Author: Prof. Dr. Victor Idowu Olowe
Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR)
Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, NigeriaNigeriaVictor1A

Courtesy visit by OAPTIN national officers to the Vice Chancellor (Prof. A.S. Gbadegesin - third from left).
Prof. Victor Olowe, second from left. Dr. Florence Olowokere, National Coordinating Scientist of OAPTIN, to the right
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Organic transformation

The 10th National Conference on Organic Agriculture in Nigeria, tagged “LAUTECH 2014”, had the headline “Organic Agriculture Research: A Catalyst for Sustainable National Agricultural Transformation Agenda”. The conference was successfully held on Monday 17 – Thursday 20 November, 2014 at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria. It was attended by over 80 participants including 33 graduate students.

Since the maiden edition was held in 2005 at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, with the headline “Organic Agriculture for Sustainable Food Security”, the conference has been arranged annually. The conference is usually organized by Organic Agriculture Project in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria (OAPTIN), which is a university based NGO with a national secretariat at the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta. The vision of the project is “good food, safe food and plenty to eat at all time” and it is focused on capacity building of stakeholders in organic agriculture, strategic research that is demand driven, advocacy to increase support for the movement, building partnerships with local, national and international organizations, and disseminating research findings to the end users.

During 2008/09, OAPTIN successfully trained 23 agriculture graduates under the Work Earn and Learn Project (WELP). During 2010, 2012 and 2014, OAPTIN mounted three intensive International Summer School Programmes in organic agriculture. Further, OAPTIN has arranged ten National Conferences, and two international workshops on curriculum development for undergraduate and postgraduates studies in West Africa. These workshop were arranged under the auspices of an initiative domicile in FUNAAB called West African Network on Organic Agriculture Research and Training (WANOART), and sponsored by the European Union. OAPTIN recently concluded an EU sponsored collaborative project involving six Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) namely University of Cape Coast, Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi Ghana, Njala University, Sierra Leone, Universite d’Abomey-Calavi, Republique du Benin, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria and Coventry University, UK. The project aimed at increasing the level of expertise in all aspects of Organic Agriculture in the West African sub-region (2010 -2012). OAPTIN actively collaborates with Coventry University in UK, British Council, Department for Business Innovations & Skills and the European Union. OAPTIN is also a registered corporate member of the Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria (NOAN), the national movement on organic agriculture in Nigeria.

The high points of the 10th National Conference included the courtesy visit of the National Officers of OAPTIN to the Vice Chancellor (Prof. A.S. Gbadegesin) of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) before the opening ceremony (Pictures 1a & b), presentation of the maiden edition of the Journal of Organic Agriculture and Environment (JOAEN) and the Book of Proceedings of the 9th National Conference on Organic Agriculture to the chief host (Pic. 2), a brief presentation on ISOFAR to sensitive the participants on the benefits they can derive from being members of the Society, and National Curriculum Review Workshop on Ecological Organic Agriculture Workshop held on 19th November, 2014 (Pic. 3). The workshop reviewed the current curricula and training materials of relevant training Institutions in Nigeria with the stakeholders (practitioners, institutions and policy makers). The 11th National Conference is going to be hosted by the Federal University of Technology, Minna in Niger State, Nigeria in November, 2015. About 50 participants expressed interest in becoming ISOFAR members.

 

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Courtesy visit by OAPTIN national officers to the
Vice Chancellor (Prof. A.S. Gbadegesin – in the front) of LAUTECH
before the Conference opening ceremony on 17th Nov. 2014

 

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Presentation of the maiden edition of the Journal  of Organic Agriculture and 
Environment (JOAEN)  and the Book of Proceedings of the 9th National 
Conference on Organic Agriculture to the chief host, Prof. A.S. Gbadegesin, 
by Victor Olowe.  


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OAPTIN participants at the Curriculum review workshop
(Prof. Victor Olowe (fourth from right) and the
Key Resource person Prof. V.A. Togun from LAUTECH (centre)

 

Article published 3th of February 2015