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The CAPACITY4FOOD is the continuation of the AFOLM project and its overall objective is to foster capacity building and regional integration in the field of Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) for Food Security in the Anglophone West African Universities.
Our objectives are:
- To enhance Regional Networking in Integrated Soil fertility Management focused on Food Security by setting up a Regional Network of Centres of Excellence in ISFM for Food Security in Anglophone Western African universities
- To develop targeted activities in ISFM for Food Security at local level with a view to increase universities capacity building towards sustainable food production
The 5 Centres of Excellence in ISFM for Food Security will be established in each partner university and they will be members of the CAPACITY4FOOD Centres of Excellence Network.
They will be a special unit of technical and administrative staff specialised in ISFM for Food Security with skills and competence in transversal topics such as project management cycle, quality assurance of study programmes and university services. The centres’ main mission is to support academic staff of our university for the better definition of the curricula, but also other universities at local farmers and government authorities (at national & regional level) to build up partnership, start joint international initiatives and initiate agreements.
Our key results will be:
- Enhanced contribution to national and regional policies and development plans for cooperation in higher education
- Increased inter-institutional networking between universities in the ACP and with EU universities
- Improved management and financial administration of ACP universities
- Upgraded qualifications of academic staff of partner universities
CAPACITY4FOOD is being implemented in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, the three AFOLM partners, plus Sierra Leone and Gambia. The project is a direct response to our partners’ real needs in terms of improvement of their universities in relation with the relevant actors (local small holds, government, NGOs, associations.
The project idea is the result of previous discussions with project partners and the detection of clear evidence that they have a real need of acquiring know how on ISFM for Food Security and also above all the need for strengthening their regional and international cooperation. Last but not least, he project will bridge the gap in terms of synergies between universities and stakeholders (employers, farmers, authorities) for the establishment agreements for students, to adapt the graduated preparation for the labour market and also to be able to influence government’s priorities in terms of ISFM for Food Security.