The Federal government is to strengthen the collaboration between Universities and Research institutions so as to ensure food security for the nation. The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnya Onu said this when he received the Director, Cornell Alliance for Science, Sarah Davidson Evanega in his office in Abuja on 1st March, 2018. Dr. Onu said Nigeria is now almost self-sufficient in rice production from the position of the highest importer of same in 2014.He commended Alliance for working with agencies in the ministry to communicate Science effectively.
Earlier, Prof. Sarah Evanega said that Cornel Alliance for Science is a global communication initiative with a mission to promote global food security, improve environmental sustainability and raise the quality of life globally. To achieve this mission, according to her, the Alliance is working to ensure science and evidence-informed policies that will advance agricultural innovations. Since its inception in 2014, the Alliance for Science has worked in close collaboration with National Biotechnology Development Agency NABDA, the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) and the Open Forum for Agricultural Biology in Africa to ensure access to biotechnology innovations in order to enable scientists have access the tools of biotechnology in order to innovate to meet the great challenges of today. She said that the collaboration is to promote science communication using innovative tools and forward leaning strategies.
1st March, 2018