Harnessing research for sustainable food systems in Africa

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On 13 May, the University of Ibadan (UI) held a public lecture titled “Recent experiences at IITA to improve the impact of research on improving food systems in Nigeria.” IITA Deputy Director General, Partnerships for Delivery (DDG-P4D), Kenton Dashiell, was the guest lecturer. The lecture focused on promoting food security, sustainable development, and resilience and empowering communities to build future generations.

In his welcome address, UI Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Ezekiel Ayoola highlighted the public lecture’s objective to explore the crucial role of research in enhancing food systems across Africa and to reaffirm the commitment to tackling the pressing issues of food security and sustainability on the continent. He stressed that with the global demand for food continuously rising, innovative, evidence-based solutions are more urgent than ever. He stated, “Research into cultural practices is key to achieving greater productivity, efficiency, and resilience in food systems.”

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