Since 2010, the United States and Nigeria have held technical workshops to improve food security through reducing postharvest losses.
On June 2-10, several U.S. organizations partnered with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and University of Ibadan to train public and private sector representatives on grain management, storage for small to large-sized warehouses, and silo complexes. The U.S. contingent included experts from Purdue University, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Kentucky, and officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for International Development, supported by funding from President Obama’s global food security and nutrition initiative, Feed the Future.
These timely technical workshops brought together more than 85 Nigerian stakeholders, including representatives from the Agricultural Development Programme, the Strategic Grains Reserves of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, the Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute in Ilorin, the University of Ibadan, and the University of Ilorin.
The U.S. cohort and its Nigerian counterparts are developing programs that will continue to train and equip silo and warehouse managers with the necessary skills to manage grain storage throughout Nigeria.