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 ISHAKU Y AMAPU (Project Coordinator)

Professor Ishaku Y Amapu holds a PhD in Soil Science of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.  He joined the services of the Ahmadu Bello University as a fledging Graduate Assistant in the Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture in October 1985. In the 32 years of uninterrupted service in the university, he has had the opportunity of teaching at both the under- and postgraduate levels, and have held many academic, administrative and research leadership positions. Some of the several positions include Assistant Faculty Examinations Officer, Coordinator of the Department’s Undergraduate Programme, and that of Assistant Dean (Postgraduate). He have served as the Provost of the College of Agriculture Kabba, Division of Agricultural Colleges and Head of the Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. These positions have enabled me participate in many boards/committees within and outside the University. Some of these include Faculty Board of Examiners, Senate, Field Practical Training Committee, Postgraduate School Board, Professional and Academic Board Division of Agricultural Colleges, National Association of Heads of Colleges of Agriculture and Related Disciplines, National Fertilizer Technical Committee, Technical Committee (Agriculture) of the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) etc. The opportunities to function in the aforementioned have enabled me acquire a wealth of experience in human and resource management.

He has carried out research work in different fields of agriculture but his major contribution has been in the area of sustainable soil fertility management particularly fertilizer evaluation, mineral nutrition of crops, soil fertility restoration and maintenance. Participation in consultancies and extension work have given him the rare opportunity of not only having very close contacts with farmers, but also putting into practice the theories learnt in classroom situation. He has traveled extensively and participated in many local and international conferences, workshops and collaborative research endeavors, which have enabled him interact with scientists from various backgrounds, creeds and nationalities. This has broadened his scope of the knowledge of Soil Science (agriculture in general), kept him abreast with current knowledge and enabled him have sustained contacts with professional colleagues all over the world. He has written several proposals and attracted grants for research.  Some recent ones include the Site Coordinator of the Kano-Katsina-Maradi (KKM) Pilot Learning Site (PLS) Sub-Sahara Africa Challenge Program (SSA-CP), National Coordinator of the Nigeria Soil Health Consortium implemented in thirteen African countries and National Chairman of the African Soil Information Service (AfSIS)/Nigeria Soil Information System (NiSIS). The teaching and research efforts have resulted in the publication of theses, papers in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings, and presentations of scientific papers at both local and international fora.

 

 

