INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL LINKAGES
As found by the Senate Committee, the need for linkage relationships with external bodies derives from the multi-disciplinary nature of the enterprise of the Institute, which requires technical inputs from diverse professional areas to be properly linked. In the University setting, this diversity is guaranteed by the presence of a large pool of experts located in the academic departments and other areas. The success of the Institute in implementing the mandate depends largely on the presence of suitable mechanism for establishing internal linkages to tap from the available expertise. The establishment of IFS – UAM was premised not only on the possibility of internal linkages with the Colleges, but also on external links as the intellectual resource base for food security research and outreach works.
The external linkages involve working in association with national and international organizations and governmental bodies, for ensuring the delivery of services of the Institute.
The Institute shall maintain strong linkages with various national and international organizations, groups and private partners.
The Institute shall be a national center of excellence. The Institute may attract a single line budget from the national budget.
Some of these are:
Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria, Fadama Development Authority,
National Agricultural Management Information System, Programme Coordinating Unit, National Agricultural questions and Answer Service (NAQAS),
ABU, Zaria, National Food Reserve Agency, National Agricultural Research Extension Liaison Services, IITA, Ministry of Environment, National Biotechnology Centre, Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) etc.
Role: Collaboration with these agencies will help provide information and resources to the Institute’s linkages with international agencies, and research collaboration. They will be major stakeholders in funding workshops, symposia, national discuss etc.
Local Funding Agencies
PTDF,STEP-B, ETF etc
Role: The Institute will seek for funding from the agencies and support for research equipment.
Endowment during convocations etc.
Poverty Alleviation Agencies
National Directorate of Employment (NDE), NAPEP
Bank of Agriculture, Commerce and Rural Development
Roles: The University will train farmers that are collecting loans especially new entrants, train students, Youth Corps members and unemployed youths in the relevant areas in order to attain food security.
Japanese Government, The Swedish Agency for International Development, through its research arm, SAREC.
The Norwegian Agency of International Development, NORAD.
The United States Agency for International Development, USAID
Carnegie Corporation to Support the Library.
NUFFIC (E-learning training).
Leland Initiative/Avaya/Hewelett Packard.
Ford Foundation (Good governance).
The Rockefeller Foundation
UNEP – United Nations environmental Programme.
Role: The Institute will source funds from these international agencies to support infrastructural development, capacity development and funding of supervised research and training.
Centre for studies in Food Security (CSFS), Ryerson University,
Institute of Food Security, Kwazulu, South Africa.
Other International Centres
Role: The Institute will seek collaboration from these centers in staff and students’ exchange programmes, information sharing and research to improve the quality and efficiency of research output and research collaboration.
Local Governments and States
Agricultural Development Agencies, States and local governments.
Role: They will make available their agricultural administrators and other staff for training in the Institute to support policy implementation.
NGO and CBOs, Legislators
NGOs, Civil Society Organizations etc. CBOs will be used for advocacy, extension and outreach programmes to promote food security. Legislators will be used for agricultural polices and key national decisions.