Dr Samson Adeola Odedina holds a M.Sc. in Crop Science from Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port-Harcourt and Ph.D. in Crop Production from the Federal University of Technology, Akure. He also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Agricultural Education from Wolverhampton Polytechnic (now Wolverhampton University) United Kingdom. He obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Vegetable Science and Technology from Beijing Vegetable Research Centre, China in 2000. In 2001, he obtained a Post Ph.D Certificate in Biotechnology from the Brazilian Corporation for Agricultural Research (EMBRAPA).
He joined the services of the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria, on 27th September, 1990 and rose through the ranks to the position of Chief Lecturer in 2012.
Dr Odedina is a Certified Master Trainer in Agricultural Value Chains from Bern University of Applied Science, Switzerland; a Consultant to diverse international development projects and institutions which include: Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (CAVA Phase I and II), HarvestPlus/CIAT Biofortification (Vitamin A Cassava), USAID Markets, Agriculture and Technology Transfer Programme in East Africa (DFID AgriTT) by DFID UK, Swiss Government Capacity Building in Agricultural Extension Programme (CBAEN), CRS Sustainable Cassava Seed System Project, Natural Resource Institute, University of Greenwich UK, Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB) Abeokuta, Ekiti State FADAMA III project, etc. He has in the past, successfully linked the College to several private sector players such as Elizade Nigeria Ltd., Honeywell Group, Matna Foods, Sunshine Cassava Factory, Ondo State, Mic Makin Foods, Blopamed Nigeria Ltd etc., who have all responded to Government interest and investment in Agricultural transformation.
Dr Odedina has participated in International Managerial and Technical Trainings, Workshops and Seminars in several countries which include: Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, China, South Africa, Brazil, Switzerland, Swaziland, Kenya, Germany, Cameroon and Ghana. His exposure and wealth of experience will be of immense value in the College’s mission to produce graduates who can take advantage of emerging opportunities in agricultural and related sectors
Until his appointment as the substantive Provost of the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure in January 2015, he was a Chief Lecturer in the Department of Crop Production and also the Coordinator of World Bank West Africa Productivity Project (WAAPP) and FAO/FGN/SSC/Regional Multi Service Extension Centre (REMSEC) at the College. He currently has over 58 publications in national and international media.