“Our ultimate vision is to feed the world, but that has to start with feeding our campus, community, state, country, then region. In five years, Landmark University will be a leader in proactive engagement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), our agrarian agenda will be well developed, and we will be competing with prestigious global institutions.”
Africa’s 1.3 billion population is expected to double by 2050. In 30 years, the continent could be home to a quarter of the world’s population. While the rapid population growth rate raises concerns about Africa’s socio-economic growth and stability prospects, it also presents transformative opportunities.
Nigeria’s Covenant University has rapidly climbed up the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in recent years. It has been recognised as Nigeria’s leading university and within the top 100 universities from emerging markets. Now, with the launch of the Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery, the Ota based institution is targeting a place amongst the world’s elite institutions driving research & development.
Collaboration with industry and international universities will be vital to Covenant’s mission to fund research which tackles humanity’s major challenges through the Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Aderemi Atayero is calling for engagement with the international business and academic communities to combine with indigenous knowledge in order to drive research and innovation.
Tackling the world’s problems must involve educating people to the best of our ability as a society. Throughout time, the world has had to deal with three main problems; Ignorance, poverty and disunity. All communities and countries have the task of trying to deal with these problems while at the same realising sustainable human development. Related to the problems of ignorance, poverty and disunity; we can come up with goals that can help address them. Some of these goals include; sustainable human development, sustainable economic growth which should involve the fair distribution of income, as well as a higher standard of living; and the other goal is realising sustainable, peaceful coexistence.
As a developing country, we have been taking care of our food needs through mostly subsistence farming. The use of rudimentary tools to plough the land has been the norm. We are confronted with the question of how much acreage of land can one plough with these tools to produce enough for the country. Mechanization, therefore, has to be part of our agenda. We have to make the transition from H.T.T (How to Technology) to E.P.T (Engine Powered Technology). The adoption of technology and mechanization will see us rapidly increase the acreage of our food production