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Professor Kolawole Adebayo is a professor of rural development communication at the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB). He joined services of FUNAAB in 1995 as a Graduate Assistant having graduated with a First Class Honours as the university’s overall best graduating student. As a student at FUNAAB, Dr. Adebayo popularly called Amsterdam won every available laurel. He won the Departmental Best Academic Performance Award from 1990 to1993; the Departmental Proficiency Award from 1990 to 1993; the Deans’ Honour from 1990 to 1993; the Vice-Chancellors’ Honour from 1990 to 1993; Best All-round Graduating Student Award in 1994; the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Postgraduate Scholarship from 1996 to 1998 and the Federal Government Postgraduate Scholarship in 1997.
Dr. Adebayo’s services at the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta had earned him the Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for the successful conduct of Students Union Elections in December, 2002; Director, Research and Development (RESDEC)’s Appreciation for contributions to the Best Overall Rating of UNAAB at the Nigerian universities Research and Development (NURESDEV) Fair in 2005; the Director, Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC)’s Commendation on the successful conduct of the 11th Annual Conference of the Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria, hosted by UNAAB in April, 2006 as well as the Vice Chancellor’s Appreciation for the successful conduct of the 14th and 15th Convocation Ceremonies of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in March, 2008.
Dr. Adebayo is the Pioneer President of the UNAAB Alumni Association. He initiated the Association in 1996 along with eight other alumni and served first as the Chairman of the Facilitating Committee for two years (1996-1998) before being elected President at the inaugural Alumni Convention in January, 1998.
Dr. Adebayo is a brilliant, highly dependable asset of FUNAAB. His research and development work delves into the uptake and dissemination of agricultural innovations in smallholder farming systems; management and sustainable funding of agricultural development as well as rural livelihoods and management of the environment. He has successfully participated in several international and multi-disciplinary development initiatives. These include: Assessment of formal and informal education in the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, sponsored by the FAO in 1995-1996; Trade liberalization and sustainable environment in the export crop sector in Nigeria sponsored by UNEP in 1999-2001; Commercialization of traditional foods and sustainable rural livelihoods, sponsored by UK’s DFID 1999-2002; Development of the small and medium scale enterprise sector producing cassava based products to meet emerging urban demand in West Africa, sponsored by the European Union (2003-2006) and; Rural-urban migration, poverty and sustainable environment sponsored by CICRED, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2003-2005; Dynamics of the technology adoption process in rural-based cassava processing systems in southwest Nigeria sponsored by International Foundation for Science (IFS), Sweden in 2004-2006; Potential adoption and profitability of the cassava peeler in the cassava processing systems of southwest Nigeria sponsored by the International Foundation for Science (IFS), Sweden (2008-2011); Adding Value to Waste in the Cassava Processing-Goat Keeping Systems in Nigeria for The World Bank (2009-2011) and Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA) on secondment to the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation (2008-2013). He has also consulted for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Federal Ministry of Environment (Nigeria) and the National Fadama Development Programme (FADAMA III).
He is currently the university’s Director of Grants Management and Project Director of the second phase of the multi-million dollars, multinational CAVA II Project.
Globally, Dr. Adebayo in recognized as rural and international development expert and had won several accolades to boot. He won the Commonwealth Spit-site Doctoral Scholarship (Used at the University of Reading, United Kingdom in 2001, two consecutive International Foundation for Science (IFS) Research Grant between 2004 and 2006; the Junior Chambers International (JCI) Outstanding Young Persons Award in 2006 as well as the World Bank Development Marketplace Competitive Grant in 2008. He is the author or co-author of five books and more than 70 other academic publications. His academic work is one of the leading contributions to the cassava sector in Africa.