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Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Capacitating One Health in Eastern and Southern Africa (COHESA) workshop

22 Nov, 2022

Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Capacitating One Health in Eastern and Southern Africa (COHESA) workshop   Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources is hosting a collaborative workshop with COHESA to build the capacity of higher educational institutions to educate, train and empower the attendants to tackle One Health issues. The workshop consists of delegates from the World Bank, International Livestock Research Institute, Inter University Council For East Africa, University of Pretoria, Southern African Region University Association, Cirad and SADC. It is a 3-day workshop where delegates will map One Health Competencies and curriculum development in Southern Africa. COHESA is about insuring better health in aspects of human existence i.e environment, animal health, food safety and the overall ecosystem. Prof. Meulenburg in her welcome remarks, said that the main objective of COHESA is to encourage collaboratives amongst different sectors of health in Southern Africa and East Africa. BUAN in the eyes of COHESA is a multiplier as it has an education and research mandate that can build capacity of different service providers. Prof Meulenburg gave an example of one health as an instance of food safety challenges due to overuse of pesticides to pest and disease outbreaks in plants all caused by climate change. The event was officially opened by Prof Ketlhalogile Mosepele who in his opening speech stated that one of BUAN’s thematic areas of the research intensification pillar is to have increased collaboration with external partners. He believes that COHESA project is helping BUAN to achieve that area. Thus, this project has been adopted by the right institution as the world is currently facing unprecedented, interconnected threats to health of people, animals and the environment: addressing these threats requires cross sectoral systems wide approaches. Essentially, One Health unpacks the Agricultural and Natural Resources sphere across its value chain and therefore presents a compelling argument for multidisciplinary in research. He also said that it is inevitable that a university like BUAN should be in the forefront of this initiative because all aspects of human existence. And it is ready and willing.           Lie       Comment     Share      

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The Botswana University of Agriculture & Natural Resources (BUAN) hosts scientists from ILRI and ICRISAT

27 Oct, 2022

On the 25th to 27th October 2022 The Botswana University of Agriculture & Natural Resources (BUAN) hosted scientists from International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) from Nairobi, Kenya.   ILRI mission is to improve food and nutritional security and to reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. ICRISAT conducts agricultural research for rural development to equip the less priviledged through making farming and agribusiness profitable in the drylands.   The initiative is supported by the Ministry of Communication, Knowledge and Technology through the Department of Research, Science and Technology. This event was culmination of previous visit by Botswana to Kenya in July this year. The Botswana delegation to Kenya was led by Honourable Minister Segokgo and included Permanent Secretaries from the ministry and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and scientists from BUAN and NARDI.   These exchange visits are meant to discuss possible opportunity for collaboration between Botswana agricultural research centres and these two international organisations. The discussions at BUAN were centred on how Botswana can improve, through research, productivity of the main staple food resources suitable for arid conditions such as sorghum, millet, pulses and ruminant livestock.   The opportunities and benefits that could be availed by these resources in rural economies is dependent on utilization of the crops and livestock in terms of supply of organic manure from livestock and feedstuff from crop residues. With climate change on us, the challenges of limited nutrition at household level and unemployment forces us to think differently and innovatively around efficiency of production in farms. Therefore, the interaction between BUAN, NARDI and MoA scientists with visitors from Kenya was to kick start a meaningful collaboration for future national food security.   This collaboration with Botswana is not  the first, in the 1980s, both ILRI as International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA) and ICRISAT worked with Department of Agricultural Research in livestock and arable research which culminated in the release of known sorghum, millet and groundnut varieties such as Mahube, BSH1 and Phofu (Sorghum), Bontle and Legakwe (Millet) and Nakwana, Peolwane and Tsosabana (groundnuts). Currently, ILRI and Botswana has a project on One Health, involving several local stakeholders and BUAN is coordinating the project on behalf of Botswana.

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Scientific Writing Workshop for Graduate Students

16 Sep, 2022

To ensure that BUAN achieves its mandate of becoming an Innovative and Research-Intensive University in Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Faculty of Research and Graduate Studies together with Graduate Students’ Association conducted a scientific writing workshop which aimed at helping students to formulate and produce research proposals that could catapult the University.   The workshop was held on the 16th September 2022 and the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Prof Samodimo Ngwako welcomed the attendants to the workshop. He informed them that the faculty and Association saw it fit to organize the workshop to impart knowledge on research proposal as research formed an integral part of their studies. He urged all to listen attentively, participate and ask questions where needed to understand and be informed.   Amongst the facilitators of the workshop were Prof. Torimiro who gave a guide on writing a concept note. He taught the attendants how to identify a good research topic, characteristics of a good research topic, why there is need to write a concept note.   Ms Clift-Hill gave a lecture on writing an introduction and how to use figures and tables correctly. She emphasized that the introduction should hook the reader in research proposals, thesis, and manuscript. In writing a thesis or a proposal it is very important to conduct research as it helps the author or researcher to know if the research, they are embarking on has been done before. If it has been done before then a literature review will help with identifying the gaps in that field. Prof Omoloye spoke to the attendants about the different types of literature reviews and ways of organizing information in literature reviews. He also spoke of how to effectively integrate information in a literature review. He closed of his presentations by speaking of using mind maps to formulate discussions and results in a research paper. During this workshop the library department also gave a presentation on how to retrieve information from the BUAN online database and library. Ms Sechaba demonstrated step by step how to access the information and how to reference. She assured the students that the librarians were always ready to assist them. Ms Gopolang also went on to teach the attendants how to reference their sources.   During this workshop there were group discussion where participants got to interact with each other in regards to the topics that were discussed. “I had a wonderful time I wish we have more of such workshops as It was a very informative." Said one of the participants

