The role of Academic Institutions in collaborating with the private sector to spearhead government policies is critical to the development of the nation-state. Speaking at a two-day Workshop on the role of Agriculture Universities in enhancing the capacities of governments to implement agriculture trade policies, Mr. Chris Addy-Nayo, Team Leader of the ECIATA-EDULINK II Project emphasised on the critical role of Academic Institutions in collaborating with governments and private sector to facilitate the growth and development of the agriculture sector and its contribution to food security and poverty reduction within the ECOWAS sub-region.
The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) is an initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Bankers Committee (BC) and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (FMA&RD). The mandate of NIRSAL is to facilitate the flow of credit to agribusinesses and collaborate with Stakeholders to fix broken agricultural value chains in Nigeria.It is anchored on five pillars namely, Risk Sharing Facility, Insurance Facility, Technical Assistance Facility, Agricultural Bank Rating System and bank Incentive Mechanism.
The interchangeable concepts of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering can refer to the application of engineering principles to the processing of materials by biological agents to provide goods and services. These concepts have become commonplace of debates around the globe. One common element with the two is “genetic modification”, which simply implies the manipulation of an organism’s genetic make-up in order to create or enhance desirable characteristics from the same or another species (Australian Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2001).
- Overview of the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak
The 2014 Ebola Virus Disease outbreak has indeed been one of the most alarming Ebola outbreaks in World history, and the first in the West African sub region, that has severely hit Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria with a significant risk to the World at large. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention in collaboration with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international disease management teams is currently providing technical assistance and control measures to the affected countries, (CDC Ebola Website and USAID August, 2014).
A fourteen (14) year war ravaged Liberia has embarked on series of programs to strengthen her economy and put the nation in a better position to economically compete with other countries. Aligning the country with the World Trade Organization (WTO) is one of the many programs initiated to ensure sustained economic growth and development.