Education: Ph.D Agricultural Economics Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife M.Phil Agricultural Economics Obafemi Awollwo University, Ile-Ife M.B.A Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife B. Agric. Agric Econs University of Ife Ile-Ife Adv Diploma in Development Economics, Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada
Languages: English Language
LinkedIN Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adeolu-ayanwale-a7ba7813/
Current Company: Obafemi Awolowo University
Current Position: Professor
- Relevant educational background: M.B.A. in Finance, Department of Management and Accounting; M.Phil. in Agricultural Business and Finance as a specialization in Agricultural Economics and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics;
- More than 15 years of international experience in agricultural development with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in production and processing of cassava as a trigger to smallholder farm households’ development and food security in the southwestern Nigeria;
- Outstanding experience with over 20 years in project management;
- Considerable experience in establishment of Monitoring and Evaluation systems especially in research and development interventions. Participated actively in the establishment of effective Monitoring and Evaluation system in the multi-country SSA CP project, as well as the NICANVEG in Nigeria and the MICROVEG projects in Nigeria and Benin Republic. These experiences have spanned over ten (10) years now since 2008;
- Sound experience as a Team Leader obtained in the Sub Sahara African Project of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), working with multi-stakeholders culminating in the establishment of Innovation Platforms in 8 countries in Africa. While working at the IDRC research on Agriculture and Children Nutrition in Nigeria, I led the socioeconomic team in monitoring the linkage between the development of agriculture and child nutrition in southwestern Nigeria. Led the socioeconomic Monitoring and Evaluations Team on IDRC-DFATD project on Underutilized Indigenous Vegetables in Southwestern Nigeria which has developed into the MICROVEG project in Nigeria and Benin Republic now in execution.
- Vast experience of working with donors, national stakeholders and private sector on agricultural / research projects.
- Extensive experience and knowledge in the area of Impact Assessment, having led and participated in various studies at both National and International level, for instance: Participation in World Bank sponsored FADAMA III program in Nigeria; Ex-Ante Impact Assessment of the Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) concept pioneered by the Sub – Saharan Africa Challenge Program (SSA CP) of the FARA; Led the Impact Assessment study of the gender sensitive IDRC-DFATD sponsored CIFSRF study (involving 4 Universities in Nigeria and Canada).
- Outstanding experience as a researcher: My M.Phil. Research on Agricultural Savings impacted on innovative smallholder financing modelling in Oyo State in terms of a lending scheme through the use of Agricultural Cooperatives in the Oyo North Area of Oyo State Nigeria. My PhD research on cassava production and processing ignited the holistic value chain consideration of the cassava enterprise in the Oyo North Area of Oyo State, Nigeria. The results of the research on the use of Information and Communication Technology to improve agricultural productivity in Nigeria resulted in improved livelihoods of the participants relative to non-participants in the participating states. The results of the research on Underutilized Indigenous Vegetables revealed the commercialization indices of the enterprises in the southwest Nigeria showing that not all of the enterprises are commercially viable.
Experience in fundraising in research activities gained while working with the IDRC through the sponsorship of the idea generated out of my Ph.D thesis on the “Impact of Agricultural Development Programme on Child Health and Nutrition in Nigeria” conducted in the Oyo North Area of Oyo State in 1994. There were won several grants from the African Economic Research Consortium, Nairobi, Kenya, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, among others.
- As the Head of Department of Agricultural Economics, raised funds to establish the Statistics and Econometrics Laboratory and furnish the Seminar room from the alumni. We secured an IDRC-DFATD project on “Sustainable Production and Utilization of Underutilized Nigerian Vegetable to Enhance Food Security” in 2011-2014. Afterwards, there was a scaling up version of the project to two countries in West Africa in 2015.