By Alex Abutu
The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) has awarded research grant to over 43 scholars from Nigeria to purse post graduate programmes in selected universities across the world.
This was contained in a statement issued by the programme in Abuja on Tuesday.
Thirteen(13) of the beneficiaries are women and they are expected to on completion of the various specialized post-graduate and non-degree courses, deploy their skills and knowledge to advance innovations in agriculture in Nigeria.
Reports indicate that WAAPP Nigeria has over the years given women high priority as participants and beneficiaries of its various innovation platforms.
So far, about five hundred and eighteen thousand, eight hundred and thirty two (518,832) women have participated and benefitted from the project activities implemented under WAAPP- assisted Value Chain Innovation Platforms (VCIPs) in twenty four states across Nigeria.
In addition, WAAPP-Nigeria has supported an independent Agricultural Innovation Platform (AIP), which expanded its scope of operations from only one state of Abia to nine other states focusing on community-based multiplication of cultivars for cassava and yam (cassava stems and seed yams), involving four hundred and seventy-nine thousand, five hundred and sixty farmers (479,560).