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Thematic Paper Presentation: Compatibility assessment of agroecology and CSA practices

DeSIRA-LIFT co-organised two events as part of the 2022 Biennial Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Stakeholder Conference. One of them was a thematic paper presentation entitled “Compatibility assessment of agroecology and Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices.”

 

The event aimed to discuss agroecological approaches and practices which contribute to climate resilience and concrete ways in which agroecology can support adaptation and mitigation strategies. The event took place in a hybrid mode in Accra, Ghana, and online, on 14 September 2022.

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Speakers' bio data and presentations:

Dr. Baitsi Kingsley Podisi

Moderator | CCARDESA

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Dr. Baitsi Kingsley Podisi works at CCARDESA as the CAADP-XP4 Regional Programme Coordinator.
Podisi has a PhD in animal breeding and has over 30 years’ experience in the agricultural research and development sector. He spent a long career of over 20years as a reseacher at the Botswana Department of Agricultural Research before he joined CCARDESA in 2013 as the Research & Advisory Services Thematic Coordinator (RASC). The RASC role entailed coordinating the performance of agricultural research and advisory services projects as well as developing initiatives/ concept notes for investment, facilitating capacity building; analysing and sharing lessons and experiences of the agricultural R&D systems in the region. In 2020, he was assigned the role of coordinating the CAADP-XP4 Regional Programme.

The CAADP-XP4 regional programme is an EU funded initiative of the Development of Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA) which is financed through IFAD. It is intended to boost the transformation of innovation in agriculture and food systems in partner countries to make them more resilient to climate change and more responsive to development demands.

Maria Luisa Paracchini

JRC

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Dr. Maria Luisa Paracchini is a project officer at the Joint Research Centre, a Directorate General of the European Commission. In her work, Dr. Paracchini provides scientific support to EU policy on ways to monitor, assess, and enhance environmental sustainability in farming. Ecosystem services and biodiversity in agriculture are themes to which she has dedicated two decades of research. She is currently carrying out analyses on agroecology at EU and global level with a focus on Africa, in support of EU’s international partnership and development policy.

Pablo Tittonell

CONICET/University of Groningen

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Pablo Tittonell is Principal Research Scientist by Argentina’s National Council for Science and Technology (CONICET) with a seat at the Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA), in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, and holds a part time WWF-endorsed Chair Professorship on Resilient Landscapes by the Groningen Institute of Evolutionary Life Sciences, in The Netherlands. He is the former national coordinator of the Natural Resources and Environment Program of INTA and former Chair Professor of Farming Systems Ecology at Wageningen University, in The Netherlands. He acts as external Professor at the Ecole Doctorale GAïA of the University of Montpellier, France, and at the National University of Lomas de Zamora, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

He is an agronomist by training and worked both in the private sector and in academic/research organisations. He holds a PhD in Production Ecology and Resource Conservation and his areas of expertise include soil fertility, agroecology, biodiversity and farming systems analysis. He is a board member of the Montpellier-based Agropolis Foundation, of the Latin American Society for Agroecology (SOCLA), chief editor of Agricultural Systems and editorial board member of the journals Global Food Security, Agronomy for Sustainable Development and Land Degradation and Development. He published more than 100 scientific papers in international journals, consults for the FAO and for three of the collaborative CGIAR programs, and supervises a number of PhD students with fieldwork in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Suwilanji Sinyangwe

FANRPAN

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Suwilanji Sinyangwe is an enthusiastic sustainable agriculture practitioner and policy researcher, with over 5 years of experience working in the environment and natural resources sector. Suwilanji is adept in program coordination and management with evidence-based advocacy, actions that foster partnership to advance an inclusive approach to address climate and environmental challenges. In addition, positively influences public policies and practices in the context of climate justice, poverty reduction and addressing sustainable development issues in Africa. His main area of interest is agroecology and climate smart agriculture.

Oluyinka Adewoyin

Department of Crop Science and Horticulture, Federal University, Oye, Nigeria

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Dr Adewoyin Oluyinka B., a Lecturer at the Department of Crop Science and Horticulture, Federal University Oye, Oye-Ekiti, Nigeria, holds B.Sc, M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Agronomy (Horticulture option) from the University of Ibadan. She is the Zonal Coordinator for Horticultural Society of Nigeria, South-West Zone. She has been educator for over 30 years and a researcher, mentor, facilitator, and consultant. Her research interest covers Horticultural Crop Production, Organic Agricultural Crop Production Practices and Postharvest Studies. She is a certified Master Trainer (Comcashew) on cashew production and value chain (GIZ), an award winner for poster presentation at the Organic World Congress in India (OWC 2017), certified in Innovation and Scaling. She acted as Pillar Implementer for Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Project in Nigeria and Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA) on organic vegetable innovative platform. She is a reviewer for many international and local journals and published book chapters and journal papers. She is passionate on enhancing food security, sustainable development and restoration of ecosystems through EOA.

