Future Resilient Farming Systems for the Semi-Arid West and Central Africa

Our Nigeria office in Kano State recently hosted a team of international delegates who were in Kano State for a three-day international workshop titled "Future Resilient Farming Systems for the Semi-Arid West and Central Africa." The workshop was organized by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). ICRISAT facilitated the workshop in collaboration with eHealth Africa (eHA), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and Bayero University Kano State.

The visiting group of delegates was made up of representatives from nine countries, led by ICRISAT Nigeria’s Country Representative Dr. Ajeigbe Hakeem.

Also present at the event:

  • Professor Anthony Whitbread, Research Program Director of Innovation Systems for Drylands

  • From India: Dr. Ramadjita Tabo, Regional Director for West and Central Africa

  • From Zimbabwe: ICRISAT’s Dr. Sabine Homann-Kee Tui, Social Scientist for Crop-Livestock Systems

eHealth Africa’s Associate Director of Programs Anu Parvatiyar and others from the eHA team welcomed the international delegates. Parvatiyar gave a presentation that provided the visitors with an overview of eHA, followed by a presentation on Nutrition and Food Security given by eHA’s Program Manager Dr. Sarma Mallubhotla. After presentations and discussions, the visitors also had the opportunity to tour eHA’s main campus and explore projects currently in the works.

Dr. Tabo said that given the impact achieved by eHealth Africa on healthcare in Nigeria, he is hoping that both organizations will continue to explore areas of collaboration to dramatically increase what is accomplished going forward.