US agency plans Farmer-to- Farmer programme for Adeyemi College.
The United State Agency For International Development (USAID), has disclosed plan to provide technical assistance to Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo.
The assistance will involved provision of technical support to staff and students of the institution with the objectives of building their capacity and enhance efficiency.
Dropping the hint at a meeting which had Principal officers of the College, and senior academic staff from the institution's School of Vocational and Technical Education in attendance at the College Council Chamber on Tuesday March 19, 2019, the West African Regional Director of WINROCK INTERNATIONAL, Mr. Mike Bassey, whose organisation serves as intermediary between the global body and beneficiary organizations, gave background information on the Farmer- to- Farmer (F2F) initiative.
According to information supplied by him, which is also contained in documents distributed at the meeting, "the Farmer-to- Farmer ( F2F) programme funded by the United State Agency for International Development ( USAID), provides volunteers technical assistance to farmers, agribusinesses, education and extension providers in developing countries, to promote sustainable improvement in the agricultural sector."
The information further disclosed that "the F2F programme was introduced with the aim of generating sustainable, broad-based economic growth in the agricultural sector."
While giving details of his organisation's (WINROCK International) contributions to agricultural development in no fewer than 58 countries in West Africa, which include Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal, Bassey stated that through the contacts made to USAID, the organization was able to leverage on expertise of skill volunteers provided by the former "to strengthened agricultural institutions in West Africa including countries earlier mentioned, here over 5400 assignments have been completed ".
The WINROCK International West Africa Regional Director also explained that the F2F activities was introduced by the global organisation with aim of equipping new generation of agricultural educators, technicians, farmers and agribusinesses, to enable them address evolving challenges facing agricultural sector in all the countries.
On mode of operation of volunteer initiative, Bassey stated that participants of the scheme would focus attention towards addressing critical needs such as reduction of poverty, provision of essential services and technologies to "smallholders and educating young women and men for meaningful and productive work".
Speaking on what Adeyemi College stands to benefit from the Farmer-to- Farmer (F2F) programme, the WINROCK International senior official assured College Management that the institution would be assisted in capacity building of its staff and students.
He expressed satisfaction with the level of development in the College and noted that its students population would served as an added advantage, when the programme takes off in the institution.
He, however, explained that the implementation of the programme is usually done in phases starting with initial assessment of facilities, which will be followed with the provision of improvement grant by the global body.
Responding, the Provost of the College, Dr. Samuel Akintunde expressed appreciation to USAID and representative of WINROCK international, Mr Mike Bassey for giving consideration to the College as one of prospective beneficiaries of the Farmer -to- Farmer programme.
While soliciting for additional support in various areas in the institution, the College Administrator said the move would assist in taking the institution to higher level.
Dr. Akintunde reiterated his administration's commitment to fast track development of the College and expressed optimism that when it eventually takes off, the initiative would add more values not only to the institution, but Ondo community.
Echoing the views of the Provost, the Bursar of the College, Mr Ganiyu Abdul thanked the USAID and other supportive organisations for the gesture and assured that the opportunity given to the college would be used judiciously.
Similarly, while giving her speech, the Director, Directorate of Linkages and Sponsored Research in the College, Dr. Itunu Awosika, thanked Mr. Mike Bassey and his organisation,WINROCK International for their contributions to process leading to the College being considered as one of the beneficiaries of the USAID programme.
She assured the WINROCK International representative, that the College would provide all needed facilities that would be required for smooth operation when the programme eventually takes off in the institution.
The event held at the College Council chamber had in attendance the Registrar of the institution, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede; Bursar, Mr Ganiyu Abdul; Acting Librarian, Mr Akinade Awoyemi.
Also present were Director of Entrepreneurship training in the College, Dr. O O. Ayoola; Dean, School of Vocational and Technical Education, Dr. Wale Ajayi; Heads of Department of Fine Art, Home Economics as well as representative of Head, Department of Business Education.
Others who were also present include staff from the College Information and Public Relations Unit, Provost's office and Protocol unit.