Academic and Research Seminar

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  • DATE / TIME:
    June 11, 2015    10:00 - 12:00

    The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) cordially invites the general public to a seminar to disseminate key findings from two of the Institute’s research projects.  The date is Thursday, 11th June, 2015, and the time is 10 am. The seminar will take place at the UNU-INRA Headquarters, 2nd Floor, International House, University of Ghana Campus, Legon, Accra.

    This  seminar falls in line with the Institute’s mandate to promote the sustainable management of Africa’s natural resources through research, capacity development, policy advice and knowledge sharing and transfer. It aims to discuss findings from the  following research projects:

    The Potential of Sustainable Fishery in Mitigating Unemployment and Poverty in Africa, by Shiferaw Mitiku Tebeka.

    The aim of this research was to examine the potential of the fishery sector in mitigating the growing unemployment and poverty in Africa. Egypt, Morocco, Madagascar, Namibia, Ethiopia, Seychelles, Niger, Mauritania, São Tomé and Príncipe and Chad were considered as the target sample areas of the study from the five African sub-regions.  Models such as Schaefer Maximum Sustainable Yield, Linear Coefficient of Variation, Linear Compound Annual Growth Rate, Generalized Auto Regressive Conditional Hetroschedasticity, were computed to analyze the time series data from 1980-2012 using EVIEWS, SPSS and AEA computer packages.

    Green Strategy for Maize Varietal Selection and Identification of Suitable Sites in Drought-Prone Ecologies of Southern Guinea Savanna Zone of Nigeria, by Dr Felix O. Takim.

    This study extracted multi-environment trial data sets from regional maize trials using Additive Main Effects and Multiplicative Interaction (AMMI)  and Genotype and Genotype-Environment (GGE) biplot models to assess the performance of drought tolerant (DT) maize genotypes and identify the best genotypes for suitable sites. The impact of climate change and economic implications of producing DT maize was estimated.

    The seminar  presentations will discuss  key findings from the two research.

    About the Presenters 

    Dr Felix O. Takim, is currently a Visiting Scholar at UNU-INRA. He is a Lecturer from University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria and holds a PhD in Agronomy with specialization in Weed Ecology.

    Shiferaw Mitiku Tebeka, is a PhD candidate in Cooperation and Banking Management, specializing in Rural Marketing Management at the Kerala Agricultural University, India. He has a Master’s degree in Marketing Management from the Addis Ababa University of Ethiopia. He has more than 20 publications in peer reviewed high rated International Journals, Chapters in Books and Conference Proceedings. He has presented his scientific findings in several international and national level conferences. Mr. Tebeka has been working as a Business and Information Science Program Coordinator for Menelik Health Science College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Currently, he is a PhD Intern at UNU-INRA.


  • Praise Nutakor

    Communications and PR Associate, UNU-INRA

    Tel: +233-302- 213850. Ext. 6319