Akperan Orshi College of Agriculture, Yandev is one of the oldest specialized institutions in Nigeria, established in 1926. The institution has the primary mandate of training middle level manpower, conducting relevant research to achieve farmers plight and extension of research findings that are beneficial to farmers and industries.
Recently, Akperan Orshi College of Agriculture, Yandev was nominated by the Benue State University to support its intention of winning the world bank grant for the establishment of the Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE) in the area of post-harvest management.Indeed, the college participated in the process and performed very well. This made the college relevant on the project and it will interest you to know that BSU has won the grant (CEFTER project). This implies that AOCAY is not just an institution of learning, but is a centre of excellence where farmers, students, and sector partners will interact to solve emerging problems in Agriculture. The College has already extended her intellectual capacity (faculty, laboratories and experimental sites) to other partners for better collaboration where necessary.
Benue State University Makurdi won this World Bank grant after a stiff competition involving more than 100 Universities in this sub-region. The grant is worth $8 million and will cover a period of five years. The World Bank brought this project to give priority to higher education in West and Central Africa in order to address specific human challenges in specific areas where there are skill shortage affecting development, economic growth and poverty.
The Centre for Food Technology and Research has the mandate to promote teaching, research and extension in post harvest science, enhance agricultural productivity and industrial output for the socio-economic advancement of Nigeria and Africa.
Post-harvest losses constitute the major factor contributing to food insecurity in sub-sahara Africa. It is estimated that Africa losses food value at $4.0 billion yearly due to post-harvest losses. The losses lead to stunted development, malnutrition, disease and death of millions of children. The WHO estimates that 3- million farmers in developing countries experience food poison from pesticides and about 18,000 deaths are recorded yearly. Contaminated food contributes to 1.5 billion cases of diarrhea resulting in 3 million deaths of children yearly. Available post harvest technologies are also not the best due to peculiarity of our region.