Adebola Adedugbe

Farmideas, Nigeria

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Adebola Adedugbe is the programme manager at Farmideas Nigeria. He holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. His previous and current professional works have consistently focused on agricultural transformation, youth, climate change and rural development issues. He has intensively interacted with farmers, stakeholders, and scientists from various disciplines and cultural backgrounds. As YPARD former coordinator in Abuja, he planned, monitored, and successfully promoted various activities aimed at triggering growth in youth participation in agriculture. He has also developed his research skills by compiling in-depth research results and writing various reports and peer-reviewed articles, some of which he communicated to policymakers and scientists at various fora.

Bernard Vanlauwe

R4D Director at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Kenya

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Iredele is a Researcher and Project Administrative Manager at the Innovation Lab for Policy Leadership in Agriculture & Food Security (PiLAF), University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a recipient of the Structural Transformation of African and Asian Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAAARS+) Fellowship 2022/2023 with Cornell University, USA.

Iredele served as a consultant to World Fish, Malaysia between 2020 and 2021 where he was team lead and coordinator of the data collection on a survey to determine the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the fish and poultry value-chains across eight states in Nigeria. Since 2016, he has been a Research Field / In-country Coordinator for several projects funded by USAID and implemented by professors at Michigan State University, USA. In 2018, he led a team of field researchers to conduct the first large survey of maize traders in Nigeria.

He loves interacting with farmers and has acquired extensive experience in conducting stacked surveys.
He holds BSc and MSc degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He also holds an MBA degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. Currently, he is a doctoral student at the Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has strong interest in understanding the nexus between energy and agriculture in addition to energy utilization within the agricultural value-chain in Nigeria. His thesis is focused on the nexus between energy efficiency and international trade.

Iredele Ogunbayo

Innovation Lab for Policy Leadership in Agriculture and Food Security (PiLAF), Nigeria

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Iredele is a Researcher and Project Administrative Manager at the Innovation Lab for Policy Leadership in Agriculture & Food Security (PiLAF), University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a recipient of the Structural Transformation of African and Asian Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAAARS+) Fellowship 2022/2023 with Cornell University, USA.

Iredele served as a consultant to World Fish, Malaysia between 2020 and 2021 where he was team lead and coordinator of the data collection on a survey to determine the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the fish and poultry value-chains across eight states in Nigeria. Since 2016, he has been a Research Field / In-country Coordinator for several projects funded by USAID and implemented by professors at Michigan State University, USA. In 2018, he led a team of field researchers to conduct the first large survey of maize traders in Nigeria.

He loves interacting with farmers and has acquired extensive experience in conducting stacked surveys.
He holds BSc and MSc degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He also holds an MBA degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. Currently, he is a doctoral student at the Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has strong interest in understanding the nexus between energy and agriculture in addition to energy utilization within the agricultural value-chain in Nigeria. His thesis is focused on the nexus between energy efficiency and international trade.

Never Mujere

Department of Geography Geospatial Sciences and Earth Observation, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

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Never Mujere is a PhD candidate working as a lecturer, researcher and consultant in the Department of Geography at the University of Zimbabwe. His research interests are in the field of Water Resources, Agriculture and Environmental issues.

He has published more than 20 papers and chapters in per reviewed journals and books. Never has presented more than 30 papers in local and international fora. He a member PELUM Zimbabwe, Climate Action Network Zimbabwe, Network of Organic Agriculture Researchers in Africa (NOARA).

Funmilayo Mary Oloyede

Department of Crop Production and Protection, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

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Funmilayo Mary Oloyede is a Senior Lecturer of Agronomy. She is the Deputy Director of Centre for Entrepreneurship Studies and former Deputy Director of Research and Innovation Management, Office of the Vice-Chancellor, of Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria.

She holds B.Sc. Botany (2000), M.Sc. Plant Science (2005) and Ph.D. Plant Science (Horticulture and Crop Physiology options) (2011), all of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Nigeria.
Her research focus is the agronomic evaluation and analysis of chemical compositions (nutrients and bioactive compounds) of horticultural crops, most especially the neglected and underutilized plant species. Hence, the biodiversity of a number of such crops has been conserved, and their agronomic package developed.

