The management of the Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an international agro-based nongovernmental organisation, Food for All Initiative (FFAI) for the establishment of University Farm to ensure food security and generate employment.
Speaking during the ceremony, which took place at the university, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba stressed the importance of agriculture in economic development of a nation, noting that agricultural activities could serve as the panacea to the burden of hunger and poverty if relevant stakeholders took advantage of the comparative ad-vantage offered by the sub-sector.
He explained that the Faculty of Agriculture was established by the university with over seven academic programmes to serve as agricultural research hub where research findings and new developments in the sector would be made available to farmers at no cost for improved farming yields.
The vice-chancellor, who noted that universities were established to provide solutions to problems in the society, added that FUNAI would surely live up to expectations in that regard. Giving insight into the partnership, the spokesperson for the initiative, Nnenna Okoro said the organisation was targeting the entire six geo-political zones of the country, even as he noted that FUNAI was selected in the South-East due to the availability of arable land and eco-friendly activities in the area.