Academic and Research Seminar

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  • DATE / TIME:
    May 14, 2015    10:00 - 12:00

    The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) invites the general public to a one-day academic and research seminar to disseminate key findings from research conducted by one of the institute’s current visiting scholars and a PhD Intern.

    Date: Thursday, 14th May, 2015

    Time:  10 am – 12pm

    Venue: UNU-INRA Headquarters, 2nd Floor, International House,  University of Ghana Campus, Legon, Accra


    The mandate of UNU-INRA is to empower African universities and research institutions through capacity strengthening. In fulfillment of this, the Institute has put in place Visiting Scholars and PhD Internship programmes, which selects researchers on a competitive basis to spend three to four months at the institute’s headquarters in Accra or at its operating units in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Namibia, Senegal and Zambia. These research scholars undertake research on key issues affecting natural resources management in Africa and provide relevant policy  recommendations to promote sustainable development.

    To disseminate results from these research projects, UNU-INRA periodically organises academic and research seminars to share key findings with the public. These seminars act as a platform to gain firsthand insight into the key findings from the researchers, participate in discussions and share ideas on the topics of discussions.

    Details of the Upcoming Seminar

    Implication of Genotype X Environment Interaction on Maize Trials: Varietal Selection and Identification of Suitable Sites, by Dr Felix O. Takim

    The objective of this study is to extract 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 maize genotypes, and identify the best genotypes and suitable sites. It is expected that the introduction of good maize genotypes would improve yields in targeted ecological areas. This will also improve farmers’ knowledge in maize production, control pests, improve livelihoods and consequently promote food security.

     Adoption of Conservation Tillage as Climate Change Mitigation Option in Tandjoare-Togo: A Contingent Valuation Analysis, by Ms Afo-Loko Owodon

    The  study used a contingent valuation approach and econometrics tools such as tobit model to analyze primary data obtained from a survey conducted on 450 farmers in Nano-Tandjoare, in Togo.

    The presentations will discuss findings from these two studies.

    About the Presenters 

    Dr 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.

    Ms Afo-Loko, is a PhD Intern at the Institute. She is a PhD candidate at the Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal under the West Africa Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) program. Her area of expertise is climate change economics. She has a Master’s degree in Macro-economics from the University of Cotonou, Benin, under the NPTCI (Nouveau programme de troisieme cycle inter-universitaire) Regional program.

    All are cordially invited.