Head of Programme
Land and water resources management in a changing world: New drive for sustainable agricultural development. The major objectives of the programme include:
- Conduct and coordinate research on efficient use and manage of land and water resources for sustainable agricultural production in agro-ecological zones of Nigeria
- Provide national guideline on land and water use management (including irrigation practices)
- Characterize and classify Nigeria soils for agricultural production and land use planning
- Develop and provide low cost and efficient technologies for control and monitoring of soil erosion and land degradation
- Provide advisory services and recommendations for soil survey and land evaluation soil testing and laboratory services of soil, plant, fertilizer, rock, and water samples for appropriate soil management
- Develop efficient and effective climate smart technologies for mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
- Develop water management techniques to solve irrigation problems in agriculture
CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
Research focus for 2015
The major focus of the Programme in 2015 is SUSTAINABLE LAND RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND FOOD SECURITY with emphasis on the following:
- Soil information system for Nigeria
- Integrated nutrient management and production systems
- Urban Agriculture and dry season farming
- Soil and water conservation strategies for sustainable agricultural production
- Advancement in Laboratory technologies
The Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T) has national mandate for soil research. The Land and Water Resources Management Programme is the anchor body to realize this mandate. Hence, the Programme is saddled with the responsibility to conduct and coordinate research for the development of improved soil management technologies in all agro-ecologies of the country. The Programme is well equipped with professionals in various disciplines related to land and water resources management.
Thus, over the years, the government and private farmers have relied on our services for soil survey and land evaluation, land use management, and agro chemical testing/validation. The Programme has also moved forward in line with global trend to digital mapping of land resources. This led to the creation of Land Information Network Office (LINO) to serve as data bank and processing office. This is to meet the millennium challenge for holistic approach to multidimensional issues of land resources.
The programme is divided into three working groups comprising:
- Soil survey and land use management;
- Integrated soil fertility management and production systems and;
- Soil and water conservation management.
As part of the programmes’ mandate to pursue research excellence, networking and drive national and international impact, some of the scientists and technical staff of the programme participated in various national and international projects and attended international trainings in conjunction with (i) Global Digital Soil Map Project; (ii) Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS) Project; (iii) PropCom-DFID sponsored tillage and mechanization Project; (iv) International Agricultural Research and Training Center, Izmir-Turkey; (v) CIPSEM and Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany; and (vi) NARIs: IAR, Zaria; NRCRI, Umudike; LCRI, Maiduguri.
The programme coordinated CORAF project on sustainable Soil-water-nutrient management involving three West African countries: Nigeria Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire between 2013 and 2016. Rural farmers were empowered in areas of water harvesting and organic fertilizer.
Recently, the programme has introduced Mid Infra-red Spectrophotometry to soil analyses, where dry soil samples are analysed without using chemicals. This has increased the rate of delivery of soil analyses results.
RESEARCH MANDATE AND OBJECTIVES
Land and water resources management in a changing world: New drive for sustainable agricultural development. The major objectives of the programme were to:
- conduct and coordinate research on efficient use and management of land and water resources for sustainable agricultural production;
- provide national guidelines on land and water use management;
- characterize and classify Nigeria soils for agricultural production and land use planning;
- develop and provide low cost and efficient technologies for control and monitoring of soil erosion and land degradation;
- provide advisory services and recommendations from soil surveying and land evaluation, soil testing, training, and laboratory analyses of soil, plant, fertilizer, rock and water samples, for appropriate soil management;
- develop efficient and effective climate smart techniques for mitigation and adaptation to climate;
- develop water management techniques to solve irrigation problem
MEMBERS OF THE PROGRAMME
Head of Programme
ARE Kayode Steven
Team Leader, Monthly Technology Review Meetings for Ondo State Agricultural Development Programme