Points of view: Agricultural science – a promising future?

15 05 2009

With perennially poor funding from national governments, agricultural science is rarely seen as the career of choice for school or college leavers in Africa. However, a recent gathering of students, lecturers and researchers at the IITA agricultural research institute in Ibadan, Nigeria was an opportunity for some of West Africa’s brightest and best young minds to declare their commitment, and offer their recommendations for meeting the continent’s worsening crises of food insecurity and environmental degradation.

Also present at the International Association of Research Scholars and Fellows (IARSAF) first international conference, was a team of West African journalists attending a ‘Better Science Reporting’ workshop. On behalf of New Agriculturist, the team gathered opinions from the conference participants, and from their host, IITA director general, Peter Hartmann on the prospects for agricultural science in Africa.

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*Thanks to Sheila Ommeh for finding this story!

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