Host University: Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
Centre Leader: Prof. Olukayode Akinyemi
Deputy Centre Leader: Dr O. A. Fafiolu
The Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment (CEADESE) is a proposed Centre of Excellence in agriculture anchored at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Nigeria. The Centre is to focus on teaching, learning and research excellence in agricultural productivity under sustainable environment
ACE-CEADESE aims to meet the challenges of producing new generation of young scientists, cutting-edge research outcomes leading to agricultural productivity through the development of innovative and resourceful products, crop varieties, animal breeds/ strains and safe nutritious feeds/ foods.
Our goal is to be a leading learning and research centre in facilitating sustainable agricultural development for enhanced livelihoods; strengthening the weak link and cooperation between agro based industries and farms on one hand and the research institutions on the other hand to produce required synergy needed for sustainable development.
The overall objective is to become a centre of excellence in strengthening human and material capacity for Agricultural development in Nigeria and West Africa. The above will be accomplished via:
- To introduce new specialized postgraduate programmes leading to Masters and Doctorate degrees in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment (M.AgSE and Ph.D AgSE) in Livestock Science.
- To expand the educational and practical competence of graduates of the programme for employment especially in the industrial sector to drive the transformation of animal Agriculture for higher productivity and food security in West Africa.
- To expand the competence in solving Agricultural/Livestock problems in the West Africa sub-region through capacity building of faculty, students, industry stakeholders, parastatals and farms.
- To act in synergy with the mother institution in establishing innovation platform for knowledge flow and collective dialogue between farms, researchers, related industries, Agricultural business and Higher Educational Institutions.
The goal of CEADESE is to be a leading learning and research centre in facilitating sustainable agricultural development for enhanced livelihoods; strengthening the weak link and cooperation between agro based industries and farms on one hand and the research institutions on the other hand to produce required synergy needed for sustainable development in Africa. The objective of CEADESE is to strengthen human and material capacity for agricultural development.
The Centre is focused on teaching, learning and research excellent in agricultural productivity in the face of climate change challenges. Action plans to achieve these objectives are divided into two broad activities: capacity building and research activities in collaboration with industry and other stakeholders in Agriculture. The capacity building programme involves introducing new post-graduate curricula leading to Master & Doctoral Degrees in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment – (M.AgSE/PhD.AgSE) in response to specific productivity challenges, short-term skill acquisition for industry stakeholders, specialized workshops and to introduce internships during post-graduate studies. The action plan for research programme consists of partnering with regional and international centres to conduct postgraduate students’ research that are demand-driven and will lead to regional development.
This is intended to forge closer relation with industry and stakeholders in Agriculture in order to respond to their developmental needs through demand-driven research projects. In addition, the Centre is embarking on thematic agricultural research projects of international interests targeted at mitigating climate and environmental challenges in the sub-region.