Initiatives for Sustainable Food Security Innovations in the Drylands
Thematic Area: Climate change
University: Bayero University Kano (BUK)
Project Leader: Professor Jibrin, Mohammed Jibrin
Collaborating Partners: International Crops Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT); Manufactures Association of Nigeria (MAN); Dala Foods Nigeria Limited
Duration: 1.5 years
The key for ensuring the sustainability of Africa’s industrialization goal is to create constructive partnerships between academic institutions and private sector to facilitate robust innovation ecosystem for implementing the science and technology agenda that contribute to building infrastructure, human capital and businesses. Bayero University, Kano has recently developed a research and innovation policy, and established a Technology Transfer Office (TTO) to support innovation and commercialization of research. To consolidate on these gains and particularly to align to the national economic growth agenda of the federal government of Nigeria and the African policy drive on innovation, the university seeks to build the capacity of its staff, improve the network of partners and collaborators, and mobilize various actors towards developing the innovation ecosystem. The project will assist to further strengthen partnerships with industrial/sectorial stakeholders, support innovation, commercialization, and knowledge transfer that will assist in achieving prosperity and sustainable food security in the drylands of West and Central Africa (WCA). The project will be executed through partnership with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN); Dala Foods Nigeria Limited (a private company); and the International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). These efforts are expected to strengthen the innovative potential of the university to stimulate the development of technological innovations and encourage research commercialization of novel ideas, services, products by faculty and students in collaboration with private sector.