2018 AGM Programme

2018 AGM Programme


Theme:Restoring Agriculture and Trade through Partnerships

All NiWARD Fellows, Mentors and Mentees as well as other actors in the agricultural
development are cordially invited to participate in this conference/exhibition that will bring
together scientists, farmers, policy makers, traditional rulers, food industries and other
stakeholders to discuss the theme “Restoring Agriculture and Trade through Partnerships


Date: Monday-Friday, August 13-16, 2018

Venue: Main Auditorium, University of Africa, Toru-Orua, Bayelsa State

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Akinwumi Adesina. President, African Development Bank (AFDB)

Chief Host: Prof. Valentine Aletor, Vice Chancellor, University of Africa, Toru-Orua (UAT).

Schedule of Events:

Monday 13th August, 2018 – Arrival/Students essay competition/Annual General Meeting
Tuesday 14th August, 2018 – Registration/Opening ceremony/Workshop sessions on Gender, Leadership, Agribusiness and Export
Wednesday 15th August, 2018 – Plenary session, oral and poster presentations
Thursday 16th August, 2018 – Oral presentations/ Excursion to the Ox-bow lake, Aquaculture Village, Yenegwe and Ecumenical Centre, Igbogene/Gala night


Sub themes:

1. Agricultural product safety, quality certification, market development, market information,applications and utilization for food and nutrition security;
2. Ecosystem-based approaches and climate – mediated innovations in agriculture for environmental sustainability and training.
3. Partnerships, inclusive agribusiness, social entrepreneurship and market outreach for reducing hunger and poverty;
4. Gender-responsive policies for sustainable agriculture
5. Effects of industrialization/ecosystem degradation on agriculture


Gender work is vital in all agriculture and food production sectors. It is also critical to achieving improved food security, yet, there is often a gap in the understanding of what gender and gender research is. This workshop will explore the basic concepts of gender theory with the goal of introducing gender concepts to a broad audience; creating deeper understanding of gender research and inclusion in agriculture, food nutrition and security, and going beyond gender divisions of labor. Participants will discuss relevant research questions and analysis from a gender perspective, learn current issues in gender research and discuss how to increase the capacity for a greater depth of gender research in all primary and secondary food production sub-sectors of agriculture in general.

The workshop objective is to train participants to become capable, confident, and influential persons in Agricultural Research and Development with the ability of leading critical advances and innovations in the sector. In addition participants will be groomed in promoting meaningful representation in decision-making and policy frameworks, in managerial positions, and in research and development as an important component of reducing gender inequalities, so that the voices of both men and women are heard in the development process.

Agribusiness and Export
The agriculture sector employs 65 percent of Africa’s labour force and accounts for 32 percent of the continent’s GDP. Strengthening Nigerian-African agricultural partnerships will have major economic impacts that reach a majority of our people. Present development trends are optimistic following the World Bank reports which states that agricultural GDP growth in sub-Saharan Africa has accelerated from 2.3 percent per year in the 1980s to 3.8 percent per year from 2000 to 2005. This workshop on agribusiness and export will bring to focus exciting opportunities for sustaining Nigeria’s economic growth, and for ensuring that growth benefits all Nigerians in the agricultural sector. Participants will be exposed a large network of opportunities and market linkages within and outside Africa. Private entrepreneurs involved in export of agro products will facilitate the workshop to share their testimonies and success stories as agropreneurs in the export business value chain.

Conference Objectives

NiWARD in collaboration with University of Africa has designed a conference to provide knowledge sharing and training in gender inclusion in agricultural research and development. The conference will provide a platform for networking and discussions among scientists through oral and poster presentations. An exhibition will also feature innovative technologies, products and services available for adoption by researchers, students, entrepreneurs and farmers geared towards increased food security and opportunities for wealth creation. During the plenary participants will be informed on current researches and priorities of our collaborating organizations like OWSD, World Fish and Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (GAF). World Fish will in particular highlight the impact of climate change on the world fisheries and how this affects livelihoods of 250 million people in this sector; while GAF will facilitate a workshop on gender inclusive research in agricultural development.

Benefits for participants

The conference is open to participants who will be given opportunity to share their experiences and research findings through oral and poster presentations; they will also have the opportunity of learning from other scientists and captains of industry that would attend the conference. During the plenary session, invited groups from the agriculture industry and institutions, including University of Africa’s four learning centres, will be given time to inform other stakeholders of their goals and activities to increase food production through research innovation and improve livelihoods and income for the people. The entire conference package will provide platforms that are conducive for participants to interact and expand networks.


There are different hotels with good facilities for accommodation in Yenagoa at the expense of participants:

Peretimi Hotel: N6,500.00/night

Top Rank Hotel: N12,000.00/night

Domaris Hotel: N15,000.00/night

Ebiis Hotel: N15,000.00/night

Green Villa Suites: Deluxe Room (N12,000.00/night); Apartment (N28,600.00/night)


Advertisement in NiWARD 2018 AGM/Conference Programme Booklet:
Full page: N100, 000
Half page: N55, 000
Quarter page: N30,000

Pay to:
Bank Name: Stanbic IBTC; Account Name: NiWARD; Account Number: 002 366 2707