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CICE

Background The Centre for In-service and Continuing Education (CICE) is the outreach arm of the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN), the former Botswana College of Agriculture (BCA). It was opened in 1995 to extends BCA’s mandate through provision of quality in-service and continuing education in agriculture and natural resources. The CICE designs, develops and delivers training in Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) accredited courses that are market driven. The mode delivery for the courses includes lectures, practical work, demonstration, discussions and excursions with a 30:70 Theory to Practical proportions. The CICE operates with a team of highly qualified, experienced and dedicated staff of Botswana University of Agricultural and Natural Resources (BUAN) academic staff.  Other expertise is sourced locally from the Ministry of Agriculture Development and Food Security, other ministries, parastatals, private organizations and international organizations, as and when necessary.                        Mission Statement The Centre for In-service and Continuing Education (CICE) is the outreach department of the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources with responsibilities to: Promote, co-ordinate and deliver short-term courses in Agriculture and related fields; Produce, develop, publish and disseminate training, extension, information and other materials Promote and conduct pilot studies, projects, workshops and other outreach activities Promote linkages between agricultural research, extension services and training Liaise with different establishment CICE committees that direct, manage and advise in respect of the administration and activities of the Centre.

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MITI

Ag Director : Dr Kerapetse Sehularo DAHP, BVMS, MVM History The Meat Industry Training Institute (MITI) was established in 1984 through an agreement between Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Rome (working in conjuction with the government of Denmark) and the government of Botswana. At that point it was called the Regional Training Centre for Meat Inspectors and Meat Technologists in Africa. In 1991, the FAO handed over running of the training institute to the govermentof Botswana and managed by the Department of Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture. The institution was re-named Meat Inspection Training Centre (MITC). In order to enhance the academic profile of the institute so as to meet the demands of  its main stakeholders, the Institute was taken-over by the Botswana College of Agriculture now Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources on the 01 st of April 2012. Since its establishment, over 1,900 participants from 45 African countries have undergone training at the Institute. MITI also recieved students from the European Union on internship programme in the area of Veterinary Public Health. MITI Strategic Intent MITI envisages becoming a Centre of Excellence for the meat industry in Africa. The Institute will focus on cutting edge research and training. The institute  will interact with its stakeholders through provision of excellent service in the areas of accommodation, abattoir services, meat and meat related consultancies and events hosting . This is in line with BUAN vision-mission of vibrant world class university that produces market ready graduates for agricultural and natural sectors. Existing Programmes Certifcate in Meat Inspection: A six (6) months intensive programme with focus on food safety management system (HACCP) in particular meat and meat products, meat inspection, animal welfare, zoonosis, animal health and food safety legislation.  Upcoming  academic  programmes: expected to be offered in academic year 2021 Diploma in Meat Inspection: (DMI) Diploma in Leather Products Manufacturing Technology: (DLPMT) Diploma in Meat Processing Technology: (DMPT) Short courses: expected to be offered in academic year 2020 Refresher course for meat Inspectors Meat Handlers Course Level 1 Meat Handlers Course Level 2 Meat Handlers Course Level 3 Meat Processing Course Level 1 Reaserch focus  Food safety especially meat and meat products Meat science Animal welfare Animal health Legislation Contact details Postal Address: Meat industry Training Institute Private Bag 45  Lobatse Physical Address: Boswelatlou Plot 13725 Telephone number: +267 5330671 FAX: +267 5332259 Email:miti@buan.ac.bw

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FARM

Objectives of the farm The first and major objective of the BUAN Farm is to provide facilities and services for teaching: Provide student-managed practical plots Provide demonstration plots for practical classes Provide structures for both crop and livestock demonstrations Provide structures and animals for practical training in animal production Be a facility for Field Practical Training The second objective of the University Farm is to provide facilities for research by: Providing research plots for staff and student projects Providing structures and experimental animals for staff and student research projects Permitting students to carry out meaningful and well-planned research projects during which a lot of practical skills can be acquired. The third objective of the Farm is in commercial production in areas where, there is comparative advantage to produce. This objective will be realized by: Engaging in production areas which are profitable under Botswana conditions. Developing the attitudes of students towards working with their hands to acquire some good working habits. Serving as a model to the farming community in Botswana and thus send the message that farming in Botswana can be a viable economic option

 

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All Africa Conference for Animal Agriculture (16 - 19 August 2022) - ONLINE

First call for Abstracts Instructions in Formatting of the Abstract [See under downloads on the website] The abstract should be ONE Page and consists of the following sections; [It should fit in the One Page template attached] Title: Should be concise, not too lengthy and capture main points of research Introduction: Briefly introduce the research, highlighting the problem and stating the objectives Materials and Methods: Describe the methods used to carry out the study. These should be brief yet comprehensible enough for readers to follow what was done. Results and Conclusion: Describe the results as vividly as possible. Table or Figures can be used to visually portray the results. A short conclusion should be included. Acknowledgement: Those who supported the study should be acknowledge here Reference: A maximum of three references should be included There is going to be Young Scientists Session All Abstracts should be sent to: AACAA8@buan.ac.bw and copy to Prof O. R. Madibela: omadibel@buan.ac.bw Dr JC Moreki: jmoreki@buan.ac.bw Submission of Abstract will be accepted until 30th June 2022.

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