Teaching and Research Farm , University of Ibadan, joins in Celebrating World Food Day
University of Ibadan Teaching and Research Farm joins in celebrating World Food Day, the event was themed “Freedom From Hunger: University of Ibadan Blazing The Trail”, took place on 16th Oct., 2018 at First Bank Building, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ibadan. Experts in areas of of Food and Animal Science and Technology were present to educate on food security and safety of human health through consumption of nutritious and organic foods. The Deputy Direct, (Crop), in person of Dr. Olugbenga O. AdeOluwa was present to advocate on the need for organic farming and feeding, an index for food security. Present at the event were the Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan represented by Prof. K.O Adebowale (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration),Prof. Olanike K Adeyemo, (DVC, Research, Innovation & Strategic partnership),Prof A.A Ladele, (Dean, Faculty of Agriculture), Prof. A.B Omogie, (Director Teaching and Research), Dr. R.O Awodoyin, (Crop Protection and Environmental Biology), The Head of Department, Agronomy, University of Ibadan represented by Dr. K.O Oluwasemiire, Prof. B.O. Omotoyin, (Dean, Faculty of Renewable and Natural Resources), Dr. Oladipo O. Omotosho, (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine),University of Ibadan.
In his presentation, Prof. A.A Ladele stated that food security means access to good food but not junk food, he added that certain factors such as poverty, conflict, food waste, political instability, debt, damaged environment can cause hunger and that increasing the availability and affordability of nutritious food, promoting safe water, targeted nutritious programs for vulnerable emergency victims can enhance food security.
He stressed further that statistics showed that poor nutrition cause nearly half (45%) of death in children under five (3.1 million children) each year and that University of Ibadan come to the rescue through training high level manpower in the agric sector, agricultural activities in the past years on making food available for the society, teaching and research in agriculture and technology, provision of land space for field experiments for research and teaching /demonstration, cheap and quality farm produce.
The challenges faced were however highlighted, they are funding and fund release, , unavailability of free grazing herds of animals, cattle, goat and sheep, orientation of lecturers and students. He added that the university can promote agropreneurship, make the production environment attractive by facilitating access to agric support services, promoting mechanization by designing easy to use farm tools, developing policy briefs that will compel the government to action in the right direction.
Prof. Ladele pointed out that Teaching and Research Farm unit of the university can demonstrate research output for organic foods, fruits and vegetables.
Discussants were drawn from departments of Agronomy, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Food Technology, Crop Protection and Environmental Biology, Agric Economics salient points were however drawn out as follows:
- Agriculture goes beyond food production, it also entails transportation and all other area in value chain, vegetables and fruits productions should be looked into by agropreneurs as their life spans are short and require water mainly.
- Capacity building for students of Animal Science are major concern, students should be familiar with animals being read about, the physiological, genetic and production aspect of the animals should be considered, meats with no flies perching on were said to be poisons.
- Change should be effected by all, food technologists should be consulted for the nutritional aspect of the foods to be produced.
- The health of the animals to be consumed is very important as the living diseased animals may pose great health risk to the environment as well as the meat.
- Micro toxins are produced by fungi which may be in crops not properly protected and these are cancerous to humans and animal.
- Foods consumption are meant to be checked as Diabetes 2, High Blood pressure, Arthritis, Lower back pain, High Cholesterol, Stroke, Heart Disease, Cancer ravages mostly at age 40 and above and these are caused by what we put on. Food management is key in proving food security
Several organic produce were showcased at the event, with the media crew of the Association in attendance equally distributing the information material for awareness and sensitization on the Association and the need to emulate organic farming.