TARFA DAWI BITRUS
Professor Tarfa joined the services of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria as an Assistant Lecturer in 1990 and rose to the rank of Professor in 2009. Tarfa’s working experience includes:
I) Principal investigator for the Optimizing Fertilizer Recommendation in Africa (OFRA) which is being conducted in 13 African Countries-Funded by AGRA through CABI Nairobi
II) Member of the Nigerian Soil Health Consortium implementing team 2014-2017
III) Consultant for Africa Rice and National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI) for the Development, Validation and Scaling out of Rice Advice at Kano, Nigeria- Funded by African Rice SADAC Projct-2014-2017
IV) Consultant for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for the conduct of Nutrient Omission Trials at Kano, Nigeria- Funded by Emergency Rice Project-2014
V) Consultant for the Midterm Internal review of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) funded Critical Ecosystem Management Project (CEMP) in Nigeria-June 2010
VI) Consultant for the Impact assessment of Global Environmental Facility (GEF) funded Critical Ecosystem Management Project (CEMP) in Nigeria-September 2010
VII) State Consultant for World Bank Fadama III Baseline study in Taraba State Nigeria-Janaury –December 2010
VIII) Consultant to National special program on Food Security (NSPFS)for the survey of problem soils at Food security sites-2009
IX) Resource Person, Monthly Technology Review Meeting (MTRM) for rural extension workers in Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Zamfara, Kebbi, Jigawa and Sokoto States – 2001 to date.
X) Coordinator for the Monthly Technology Review Meeting for Kebbi State (2005 – 2009).
XI) Resource person for the training of Fadama II Environmental Officers on the methods of Collection, Preparation and Analysis of soil for Environmental studies. Kaduna Nigeria 13th – 17th November, 2007
XII) Resource Person for the Training of farmers and staff participating in IFDC 1000+ project on Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) since 2007 to date (15 Communities)
XIII) Resource Person for Training Workshop on « Participatory Learning and Action Research for Integrated Soil Fertility Management » for staff of Sokoto Rima River Basin Development Authority Sokoto, Nigeria May 27th – 28th, 2009
XIV) Resource Person for Training Workshop on « Participatory Learning and Action Research for Integrated Soil Fertility Management » for staff of Kano Agriculture and Rural Development
Authority (KNARDA) and Hadeja Jamare River Basin Development Authority Kano, Nigeria 30th June 2009 to 2nd July 2009
XV) Resource Person for the training of 1000 + Project Clusters in Ghana and Nigeria on PLAR-ISFM Approaches to Agricultural Development and Integrated soil fertility, 22nd March –2nd April 2010. He taught many courses (Soil Fertility and Mineral Nutrition of Crops, Soil and Plant Analysis theory and Practical, Soil Fertility, Soil and Crop Nutrition, Advanced Soil Fertility, Intermediate Soil Fertility and Advances in Fertilizer Technology
Professor. Tarfa has so far supervised fifteen (18) undergraduate students’ projects and engaged in the supervision of eight (8) MSC students and one PhD student.
Professor Tarfa has also held the following administrative positions:
(i) Business Manager, Nigerian Journal of Soil and Environmental Research, 2000 to date;
(ii) Seminar Coordinator of Soil Science Department, 2000 to 2005;
(iii) Faculty GENS Coordinator, 2005 to date and member faculty examination malpractice committee;
(iv) Acting Head of Department from time to time;
(v) Acting Programme Leader Farming Systems Research Programme, IAR from time to time.
(vi) Desk Implementation officer for IFAD-IFDC Project in Katsina-Sabbatical leave appointment-2007/2008
He has offered and still offers professional services in Soil fertility evaluation for:
(1) National Special Programme for Food Security SPFS/FOA;
(2) International Centre for Soil Fertility and Development, IFDC
(3) IFAD Projects in Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Jigawa, Yobe and Borno States;
(4) Fadama II projects in Nigeria
Additional certificates
i) Certificate in writing and Development of Research Grant Proposals, Organized by ISNAR, Netherlands, held at the Conference Hall of IAR, ABU, Zaria March 18th – 22nd 1996
ii) Certificate in systems Approach and Simulation Modeling in Agriculture, Organized by IFDC-A, and held at the Conference Hall of IAR ABU, Zaria 4th – 7th February, 2001
iii) Certificate in the use of Models in Agriculture, Organized by IFDC-A, and held at the Conference Hall of IAR ABU, Zaria 9th – 12th April, 2001
iv) Certificate in Systems Approach and Simulation Modeling. Organized by International Centre for Soil Fertility and Agricultural development (IFDC) African Division from 4th – 7th February, 2002 at the Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria
v) Certificate in Fund Raising Fundamentals Organized by PAMOJA, INC. (USA) and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 24th – 28th March 2003
vi) Certificate in internet for Fund Raising Organized by PAMOJA, INC. (USA) and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria 1-3rd April, 2003
vii) Certificate in Scientific data management, organized by CTA and held at University of Agriculture, Abeokuta 21st July – 1st August, 2003
viii) Certificate in Fund Raising Fundamentals Organized by ABU, Zaria 24th – 28th March, 2004
ix) Certificate on Writing Integrated Research Proposal. Organized by FARA/ WECARD under the Sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Program (SSCP) Kano-Katsina-Maradi Learning Site held at International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Kano station, Nigeria from 26th – 30th January, 2006
x) Certificate for International Training on Competitive Agricultural Systems and Enterprises. Organized by International Centre for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development (IFDC) African Division from 3-7 April 2006 held at Sogakope, Ghana
xi) Certificate for International Training on Participatory Learning and Action Research Applied to Integrated Soil Fertility Management in Sub-Saharan Africa. Organized by International Centre for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development (IFDC) African Division from 5th -8th June 2007 held at Katsina Nigeria
xii) Certificate for International Training on Decision Support Tools for Fertilizer Recommendations. Organized by International Centre for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development (IFDC) African Division from July 24th – August 3rd 2007 held at Sogakope, Ghana
xiii) Certificate for International Training on Land Management. Organized by International Centre for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development (IFDC) African Division from May 5th -9th 2008 held at Dutse, Jigawa State Nigeria.
Professor. Tarfa was a member of the Research team in Fertilizer and the development of sustainable agriculture (F&SAD) IFDC-A/IAR Togo Lome Project 1998-2001. Acting Leader of the Research team on Integrated Soil Fertility Management and Input Accessibility (ISFM/IIP) Project of International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC). African Division, Togo Lome and IAR, ABU project 1998-2001. Member of the Research team on the evaluation of maize genotypes to Low nitrogen stress, West and Central African Maize Research Network (WECAMAN) Bouke Cote D’voire and IAR, ABU project 1998-2001, Member of the Research team on Dissemination of Striga tolerant maize varieties, WECAMAN, Bouke Cote Dvoire and IAR, ABU Project 2001-date, Member of the Research team on Dissemination of drought tolerant maize varieties in Katsina, Kano and Borno States of Nigeria, Canada Agency for International Development (CIDA-IITA-IAR/ABU Project) 2002-2003. Member of the Research team on On-Farm Evaluation of Proven Technologies to Control Striga in Africa (SAFGRAD-IAR, ABU) project 1998-date. Lead Scientist on the Determination of Recommended rates of N, P and K for quality protein maize (QPM) in the Nigerian savanna, WECAMAN, Bouke Cote Dvoire and IAR, ABU project 2003-date, Member of Research team on Soil Fertility Management under continuous cultivation 1990 to date.
Member on the Research Team on Evaluation of Sokoto rock phosphate for direct application in the Nigerian savanna 1992-date, Member on the Research team on Evaluation of Agrolyzer liquid fertilizer on maize, sorghum, groundnut and cowpea 1992-1996. Lead Scientist on the study of Effect of Nitrogen and Phosphorus levels on the reaction of four soybean varieties to Alectra vogeli 1995-1996. Lead Scientist on the study of the Effect of some indigenous tree foliage on soil properties and productivity of
two savanna soils 1995-1997. Member of the Research team that surveyed National Special Programme for Food Security pilot sites in Katsina and Zamfara State. Lead Scientist on the Analysis and report of the survey of degraded/marginal lands in International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Community Based Agriculture and Rural Development project areas (CBARP) in Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara and Yobe States. Member of the NGS Task Force for the SSA-KKM Project 2007- 2010. Professor Tarfa attended 20 international and 25 Local conferences and workshops. He has published 6 Technical reports, 30 Journal papers, 16 edited Conference Proceedings and 20 Conference papers. Tarfa also reviewed articles for the Nigerian Journal of Soil and Environmental Research, Nigerian Journal of Soil Research, Savannah Journal – Bayero University Kano, JAT Journal – NBTE Kaduna and Journal of Raw Materials Research, Abuja.

