Nigeria – population and agriculture
Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, with 170 million people. Agriculture provides employment for 70% of the population, and contributes by 32% to the gross domestic product (GDP). The total area comprises 91 million ha land area out of which 82 mill. is arable, but only 42 mill. is cultivated. In 2007, Nigeria had 3,154 ha certified organic land and no data on producers. By 2014, certified organic land had increased to 9,521 ha with 597 producers.

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Map of Nigeria showing the neighbouring countries

11th NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ORGANIC AGRICULTURE ORGANISED BY ORGANIC AGRICULTURE PROJECT IN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS IN NIGERIA (OAPTIN)

Background

The 11th National Conference on Organic Agriculture with the theme "Promoting Organic Agriculture for Nigeria's Socio-Economic Development and Environmental Health" was successfully held during November 23-26, 2015 at the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, Niger State, Nigeria. 23 full members and 9 students participated in the Conference. A courtesy visit was paid to the Vice Chancellor (Prof. M. Akanji) in his office by the National Officers of OAPTIN before the opening ceremony.

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Courtesy visit of the National Officers of Organic Agriculture Project in Tertiary.Institutions in Nigeria
(OAPTIN) to the
Vice Chancellor (Prof. M.A. Akanji) of FUT, Minna.

The key note address was delivered by Prof. G.O. Adeoye, the former President of the Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria (NOAN). The highpoint of the opening ceremony was the launching of Volume 3 of the Journal of Organic Agriculture and Environment (JOAEN), published by OAPTIN.

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Prof. M. Akanji (VC of FUT, Minna) launching Volume 3 of Journal of Organic Agriculture and Environment
(JOAEN)
published by OAPTIN.

https://www.futminna.edu.ng/index.php/news/item/328-don-charges-government-on-organic-agriculture-development 

Scientific track
ISOFAR board member, Prof. Dr. Victor Olowe gave one of two key presentations of the scientific track, entiteled "Enhancing the productivity of organic agriculture in Nigeria: Role of Research". Prof. Isaac Aiyelaagbe gave the other keynote, entiteled "Promoting organic agriculture for Nigeria's socio-economic development and environmental health: Role of Capacity Building". Further, 40 scientific papers were delivered on agronomy, horticulture and plant health by scientists and students.

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Prof. Suleiman Sadiku, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) in white dress and some participants
after a plenary session.
 

MANY NEW MEMBERS FOR ISOFAR

At every local, national and international event in Nigeria during 2015, a brief presentation of ISOFAR activities was made. This work has been fruitful indeed: 66 new individual members and 8 students joined ISOFAR, from Nigeria as well as other African countries.

ORGANISATION OF STAKEHOLDERS FORUM
The national umbrella body for organic agriculture in Nigeria, NOAN held four stakeholders' events during 2015. Locations were Lagos on August 12, 5 

Participants at stakeholders forum held at Lagos State Agriculrural Development Authority headquater
on Oct. 21, 2015.

Abuja on October 12,

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Participants at the Stakeholders forum held in Abuja on Oct. 12, 2015.

University of Ibadan, Ibadan on November 11, and Oyo Agricultural development program office at Ibadan on December 14.

All events were well attended by management staff of agricultural development programs, industry and business leaders, scientists and more. The annual General Meeting of NOAN was held on November 19, and eight national officers were elected for the next two years (2016 -2017), with an excellent gender balance- four male and four female. Prof. Victor Olowe was elected as the new NOAN President. The stakeholders' forum provided updates on curriculum developed on Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) at different levels, to mainstream EOA into the curricula of major higher educational institutions in the continent. Based on 10 institutions reviewed in Nigeria, it has been concluded that:

  1. EOA is indirectly included in the curricula of most higher educational institutions, but no institution offers a full course in EOA
  2. The institutions are generally stronger in crop topics than animal topics, and at graduate level, EOA related courses in animal science are much fewer than crop based courses
  3. There is a need to increase the awareness about EOA at the institutions
  4. Specialized universities of agriculture are better suited to marshal EOA into the current curriculas.
  5. Lack of qualified and trained faculty members in organic agriculture is hindering the adoption of courses and programs on this topic in in the curricula of the institutions.

www.noanigeria.net 
www.eoa-africa.org 
www.orgfarmob.org 

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Participants at the NOAN stakeholders’ forum at University of Ibadan, Ibadan on November 12, 2015

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Participants at the NOAN s takeholders’ forum at Oyo State Agricultural Development Program
headquarter at Ibadan on December 14, 2015

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Some of the new National Officers of the Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria
(NOAN) for 2016 – 2018. In the middle, Prof. Victor Olowe, board member of ISOFAR and President of NOAN.


Author
Prof. Dr. Victor I. Olowe
Agronomist
Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), P.M.B. 2240, Abeokuta, Nigeria This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +234 803 3928 111
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