UniOsun Signs MoU with Two Canadian Universities on Research

Osun State University, (UniOsun) Osogbo, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with two Canadian universities for carrying out research work on ‘Sustainable Production and Utilisation of Under-utilised Nigerian Vegetables to Enhance Rural Food Security’.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Bashiru Okesina, said  at the ceremony, which took place at the main campus of the university in Osogbo where the MoU was signed that six high premium underutilized indigenous vegetables in South West Nigeria have been selected and are being researched in more detail to better define their agronomic practices, nutritional and economic values, the project is being implemented in five states of Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and Oyo in South West Nigeria and through some of the prominent results obtained since the project commenced about two years ago, 18 indigenous leaf vegetables that are eaten across the South-West Region have been identified.

Members of the team of investigators involve in the project are Prof. Clement Akinboye, from UniOsun, who is the Chief Investigator, Prof. Wole Akinremi from Manitoba University, Canada, Prof. Duro Oyedele from OAU, and Prof. Thomas Bouman from Cape Breton University, Canada which is jointly funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF).