Blessing Agada

Blessing Agada

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy

Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi

Research interest: Soil Physics, Productivity

Research Supervisors: Dr. Agber Philip and Dr. Sieglinde Snapp (MSU)

Semesters at MSU: Spring and Fall 2018

In January 2018, Mrs. Blessing Agada arrived at MSU. Dr. Sieglinde S. Snapp, Department of Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences was her MSU supervisor.

On March 31, 2018, Mrs. Agada and 2 other scholar made presentations at African Graduate Students Association (AGSA)’s annual conference at Michigan State University. The title of her presentation was: “Initial influence of erosion on some selected physiochemical soil properties, on the growth and yield of Maize (Zea mays)”.

During Summer 2018, Mrs. Agada returned to Nigeria. She engaged in data collection and started a project to dig profile pits to determine the soil productivity and possibly the soil type.  Using training received at MSU and equipment secured, she started collecting data on soil characteristics with her students during this reporting period. This work is expected to serve as a long term experiment. Mrs. Agada completed her internal exit seminar, (5th of July, 2017) before faculty members and students of the College of Agronomy and the University community, and she is presently working on her dissertation, preparing for her final external defense.

Capacity building of Nigerians

  • May 15-August 15, 2018, University of Makurdi, Benue State, Studying low agricultural productivity in Makurdi, Benue State, Graduate students.
  • Summer semester 2017, Makurdi, Benue State, Studying low agricultural productivity in Makurdi, Benue State Research/Academic Institutions (graduate students)
  • Assisted Dr. Michael Olabisi: R Programming Language: July 9-20, 10-day training on the R Statistical Package at the Center for Petroleum and Energy Economics at the University of Ibadan, Faculty and Graduate Students, Private Sector

Presentations

  • March 31, 2018, African Graduate Students Association (AGSA)’s annual conference at Michigan State University, “Initial influence of erosion on some selected physiochemical soil properties, on the growth and yield of Maize (Zea mays)”, Faculty and Graduate Students
  • April 18,2018, Africa R&D Connect Seminar Series at Michigan State University, “High Agricultural productivity: need for Site specific soil-crop use in Nigeria.” Faculty and Graduate Students
  • April 27, 2018. Prof. S. Snapp Global Change Science Laboratory Meeting at Manly Miles Building MSU. “Soil loss tolerance limit evaluation in Makurdi: A Management tool.”
  • August 16, 2018. Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, Nigeria. Taking the fertilizer conversation further-A focus on site specific soil crop fertilizer use.
  • Nov. 4-8, 2018. Annual meeting of Agronomy Society of America/Crop Science Society of America, Baltimore. High Agricultural productivity need for site-specific crop nutrient management.
  • Nov. 28, 2018. African R and D connect seminar series at PSSB MSU. Productivity and extension issues in Nigeria, Involving University students as a way forward.
  • Nov. 28 2018 (Published Dec. 3, 2018). A podcast chat with the MSUfoodfix team from the MSU communications department. An interdisciplinary approach to agricultural training.