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Welcome to Niward

NiWARD was created to give Nigerian scientists and agricultural researchers who have been chosen as African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Fellows a much needed platform to transfer the knowledge and skills gained through the Program to rural farming communities in Nigeria.


Hosted by CENTRE FOR GENDER ISSUES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Federal University of Technology, Akure Ondo State, Nigeria Phone: +234 08076766673 E-mail: Website:


“Challenging New Frontiers in National Agricultural Transformation: Regional Enlightenment”

Monday – Wednesday, July 11-13, 2016
Arrival – Sunday, July 10, 2016

 The aspects that will be addressed in the various sub-themes include:

  1. Nutrition and Food Security
  2. Entrepreneurship and Wealth Creation
  3. Environmental Concerns in Agriculture
  4. Value addition in Agriculture for Sustainable Development
  5. Rural Health and Nutrition

All NiWARD Fellows, Mentors and Mentees are cordially invited to participate in this conference/exhibition that will bring together scientists, farmers, policy makers, traditional rulers, food industries and other stakeholders. It is being hosted by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka AWARD fellows and Mentors, and we specially invite you to the opening ceremony scheduled to hold on Monday July 11, 2016 at the Princess Alexandria Auditorium, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The exhibitions and paper presentations will continue on the Tuesday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

Participants are required to submit a maximum of between 300-400 word abstract of their prospective exhibition and or paper to on or before June 20, 2016. Accepted papers/ Exhibits will be published in a conference proceeding after due corrections by the presenters.

There are funding constraints and unfortunately we are unable to cover transportation and accommodation costs for the participants.

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NiWARD is filling the gaps in the Nigerian rural agricultural sector by fostering peer to peer knowledge transfer, and ensuring the implementation of targeted empowerment policies. NiWARD has over Nigerian AWARD Fellows, Mentors and Mentees participating in the Program from the 6 regions of Nigeria.
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NiWARD aims to build partnerships with government agencies and bodies, academic  institutions, non-governmental organizations, faith-based groups, and the private sector. Our  Fellows have years of experiences, diverse specialized skills, and have solid relationships with  different stakeholders in the Nigerian agricultural sector that can be leveraged for sustainable  economic development.
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