Academic and Research Seminar

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  • DATE / TIME:
    December 16, 2014    09:30 - December 17, 2014    13:00

    The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) is organising a two-day academic and research seminar to disseminate key findings from research conducted by the institute’s current visiting scholars.

    Time: 9:30a.m. -1:00p.m. each day

    UNU-INRA, as part of its mandate to contribute to the sustainable management of Africa’s natural resources through capacity strengthening, has put in place a Visiting Scholars Programme, 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 scholars undertake research on key issues affecting natural resources management in Africa and provide relevant policy  recommendations to promote sustainable development.

    As part of its  dissemination strategies, UNU-INRA organises academic and research seminars to share key research results with the public. These seminars act as a platform to gain firsthand insight into the key findings from the researchers themselves, participate in discussions and share ideas on the topics of discussions.

    Below are the details of the upcoming seminar:


    1. Biosand Filter as a Household Water Treatment Technology in Ghana and its Eco-Business Potential, by Dr. Jonathan Hogarh
    2. Productivity Differential and Resilience of Under-Utilized Indigenous Vegetables of Southwest Nigeria, by Dr Agbola Peter Oluwafemi
    3. Environmental and Economic Burden of Sand Dredging on Artisanal Fishing in Lagos State, Nigeria, Dr Fatai Abiola Sowunmi
    4. Green Business Model Innovation in Agriculture for Rural Africa, by Mr Yirviel Janvier Métouolé Méda

    About the Presenters

    Dr Jonathan Hogarh is a lecturer of Environmental Science at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.  He holds a PhD in Risk Management and Environmental Sciences. His research primarily focuses on environmental contamination from chemical pollutants, environmental risk management, water treatment and waste management.

    Dr Agbola Peter Oluwafemi is a Senior Lecturer of Agricultural Economics at Osun State University, Nigeria.  He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics. He has over ten years experience in Agricultural Economics with research outputs in Agricultural Development; Food Security; and Climate Change.

    Dr Fatai Abiola Sowunmi is a Lecturer from the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics. His areas of Specialisation are Development Economics and Applied Spatial Econometrics.

    Mr Yirviel Janvier Métouolé Méda has a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA) (equivalent to Masters Degree) in Industrial, Rural and Environmental Economics from the University of Ouaga II, Burkina Faso. He is currently a PhD candidate in Applied Agricultural Economics and Policy at the University of Ghana. His main research interest is on the interrelations between agriculture and environment.

    The seminar is open to the general public at no cost.


    United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa
    Second floor, International House, Annie Jiage Road
    University of Ghana, Legon Campus
    Accra, Ghana.

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