The Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T) is one of the foremost National Agricultural Research Institutes in Nigeria. It is affiliation with the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife since 1969 makes it one of the four University-based Agricultural Research Institutes in Nigeria. Even though, this affiliation opens a lot of opportunities to the Institute, it also bestows a lot of responsibilities and challenges to the entire workforce. Having mandate for improved farming systems in South West Nigeria, Scientists can work on virtually any crop grown by farmers in the zone apart from the national mandate crops assigned to the Institute by the Government.
In addition to research activities, teaching assignments are being handled by many of our scientiests as the home campus of the University. Ile-Ife a distance of about eighty kilometers from Ibadan. The participation of Management staff and senior scientists in many University Statutory meetings and committees is also involving.
The Institute has intimate and regular contact with resource-poor farmers throughout the nooks and crannies of South Western Nigeria covering the six States of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti. The IAR&T is the South West Zonal Coordinating Research Institute. Demand-driven and peasant-farmer targeted improved agricultural technologies are generated and disseminated to thousands of farm-families in South Western Nigeria and even beyong. The Institute has developed over the years effective and improved technologies including outstanding varieties of many common staples of maize, cowpea, cassava, fruit and leaf vegetables to mention a few.
Soil and Water Management Research
Research into efficient use and management of soils for increased and sustainable agricultural productivity.
Farming Systems Technology
Investigate, evaluate, validate and promote farming systems technology adaptable to agroecologies.
Provide consultancy services in the area of soil testing, improved crop and livestock production, utilization and agricultural extension strategies.
Crop and Livestock Production
Develop improved and integrated crop and livestock production.
Collaborate with relevant stakeholders and relevant institutions in agricultural production system.
The Institute, in order to meet its mandate and the demands of its role, has functioned as a Multi-Commodity Research, Training and Services Centre for the improvement of agricultural productivity and farm efficiency through research into the existing soils, crops and livestock resources in the broad agro-ecological zones of south-western Nigeria. The Institute has carried out its Research, Services and Training activities in the context of the following four broad objectives:
- To serve as a national centre for the integrated improvement of the genetic potential, yield and nutritional or utilization quality of major food and agro-industrial (raw materials) crops, livestock and other important commodities adapted to the broad agro-ecological zones of south-western Nigeria.
- To investigate, develop, evaluate, validate and promote farming systems that would increase and maximise overall agricultural production and productivity.
- To provide adequate, relevant and functional junior, intermediate and high level manpower training for national agricultural development.
- To collaborate with other universities, national, regional and international institutions in the validation and practical application and adoption of improved agricultural production technologies.
Research and Service Units
THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S PROFILE
Prof. James Alabi Adediran (Phd, PDC, FSS) is the Executive Director of the Institute since May, 2013. He is a Professor of Soil Science and a resource scientist/Consultant to farmers and organizations. He joined the Institute in 1988 and has served in various capacities, as Head of soil programme (2003 -2005), Deputy Director (2006-2010). His main focus is on soil fertility management for agricultural production. He has published over 70 scientific papers and supervised quite a number of post graduate (MSc and Ph.D) students.
We are eager to collaborate with National and International Agricultural Research Organizations, Universities Worldwide, States and Federal Government Agencies/Parastatals, Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs), Small/Medium/Large scale farmers, Commodity Associations etc. in the task of making our dear Country to be food secured and a major exporters of agricultural products. We hope to make the website highly interactive and enjoyable to all.
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