End of Project Dissemination Event for BASICS.

The CRS BASICS project team organized a one-day virtual dissemination event on June 24, 2020 to mark the end of BASICS. The virtual event was attended by over 200 participants including CRS Nigeria’s partners on the project: Foundation for Justice Development and Peace (FJDP) Makurdi, Caritas Gboko, Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) Otukpo, FJDP Katsina-Ala, Kejie Health Foundation and Benue State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (BNARDA). In attendance were also a representative of the Catholic Bishop of Makurdi and stakeholders from Central Bank of Nigeria, National Agricultural Seeds Council, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Crest Agro,  Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA), National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), IITA GoSeed, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), International Potato Centre (CIP), and Farm Innovation Nigeria Ltd. In his opening remarks, CRS Nigeria’s Deputy Country Representative – Programs, Dane Fredenburg welcomed participants to the event and provided a background on the programs implemented by the organization under three broad areas; health systems strengthening, agriculture and livelihoods, and emergency response, recovery and resilience. The CRS team lead for BASICS, Oluwatosin Oni, also made a presentation on the achievements of the project over its five-year duration including the engagement, training and mentoring of 136 seed entrepreneurs, establishment of the first lab-to-field Semi-Autotropic Hydroponics technology cassava plantlets in conjunction with IITA, identification of seed entrepreneurs and registration of their network and five chapters, market day promotions and research, studies, among others. For more details, see the publication via the link below. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yBFBi-xYSFdZwJ4QNa9Zho_b8sLdwR9L/view?usp=sharing

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