Dr. Kanayo Nwanze fomer IFAD President has been billed to address as Keynote Speaker, AGROBUSINESS TIMES one day conference and expo tagged : International Conference and Expo on Research and Innovations in Agriculture (ICERIA 2019).
The event being supported by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the National Biotechnology Management Agency (NBMA), is scheduled to take place at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victory Island, Lagos, on October 24, 2019.
In a statement the Editor of AGROBUSINESS TIMES, Jim Rex-Lawson Moses, said that
the conference, themed : ‘’Harnessing Sustainable Agricultural Innovations for Economic Development,” is intended to attract government attention towards funding of research institutes in Nigeria and the commercialization of sustainable research outcomes and innovations to advance the nation’s economy.
Jim Lawson stated further that the event was necessitated by the need to position the agric industry to change the present narrative of hunger, famine, starvation and poverty largely suffered in sub-Saharan Africa despite the huge opportunities for export, job creation and wealth creation.
“We believe that for us to change the current narrative, all hands must be on deck to make agriculture a major foreign exchange earner considering the huge opportunities,” he said.
It was learned that seasoned stakeholders the like of Dr. Rose Gidado, Country Coordinator, Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, D.G/CEO, National Biotechnology Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Kenton Dashiell, Deputy Director-General, Partnerships for Delivery (IITA), Mr. Seye Oyeleye, DG., Development Agenda of Western Nigeria( DAWN Commission), Dr. Rogers Joshua Tanko, Lead Scientist, Feeds and Nutrition Research Programme, National Animal Production Research Programme, are among discussants.