The director of the Center for Dryland Agriculture (CDA), the University of Baero, Kano (BUK), Professor Jibrin Jibrin on Wednesday in Cano, condemned what he described as a serious shortage of qualified personnel in sub-Saharan Africa, saying that he continues to impede development agricultural technologies in the region.
Professor Jibrin stated this to BUK, briefing reporters on the events for the third International Conference on Dry Lands, which will be organized by the CDA from 24 to 27 September 2018 in BUK.
He said the biennial international conference on drylands is one of the CDA programs that provides a platform for disseminating research results, networking and sharing experiences between scientists, practitioners and other stakeholders.
He said that the theme of the Conference: "Resource constraints, conflicts and climate change in drylands: options for implementing the EMG" remains relevant ", since the achievement of the United Nations sustainable development goals (SRSs) in the drylands requires concerted efforts to eliminate the myriad problems related to climate change, high population pressure and unsustainable land use practices. "
"These are highlighted problems that lead to further land degradation, low agricultural productivity, food and nutrition shortages, severe poverty, conflicts and civil unrest."
Jubrin added that some of the issues that will be discussed at the Conference include crop yield and animal improvement for adaptation to climate change; Integration of crops and livestock to improve income and food security; integrated management of soil fertility in a changing environment; land and pasture development: the future of livestock in sub-Saharan Africa; ecosystem, water use and conflicts; application of decision support systems in the management of dryland resources; Millennium and agro-industry for sustainable economic growth; and financing of agriculture and policies for sustainable development.
He further stated that "this year the conference will bring together scientists, farmers, policy makers, civil society organizations and the private sector from around the world to explore how the EMG will be implemented in arid regions in a resource-constrained environment, climate change and emerging conflicts ".
"The conference will consider how public policy, research and development programs will contribute to ensuring food security and achieving EMG. There will also be about 70 presentations on paper, a special session on the project "Agronomy of corn on the scale of Africa" (TAMASA) ".
Among those who are to speak at the Conference are Dr. Peter Kraufurd, Head of the Strategic Research Group on Sustainable Intensification in Africa at the International Corn and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT); Bernard Vanlauwe, ITA, Kenya; Mr. Safeyan Koroma, FAO Representative in Nigeria; Raffaello Cervini, a leading environmental economist, with the World Bank's Global Environment and Natural Resources Practice.