In view of the need to introduce researchers to contemporary methods of data collection, N2Africa-Nigeria in conjunction with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) organized a 1-Day workshop for staff and Postgraduate students of the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT).
The workshop took place at the School of Agric Board Room, Main Campus.
Declaring the workshop open today, the Dean SAAT, Prof. Reuben Jiya Kolo said the School is committed to quality and cutting edge research that would impact on the society.
Prof. Kolo further expressed gladness at seeing one of the university products working with international organization and for coming down to the university to conduct training for staff and students which he noted would enhance learning and research.
From left to right: Dr Daniya Emmanuel (N2Africa research partner), Dr Joost Van Heerwaarden (N2Africa research coordinator and data management specialist), Prof. Akim Osunde (N2Africa research partner), Prof. Kolo (Dean of Agriculture, FUT Minna), Dr Emmanuel Sangodele (N2Africa country coordinator) and Dr Bassey Ukem (N2Africa Data management officer)
The Country Coordinator of N2Africa, who is an alumnus of the university, Dr. Emmanuel Sangodele said the workshop was geared towards moving away from the analogue method of pen and paper of data collection to technology enhanced data collection and analysis.
Dr. Sangodele stated that labour would be saved through the technology method of data collection and would assist farmers and extension workers to do their work and enter data through mobile phone for processing.
He said the information when processed would be available for farmers online and people can also make recommendations.
Speaking earlier, the special guest at the event, Prof. Akim Osunde who was the former DVC (Academic), commended the guests speaker for coming to the university to conduct the workshop for staff and students.
Emmanuel Sangodele, N2Africa coordinator, Nigeria