Hepzibah Onyeje Obekpa, University of Agriculture Makurdi and NAPP Scholar (2019) On January 11 2019, I walked through the Michigan State University (MSU) Library section on Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics. The library is well resourced; it is spacious, has functional internet access, adequate human resources (everyone appears very enthusiastic about their roles), an obvious wide array of literature – print and electronic, and commendable use of technology. The library has its ambience and a café for refreshment for students who get hungry while studying. The first stop was an introductory class in the computer room on how to access materials in the library. Each scholar has a Unique ID – Net ID and password. This introductory class is compulsory
Philip Hegerty James, University of Agriculture & NAPP Scholar at MSU (Fall 2018) Floodplain agriculture is critical to survival and economic development in the rural areas of Sahel West Africa.Source: commons.wikimedia.org Agriculture in dry land areas is vulnerable to failure, this is due to erratic rainfall and desert encroachment, hence the use of Fadama (Low-lying seasonally flooded areas or floodplains) lands to compliment upland farming becomes vital. This is important, particularly where irrigation facilities are minimal or non-existent as found in Sahel West Africa.
Onyinye Choko, University of Port Harcourt & NAPP Scholar at MSU (Fall 2018) The Science of Bee-keeping is known as Apiculture. It involves the maintenance of bee colonies in manmade hives. Keeping bees has potential benefits for man and the environment. As a result of their pollination service, they are essential to all human for food production and sustenance of plants.
Wellington Osawe, University of Ibadan & NAPP Scholar at MSU 2018 Agriculture has always been the mainstay of economies in Africa. The same is true of Nigeria. However, through the discovery of crude oil in the late 1960s, the contribution of the agricultural sector to Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP) nosedived from 67% in 1960 to 23.4% in 2008 (Falola and Haton, 2008, Yakub, 2008). These figures have been fluctuating over the years and currently, the estimated figure is about 21% as at 2017 (CBN, 2017). Arguably, it may be very difficult for Nigeria to achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth without developing the agricultural sector. This is largely because almost 40% of the country’s population (as of 2015) was
Blessing Agada, University of Agriculture Makurdi and NAPP Scholar at MSU 2018 Data may be information in raw or unorganized form (such as alphabets, numbers, or symbols) that refer to, or represent, conditions, ideas, or objects. It could also be values of quantitative or qualitative variables that are measured/collected, reported and analysed for use. http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/data.html While the concept of data is commonly associated with scientific research, data is collected by a huge range of organizations and institutions, including businesses (e.g., sales data, revenue, profits,), governments (e.g. unemployment, literacy rates) and non-governmental organizations (e.g., censuses of the number of farmers by non-profit organizations). . Data as a general concept refers to the fact that some existing information or knowledge is represented or coded in some form suitable for
Philip Ijirbee Agber, Department of Soil Science, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria, MSU: A True Reflection of Academic Center of Excellence, Highlight 23, Feed the Future IL for Food Security Policy, Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, Visiting Scholars Program, June 2018
Wellington Osawe, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, The Gulf between African and American Graduate Programs, Highlight 22, Feed the Future IL for Food Security Policy, Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, Visiting Scholars Program, June 2018
Anthonia Ifeyinwa Achike, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, The Project Scholars Program: What I Take back to my Institution, Highlight 21, Feed the Future IL for Food Security Policy, Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, Visiting Scholars Program, June 2018