Victor Olowe

Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Nigeria

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Victor Olowe started his research carrier as a Senior Researc,h Fellow in 1990 at the National Cereals Research Institute, Badeggi, Nigeria under Oilseeds Research Programme. He later transferred his service to the Research and Development Centre (RESDEC) now Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta as Research Fellow I/Lecturer I in 1993. He was promoted to the rank of Research Professor in 2008. In his over 30 years in academics, he has acquired relevant experience in project conception, execution, monitoring, research methodologies, impact assessment and recently organic agriculture. He is very vast in multi-disciplinary research and a very good team player. He has participated in local, regional and international research projects on organic agriculture and funded by national and international donor agencies. Professor Olowe’s main area of research interest is agronomy of tropical oilseeds and has contributed several publications as articles in learned journals, refereed conference proceedings, technical reports, chapters in books, and papers read at conferences to learning in his field. He is currently a World Board Member of the International Society for Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) and immediate past President, Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria.

Anthony Imoudu Oyeogbe

University of Ibadan, Nigeria

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Anthony Oyeogbe has a Ph.D. in Agronomy from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, Indian. His research focuses on ecological practices and innovative digital technologies for improving soil health, crop productivity, and environmental sustainability.

Dr. Oyeogbe has been recognized globally for sustainable agronomy. For example, Young African Phosphorus Scholar by the African Plant Nutrition Institute, 2021; Resident Fellow at the Polish Institute of Advanced Studies, Warsaw, 2021-2022; Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Rostock, Germany, 2019-2020; Visiting Scholar at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Germany, 2014; and Green Talents – High Potential in Sustainable Development by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, 2013.

Dr. Oyeogbe is currently a lecturer and researcher at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Temitayo Adeyemo

Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, Nigeria

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Temitayo is a research fellow in Nigeria’s foremost think tank, the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) since 2018. Prior to that she had doctorate in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; and a post-doctoral fellowship with BiomassWeb, University of Bonn, Germany. Her research has focused on farming systems and the nexus with value chains/web, sustainable output, food security and resilience. She has mostly used quantitative data to investigate impact of this on food security and livelihoods of agricultural actors. Her involvement in policy research has deepened her use of data to include key directions to inform policy framework in the Agricultural and food policy space in Nigeria.

Adeola Oloyede

Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

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Adeola Oloyede Ph.D. is a currently a postdoctoral research fellow with the ALL-IN Unilorin Maize Research group, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Economics in the same institution. She is a multidisciplinary researcher. Her research interests include environmental sustainability, gender, green growth, resilience to climate change induced shocks among smallholder farmers and agricultural development economics in sub-Saharan Africa. She held a research fellow at the African Studies Center, Leiden, Germany, and she also worked as a team member on projects which include Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa, Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa and West Africa Productivity Programme in Nigeria. She has worked on ways to promote environmental sustainability and issues relating to small- scale farmers.

Ogunnaike Gbemisola

Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria

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Dr. Maria Gbemisola Ogunnaike is an accomplished scientist, researcher and lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye in Ogun State, Nigeria. She holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics (Agricultural Development and Policy Analysis option) and Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Farm Management from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria, after her Bachelor degree in Agricultural Economics from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria. Dr. Ogunnaike is specialized in Agroecology and a highly accomplished policy/research analyst in, agribusiness and value chain development; gender analysis as well as the adoption of climate smart agriculture and project management. She is visionary young professional agricultural economist with exceptional human relations and communication skills. She has been awarded several grants including The AAEA Trust Fund: Conference Grant to attend & Present Paper at Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) 2018 Annual Meeting at Washington DC., USA; the Seeds of Change Scholarship Fund: Conference grant to attend & Present Poster at Seeds of Change Conference 2019, Jointly Funded by Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research and University of Canberra.

Taofeeq Yekinni

Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

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Dr. Taofeeq Yekinni is a lecturer at the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. He had his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in the department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development of this university. His research areas include ICT (Information and communication technology) in development, sustainable agricultural practices, agricultural enterprises, rural sociology, research methodology, and agricultural programmes and policies. Dr. Yekinni has 17 years of experience in teaching and research in the Nigerian university system.

Aline Mwintome Naawa

WASCAL Doctoral Program, Lomé University, Togo

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Aline Mwintome Naawa is a WASCAL Doctoral scholarship beneficiary studying Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management at the University of Lomé, Togo. She holds an MPhil in Environment and Resource Studies and a BA in integrated development studies from the University for Development Studies. Aline has over 8 years of experience in sustainable development and natural resource management mainly within the agricultural sector. She gained experience from working with local NGOs and International organizations such as CIKOD, UN-Habitat, and AFC Consultants International on using climate-smart agricultural practices to increase food production among smallholder farmers in the North of Ghana. With climate change expecting to increase the frequency of wildfires, she is currently interested in using geospatial tools to identify wildfire susceptibility within the west African sub-region in other to reduce shocks in agriculture.

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