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July 2-13, 2012: 2nd International Summer School Programme in Organic Agriculture in Nigeria

The 2nd International Summer School Programme in Organic Agriculture to take place in Nigeria in July 2012 represents an excellent opportunity to learn about tropical organic agriculture in a West African setting, to explore possible research collaboration and business opportunities in West Africa, or simply to experience organic agriculture in another cultural and agrecological setting.

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Nigeria

The Organic Agriculture Project in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria (OAPTIN) in conjunction with the University of Agriculture, Abbeokuta, Nigeria, and the West African Network on Organic Agriculture Research and Training are organising the 2nd International Summer School Programme in Organic Agriculture in Nigeria.

Background

The Organic Agriculture Project in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria (OAPTIN) was founded in June 2004 in response to the global quest for the development of holistic and sustainable agricultural production system. Its focus is capacity building, skill and technology development in organic agriculture. In 2009 OAPTIN through the Work Earn and Learn Programme (WELP) trained 23 (out of the 70 applicants that applied) fresh Nigerian graduates in a 7-week intensive training. Later in 2010 an advanced programme was mounted for higher level personnel in Ministry of Agriculture and University Lecturers in a summer school programme. To sustain this the second in the series of summer school programme is designed to give further opportunity for sound training in organic agriculture for interested scientists, farmers, businessmen, policy makers etc., in basic organic agriculture with emphasis in composting, organic fruits, vegetable and arable crop production, organic livestock production, organic fish, snail & cane rat production, as well as business development and trade in organic agriculture including certification and packaging issues.

Course content

  • The course content will include:
  • Module 1: Introduction to organic agriculture
  • Module 2: Policy issues, certification and trade opportunities
  • Module 3: Principles and practice of organic vegetable production
  • Module 4: Principles and practice of organic arable crop production
  • Module 5: Concept and practice of organic aquaculture and fisheries management
  • Module 6: Management practices in the emerging organic agroforestry
  • Module 7: Animal right and health in organic production system
  • Module 8: Concept and practice of organic pest management approach
  • Module 9: Organic apiculture and honey processing
  • Module 10: Food processing, preservation and post harvest handling
  • Module 11: Produce marketing management

Date and Venue

  • Date: Monday 2nd - Friday 13th July, 2012
  • Venue: Senate Chamber, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria

Further information

Flyer Summer School Programme in Organic Agriculture  (5.8 MB)

Africa at Organic-World.net

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