JOSEPH G AKPOKO
Joseph Gambo Akpoko is a Professor of Agricultural Development (Extension) Communication in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Faculty of Agriculture /Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He has 25 years of cognate teaching and research experience in agriculture, rural development and policy issues at the state, federal and international levels. His principal teaching and research interest include agricultural extension, environmental economics, the sociology of agriculture, statistics for social research, gender issues and youth development, rural information dissemination and adoption studies. Akpoko has 47 published articles in reputable national and international journals, 23 papers in edited proceedings, 7 chapters in books as well as unpublished 21 papers presented in local and international conferences and workshops. He has also graduated thirteen (13) Ph.Ds, thirty-six (36) M.Scs., 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Farm Management and Extension, and many first degree graduates. He has given several invited presentations all over the world and one of his great achievements is the appearance of his publication on “Asian Citation Index”.
Currently, he is engaged in writing a contextualized textbook on agribusiness for Higher Schools in Africa with particular interest in case studies in agribusiness inputs and services. This book was initiated and is funded by the African Network for Agriculture, Agro- forestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE), Kenya.
In addition, he had conducted researches for the Kaduna State Fadama II and III Projects, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Sasakawa Global-2000, CIRAD (PIM) Project, the Northern Guinea Savannah (NGS) Task Force (Vegetable Platform) of the Kano-Katsina-Maradi Learning Site of the Sub-saharan Africa Challenge Programme (SSA-CP), IITA/WECAMAN (Ibadan) and the National Coordinator for Research Into Use (RIU/DFID-UK) Project. He has been a member of the IAR/Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS) Project, the Socio-economist of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Soil Health Project, the Millennium Village Project of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Soil Health Project, Consultant to the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP), Abuja , and member Nigeria Soil Health Consortium. He has been a leader of several research studies conducted by the Institute for Agricultural Research of Ahmadu Bello University particularly those that focused on dynamics of economic and technological change.
He was the socio-economist in the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Project implemented by the Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The success of this project had been featured in many radio, TV Programmes and several international magazines.
He has held some administrative leadership positions including Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Kaduna State University, HOD, Dept. of Agric. Economics and Extension., Faculty of Agriculture, Kaduna State University, Assistant Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Coordinator (B.Sc. Agricultural Extension) degree Programme, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, etc. He has graduated many PDG, M.Sc and Ph. D candidates.
Joseph Gambo Akpoko received his PhD in Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.