Repositioning Insect Science for Sustainable Food Security and Economic Growth in Nigeria.


ABSTRACT: The paper defines entomology and gives the characteristics of. and reasons for studying insects. The roles played by insects at all stages of the food chain (production, processing, marketing and storage) and their impact on agriculture and sustainable food
security in Nigeria are described. The areas needing reforms to reposition insect science for food security and economic growth in Nigeria include entomology curricula at all levels of education: electronic-based teaching and research in entomology: extension entomology: and pest control service. The reforms needed at the pre-college and college levels have to do more with delivery than with adequacy or relevance of the curriculum; teachers need to be more equipped with teaching aids. Whereas at the undergraduate level, the reform should include introduction of new courses such as entrepreneurship in entomology. at the post-graduate level the needed reforms are in the areas of adequacy. relevance and delivery of existing curricula.
Entomological research conducted should be guided by each institution’s relative strengths in personnel and facilities. Extension entomology education should emphasize integrated pest management and the practice of pest control should no longer be left in the hands of illiterates. Finally, the paper advocates the establishment of a National Museum of Natural History to foster creation of scientific awareness among the youths. evolve a national policy on environmental conservation. and provide identification service on natural history objects.

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