IRAD International Conference opens to address climate change and agricultural development

February 23, 2024
IRAD International Conference opens to address climate change and agricultural development

The fourth IRAD International Conference commenced in Nyankpala near , providing a scientific platform to deepen relationships and share research ideas aimed at combating climate change. Organized by the West African Centre for Water, Irrigation, and Sustainable Agriculture (WACWISA) at the , the two-day conference focuses on the theme: “Climate Change, Water, Food Systems, and One Health: A Need for Sustainable Solutions.”

Professor Felix Kofi Abagale, the Director of WACWISA, highlighted the significant participation in the 2024 conference, with more than 100 scientific abstracts received from authors across 14 affiliated countries. After rigorous review, 73 abstracts were accepted for presentation, reflecting a diverse range of research contributions.

Prof. Abagale emphasized the conference's goal to foster high-level scientific discourse and promote the cross-fertilization of ideas to combat climate change effectively. He called on funding organizations to invest in innovative research, particularly in water resource development, to address the pressing challenges facing Africa.

Professor Seidu Al-Hassan, the Vice-Chancellor of UDS, underscored the urgent need for sustainable solutions to climate change, given its severe impact on livelihoods and communities. He commended the government and stakeholders for their efforts in addressing climate change and related issues.

Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu, the Northern Regional Minister, stressed the importance of prioritizing the conservation and sustainable management of water resources. He emphasized the fundamental human right to access clean water and advocated for sustainable agricultural practices to ensure .

Dr. Issah Sugri, the Deputy Director of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Savanna Agricultural Research Institute, reaffirmed the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation's commitment to fostering innovation, collaboration, and action. He highlighted the ministry's role in driving sustainable solutions to the challenges of climate change, water resources, food systems, and One Health.

As part of the conference activities, a competition titled “My Thesis in 180 Seconds” was held, showcasing graduate students' research work. Mr. Hassan Kotey emerged as the winner, followed by Mrs. Jenita Benicio Cargola as the first runner-up and Mr. Emmanuel Byiringiro as the second runner-up. They were awarded plaques and cash prizes to recognize their outstanding contributions.

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