IITA hosts Australia Awards symposium on irrigation and water resource management
Irrigation specialists from Australia, Cameroon, Ghana, and Nigeria gathered for a symposium at IITA headquarters on 28 March, as part of the Australia Awards Africa short course on Irrigation and Water Resources Management for Agriculture (IWRM). The Australia Awards, funded by the Australian government and managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, offers awardees the opportunity to study and participate in research and professional development activities.
In his opening address, Kenton Dashiell, IITA Deputy Director General for Partnerships for Delivery, welcomed the group and said that IITA’s research is channeled towards making agriculture a profitable venture and a means of moving farmers from lower to middle or upper class. He also expressed the need for IITA to start a project on irrigation.