To develop the research and educational capacity in Sub-Sahara Africa in the field of nematology, or the study of roundworms, a joint Erasmus+ KA2 project was recently launched. The Erasmus+ project, Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE): Nematology Education in Sub-Sahara Africa (NEMEDUSSA), is a joint effort by a consortium of Universities from Sub-Sahara Africa and Europe.
This three-year project (2021-2023) is co-funded by the European Union (Erasmus+ KA2 CBHE) and VLIR-UOS, and is linked to the objectives of the Erasmus+ Programme. The aims are to encourage cooperation between the EU and Partner Countries and support eligible Partner Countries in addressing challenges in the management and governance of their higher education institutions.
Specifically, NEMEDUSSA aims to increase awareness of nematodes and expand educational and research capacities in higher education and other institutions in Sub-Sahara Africa in this field. Nematodes or roundworms cause significant damage and yield loss to a wide variety of crops often together with other pathogens. Unfortunately, nematodes are often overlooked or misdiagnosed, resulting in the unnecessary use of unhealthy agro-chemicals. Nematodes can also be used as bio-control agents against insect pests and/or as bio-control agents for environmental health and biodiversity.
Despite the profound adverse impact plant-parasitic nematodes have on productivity worldwide, it is striking how concealed the discipline of nematology has remained, particularly in Sub-Sahara Africa. This project aims to address the need for increased capacity and specialised training in handling these pathogens, so that plant-parasitic nematodes are managed correctly and beneficial nematodes can be implemented as biocontrol organisms.
The work of this project is further supported by 36 associated partners from the private and public sectors in Sub-Sahara Africa.
The NEMEDUSSA Group in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria is the Leader of Work package 7 (WP7) which is responsible for dissemination of information about some activities of the NEMEDUSSA project.
The Group members (from ABU, Zaria) comprises of Prof. P.S. Chindo who was the team leader of the group at ABU, until his sudden demise in April, 2021. Other members are:
1. Julius Bulus
2. Christopher Okolo
3. Musa Nasamu Bawa
4. Donald Iryochi
5. Tina Andrew
For more information about the NEMEDUSSA project, please see www.nemedussa.ugent.be or contact us at email@example.com.