitamin A Cassava into different products in the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan (see Pictures below).

This is as a result of the renewed collaboration between IITA and the University through the Faculty of Agriculture. The workshop was organized by HarvestPlus Programme, which is coordinated by both the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and a part of the CGIAR (the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research) Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) thathelps realize the potential of agricultural development to deliver gender-equitable health and nutritional benefits to the poor.

Staff and students of the Department of FNC and the Internship students in the Faculty have since been empowered to process Biofortified Vitamin A Cassava Flour into snacks, bread, gari and fufu which are now available at the HarvestPlus Shop donated to the Faculty by Mr. Pelumi Aribisala (An Alumnus of the University and a successful agribusiness entrepreneur). This is capable of providing huge opportunities for many people to enhance their potentials to generate income, employ others, and partner as entrepreneurs/Agribusiness Managers through the Vitamin A Cassava value chain.

The Internship team were led by 5 staff members: Dr. (Mrs) O. A. Yesufu (Chairperson, Faculty SIWES Programme), Dr. A. F. Agboola, Dr. (Mrs) B. O. Oyebanji, Dr. (Mrs) K. O. Bakare and Mr. O. Toromade; while the FNC team were led by 3 staff members: Mr. E. O. Fadeiye, Mrs. V. Fajolu and Mr. Omikunle.
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