Faculty Publishing: AUN Professors Collaborate with New York Counterpart on Food Security in Nigeria

Faculty Publishing: AUN Professors Collaborate with New York Counterpart on Food Security in Nigeria

Two SITC professors are collaborating with another in the United States to publish an article on food security in Nigeria.

The work of Professor Kenneth David Strang of the State University of New York, in Plattsburgh, in collaboration with Dr. Ferdinand Che and Dr. Narasimha Rao Vajjhala of AUN, is an example of interdisciplinary cooperation.

The article, "Urgent strategic insights to resolve the Nigerian food security crisis," appears in Outlook on Agriculture.

The researchers collected data from local agriculture extension workers who had specialized knowledge of the problems in Mubi, Adamawa State. They also worked with the Building Resilience through Sustainable Agriculture (BRSA) program run by the Atiku Center at AUN and received the Institutional Research Board approval from AUN.

In their abstract, the authors submit that the food security crisis is a serious worldwide predicament in developing countries but it is a relatively larger problem in Nigeria while there was no solution for the Nigerian food security crisis "because researchers had not customized theoretical models with data-driven priorities grounded on local agriculture subject matter expert knowledge."

"Our final model highlighted strategically urgent ideas to increase agriculture productivity and appease the most severe constraints in rural Nigeria. The results extended what was already published in the literature and should generalize to rural farmers in Nigeria as well as to government policymakers in developing countries around the world."

Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa