In response to the increasing demand for highly skilled personnel in organic agriculture in different sectors of the workforce in Nigeria, a two-day workshop was successfully organized by the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative (EOAI) Project at the Board Room of Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), Abuja, on April 24 and 25, 2019.

The Workshop was attended by 20 participants from 11 Organisations drawn from National Regulating bodies of HEIs, four HEIs, Association of Deans of Agriculture in Nigerian Universities (ADAN), ECOWAS Commission, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federation of Agric. Commodities Assoc. of Nigeria (FACAN) and Agric. Res. Council of Nigeria (ARCN). 

The Workshop demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt the need for the two key regulatory agencies (National Universities Commission (NUC) and National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) of agricultural programmes in Nigeria to support the development of Organic Agriculture training in appropriate Institutions. Furthermore, relevant HEIs in Nigeria were urged to urgently consider and address the skills gap of organic agriculture personnel by offering courses in Organic Agriculture. 

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To this effect, two courses were recommended for Universities offering agriculture as  follows:

 

  1. Essentials of Organic Agriculture at either 200 or 300 level
  2.  Organic Agriculture Practices (practical) at 400 level.

While for Institutions (Colleges of Agriculture and Polytechnics) awarding National Diplomas in agriculture  the following courses were recommended:

 

  1. Introduction to Organic Agriculture at ND 1
  2. Organic Agriculture Practices at ND 2

 

While wrapping up the Workshop, the stakeholders agreed to form a consortium that will handle issues on mainstreaming organic agriculture into the curricula of  HEIS in Nigeria and also assist in sourcing funds to drive the initiative.

 

Author information
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
www.funaab.edu.ng

 

In response to the increasing demand for highly skilled personnel in organic agriculture in different sectors of the workforce in Nigeria, a two-day workshop was successfully organized by the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative (EOAI) Project at the Board Room of Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), Abuja, on April 24 and 25, 2019.  

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The Faculty of Agriculture and Biology has the aim to offer the students a holistic and interdisciplinary knowledge in the area of organic agriculture and food production presented by the best specialists from different faculties of Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW and from abroad.

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The first call for contribution for the Organic World Congress 2020 is now open: https://owc.ifoam.bio/2020/conference-fora

 

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The Faculty of Agriculture and Biology has the aim to offer the students a holistic and interdisciplinary knowledge in the area of organic agriculture and food production presented by the best specialists from different faculties of Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW and from abroad.


OAFPMission of the Study
The Faculty of Agriculture and Biology has the aim to offer the students a holistic and interdisciplinary knowledge in the area of organic agriculture and food production presented by the best specialists from different faculties of Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW and from abroad.

Aim of the Study
The BSc studies OAFP are constructed according to the expectations of the potential employers within the organic food production. The focus is on the innovative teaching methods activating students and preparing them to the future employment. The studies will offer good possibilities to develop necessary skills and knowledge in desired specialties. The alumni of OAFP can find jobs in the organic food production, processing, trade, also in different companies connected with education, dissemination and advisory services.

Requirements
Qualification based on:

the results of the maturity examination in biology or chemistry or mathematics;confirmed knowledge of English (certificate of English language at least level B2 or maturity exam in English language at an Advanced level with result at least 70%, or a document confirming completion of the high school with program in English as language of instruction).

Duration: six semesters; start: 1st October 2019.

For candidates: http://www.sggw.pl/en/for-candidates/recruitment/1st-degree-studies 

Application deadline: 6 th July 2019

For more information please visit: http://www.sggw.pl/en/news/for-candidates_/bsc-in-organic-agriculture-and-food-production 

For candidates: http://www.sggw.pl/en/for-candidates/recruitment/1st-degree-studies 

 


Author information

Prof. Ewa Rembiałkowska
Chair of Organic Food
Faculty of Human Nutrition and Consumer Sciences WULS
02-776 Warszawa, Nowoursynowska street 159 c
phone: 00 48 22 59 37 0 38
fax: 00 48 22 59 37 0 36
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www.sggw.pl

The first call for contribution for the Organic World Congress 2020 is now open: https://owc.ifoam.bio/2020/conference-fora

 

ISOFAR OWC2020

 

The plenary sessions of the Organic World Congress (OWC) 2020 will be accompanied by six individual conference forums.

Each forum has its own objectives and criteria, and below you will find more information on the individual forums. All forums will run from 23 - 25 September, 2020.

To contribute in one or more of the above-mentioned forums, participants will need to submit online a contribution via the dedicated platforms provided for each forum. The application period for the submissions of contributions will run from 15 April to 30 September 2019.

You are also invited to apply to host a Workshop (90 min. slot during the conference - with a fee for organisers) or for a Pre-Conference (1 or 2 days before the conference). Congress organizers will select the most promising proposals that best fit with the congress objectives.

Science Forum

From its roots, organic inspires science, and vice-versa.

The scientific roots of organic systems are anchored in the four principals of IFOAM – Organics International: ecology, health, fairness, and care. Scientific skills are needed for the continuous improvement of organic food, systems, and culture.

This Call for Papers invites researchers to share their work in the following five themes, with a special focus on interdisciplinary research:

Theme 1: Ecological approaches to Systems’ Health

Theme 2: Product and Process Quality in Organic Agriculture: Methods and Challenges

Theme 3: Transitioning Towards Organic and Sustainable Food Systems

Theme 4: Innovation in Organic Farming: “Thinking Outside of the Box”

Theme 5: Political and Economical Frameworks as Drivers for a Vibrant Development of the Organic Sector

 

Submission Process

  • You can submit your paper until 30 September 2019, 23:59 CET
  • All contributions must be submitted via the online platform.
  • You can apply for an oral presentation or for a poster presentation.
  • Papers must be submitted in English.
  • Papers will be selected by the science board members after a scientific review.
  • The notification of acceptance will be sent in February 2020.
  • Selected papers (oral and poster) will be published in the Science Forum Proceedings.
  • For a limited number of papers, which have been judged excellent, authors will be invited, if they agree, to submit a full article for publication in a peer-reviewed journal (special edition of Organic Agriculture).

Criteria for the Selection of Papers:

  • Does the research address organic farming?
  • Does the paper fulfil scientific standards?
  • Does the paper address one of the call themes?
  • The science board will ensure that selected papers represent all together a diversity in terms of regions, gender, ages and topics.

Science Board

  • Prof Dr Gerold Rahmann (ISOFAR, Thuenen-Institute, Germany),
  • Dr Daniel Neuhoff (ISOFAR, University of Bonn, Germany),
  • Prof Dr M.Reza Ardakani (ISOFAR, Azad University, Iran),
  • Dr Jessica Shade (ISOFAR,The Organic Center, USA),
  • Prof Dr Ewa Rembiałkowska (ISOFAR, WULS, Poland)
  • Dr Khalid Azim (ISOFAR, INRA-Agadir, Morocco)
  • Dr Marc Tchamitchian (INRA, France),
  • Dr Véronique Chable (INRA, France)
  • Dr Felix Heckendorn (FiBL, Switzerland / France),
  • Dr Paola Migliorini (Agroecology Europe, Italy),
  • Dr Bram Moeskops (TP Organics, Belgium),
  • Mr Frédéric Rey (ITAB / OWC2020 coordinator, France)

https://owc.ifoam.bio/2020/conference-fora

https://owc.ifoam.bio/2020/conference-fora#science-forum