Monday, 30 November 2015

Queen's Anniversary Award: Varsity Don Congratulates NRI

The Vice-chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture
 Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Prof. Olusola Oyewole.

The Vice-chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Prof. Olusola Oyewole has congratulated the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) on being awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for world leading research and development work on cassava.

The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education is a biennial award scheme, which is within the United Kingdom’s national honours system. The award is the most prestigious form of national recognition open to UK academic institutions.

Commenting on the prestigious award received by the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich, Prof. Oyewole said FUNAAB is proud to associate with the institute. He also lauded NRI for its continued support and collaboration with his university over the years. 

He said, “Congratulations on the Queen's Anniversary Award for Further and Higher Education to the University of Greenwich for the Natural Resources Institute's work on cassava. We are proud of you and glad to be associated with the NRI. Thanks for your continued support of our collaborations over the years.” 

The Director, Natural Resources Institute, Prof. Andrew Westby, said a formal award ceremony will be held at Buckingham Palace, United Kingdom in late February 2016. He noted that NRI has been engaged in applied research and development to tackle problems facing the whole cassava value chain, from farm to fork, for over 25 years. He added that CAVA projects were an important part of its submission for the prestigious award.

According to him, “Our submission to the Trust highlighted our work in four main areas:  Overcoming emergent diseases threatening cassava production, Adding value through processing and business development, Managing waste within the value chain for economic returns and Strengthening the capacity of developing-country scientists and practitioners.”

“Central to our approach and success has been the strength of our collaboration with our partners around the world. The main funders of NRI’s work have been the UK’s Department for International Development, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the European Commission, the African Union, International Fund for Agricultural Development and CGIAR centres and programmes among others.  The CAVA projects were an important part of our submission. Although the award is made to University of Greenwich, I really do value the collaborations that we have had.”

In the same vein, the Project Director, Cassava: Adding Value for Africa, Prof. Kolawole Adebayo, also commended Natural Resources Institute (NRI) on the prestigious award it obtained.
He said, “I am very delighted with this news. Congratulations! I agree with you that team efforts and dedication by all is instrumental for this recognition, but I hasten to put it on record that your astute leadership, unparalleled dedication and unfailing commitment to global development has been the engine room of this and other achievements of our team.”

The first phase of the Cassava Adding Value for Africa Project (C:AVA) was led by the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwhich, while the CAVA II Project, led by the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta is an initiative sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and jointly implemented by the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich, United Kingdom; Food Research Institute Ghana; Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre, Tanzania; African Innovations Institute, Uganda; Chancellor College of the University of Malawi; The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) alongside several partners.

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