Wasiu Awoyale

Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta(M.Sc.)

Research Topic

Chemical & Sensory Properties of Kokoro (Maize based snack) Supplemented with Distillers’ Spent Grain

Research Description

In order to reduce the environmental pollution from the distilling industries, and as well increase the protein content of maize-based snack (kokoro), maize flour was supplemented with treated distillers' spent grains, in the production of kokoro.


Mariette McCampbell

Wageningen University and Research (PHD)

Research Topic

ICT and citizen science for BXW control and prevention

Research Description

Mariette McCampbell is a PhD researcher with Wageningen University and Research’s Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group, and Visiting Scientist ‘ICT-enabled Innovation and Scaling’ at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Mariette’s research studies how (mobile) ICT platforms can contribute to solve data, information, knowledge, and connectivity related issues that hinder effective control and prevention of Xanthomonas Wilt of Banana disease in East and Central Africa. Her work is funded by CGIAR’s Roots, Tubers and Bananas Program (RTB), and implemented under ICT4BXW (funded by BMZ) and RTB Scaling Fund projects, together with the Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA).


Christophe Haouvang Laba

University of Ngaoundere(PhD)

Research Topic

Influence of soil amendments on physical, chemical, nutritional and production of Moringa oleifera cultivited in southern of Chad

Research Description

The study is carried out to assess the effect of domestic animal composts on growth performance of moringa. It concerns the study of influence composts on chemical, physical and production of moringa. So many elements such as protein, lipids, amino acids...of leave and seed are determined. The growth and yield of moringa are also evaluated in field.


Akinde Halimat

Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (PhD)

Research Topic

Screening of some yellow and white flesh cassava roots for starch noodles production

Research Description

Noodles consumed mostly in Nigeria are instant noodles, produced majorly from wheat flour and other composite flours. Since Nigeria is the largest producer of cassava in the world, there's a need to develop noodles from our locally grown agricultural produce, just like they do in Asia where they make starch noodles from the agricultural produce they have in abundance such as rice, sweetpotatoes, peas, mung beans and so on.


Adegbite Suraju

Federal University of Technology Akure (PhD)

Research Topic

Analysis of Heat and Mass Transfer in Pneumatic Flash Dryer for Production of High Quality Cassava Flour

Research Description

Cassava transformation will not happen unless the efficiency of the processing equipment are improved in order to meet the potential industrial demand. Drying is an essential operation in the production of High Quality Cassava Flour. Pneumatic flash dryer which is also known as continuous convective drying system is the most suitable drying system for HQCF drying. Survey of some cassava processing centers and evaluation of some locally fabricated flash dryer were carried out in order to assess the challenges being faced in the use of locally developed flash dryer. An efficient flash dryer was designed and developed for HQCF drying.


AINA Ademola

University of Ibadan (PhD)

Research Topic

Genetic Diversity Study of African yam bean (Sphenostylis stenocarpa) Using Phenotype, SSR markers and Next Generation Sequencing

Research Description

"Ademola is carrying out phenotyping and Next Generation DNA sequencing of some selected African yam bean (AYB) accessions with the aim of identifying superior genes to be used in future crop improvement programs of AYB. Improved varieties with higher nutritional value and increased yield coupled with the crop’s climate adaptability will help reduce poverty, hunger and malnutrition in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa plus raise the profile of this long neglected native crop, hopefully unleashing the potential of the African yam bean as a food security crop. "


Olayiwola Muyideen

Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (PhD )

Research Topic

Genetic Analysis of Maize (Zea mays L.) Inbred Lines and Hybrid Performance under Artificial stem borer infestation, Low Nitrogen and Non-stress Environments

Research Description

Low soil nitrogen (low N) and stem borer attack are two of the major stresses limiting maize production in sub-Saharan Africa. Identification of maize inbred lines combining resistance and tolerance to these stresses and hybrids with superior performance can significantly contribute to food security and poverty alleviation in the sub-region. The study identified maize inbred lines that could serve as sources of resistance and tolerance to both stresses as well as hybrids with superior performances across the stressed conditions.


Biratu Gizachew Kebede

University of Addis Ababa (PhD )

Research Topic

Options of Integrated Soil Fertility Management to Improve Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) Productivity in Zambia

Research Description

This PhD research is being conducted under rain-fed condition in Zambia. As stated in the title, our main objective is to look for Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) options that can be possible in Zambia. The specific objectives are to assess the current soil fertility management practices for cassava filed by the local communities, to investigate the combined effect of both organic and inorganic fertilizer on cassava, and to see the comparative response of local and improved cassava varieties for N and K fertilizer application.


Aghimien Ehimwenma Victor

University of Ibadan (PhD )

Research Topic

Above-ground bole carbon stock estimation using forest inventory and remote sensing data for the secondary forest ecosystem in IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria

Research Description

The research thesis is aimed at knowing the amount of carbon stock sequestered in IITA secondary forest ecosystem by integrating forest inventory and remote sensing data techniques.


Ade -Oni Victoria

University of Ibadan(PhD )

Research Topic

Geospatial models for prediction of tree stem volume for the secondary forest in Ibadan, Nigeria

Research Description

Geospatial models such as kriging technique autocorrelate a group of measured points to create prediction surfaces. Creation and precision of prediction surfaces, make geospatial models more suitable than regression models for Tree Stem Volume (TSV) estimation. However, the versatility of kriging technique has not been adequately explored in TSV estimation.

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