Agronomist, specialized in farming systems, soil fertility and technology transfer




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FATUNBI Abiodun Oluwole (PhD)




SUMMARY


I am an academic /research and development scientist with progressive experience as an Agronomist, specialized in farming systems, soil fertility and technology transfer. I possess a doctorate degree in Agronomy, Masters in Agronomy (Crop science) and Bachelor of Science degree in General agriculture (Crop science). My professional work activities encompassed diverse research and development projects, with primary interest in resource and crop management towards sustainable agricultural production.


Prior to joining University of Fort Hare in 2005, I worked in various positions; at the Total Development International Foundation (TODEV), ARATI Environmental Limited, African Child Care, Savannah Sugar Company and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan (as a Visiting Research Fellow).

I have expertise in a broad range of issues related to rural development and food security in sub-Saharan Africa.

I have extensive skills in field and laboratory based research methodologies in agronomy, farming systems, soil fertility, renewable resource, nutrient management and technology transfer. I also have skills in plant and soil laboratory analysis techniques. I have the ability to conceptualize and manage research and development projects; effectively oversee staff and resources. I possess the ability to effectively teach courses in basic crop science, soil fertility/microbiology, plant nutrition, general agronomy, farming systems and experimental design at both graduate and undergraduate level.


My research interest spans across the following subject matter;

  • Adaptation of novel farming system for enhanced but; sustainable agrarian livelihood.

  • Harnessing the locally available resources (Including indigenous knowledge, crops and landscape) for poverty reduction in the agrarian communities.

  • Technology generation for profitable yield in organic agriculture.

  • Identification of alternative (non-food) crops for biofuel production.

  • Waste management, nutrient recycling in agro ecosystem and compost development and utilization.

  • Land degradation ecology and sustainable rangeland management.

  • Modeling technology transfer.


Recent Publications
Fatunbi A.O and Dube S (2008). Land degradation evaluation n a game reserve in Eastern Cape of South Africa: Soil properties and Vegetation cover. Scientific Research and Essay Vol. 3(2) 111 - 119.
Fatunbi A.O, Johan M.S and Dube S (2008). Long term effect of different burning frequencies on the dry savannah grassland in South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research. Vol. 2(3) 147-153.
Fatunbi A.O and Dube S (2008). The influence of physical landscape and soil properties on the threshold of rangeland degradation. Grassroots Vol. 8(1) 15-21.
Fatunbi A.O., Hayashi Y., Adeoye G.O. and Tian G. (2005). Effects of mineral fertilizer and foliage of local trees and non-woody species on the soil macro-fauna density in the Guinea savannah of Nigeria. Bowen Journal of Agriculture. 2(2)143-153.
Fatunbi A.O., Hayashi, Y., Tian,G. and Adeoye, G.O. (2005). The effectiveness of different forms of organic amendments for maize production in the Guinea savannah of Nigeria. Bowen Journal of Agriculture. 2(2)191-202
Fatunbi A.O, Sambo J and Dube S (2008). Optimum burning frequency for soil health and grass biomass production in a savannah sweet thornveld of South Africa. A paper presented at the combined congress of the South Africa society of soil, crop and horticultural societies at Rhoades University Grahamstown. January 21st – 24th, 2008.




Fatunbi A.O and Dube S (2007). The influence of physical landscape and soil properties on the threshold of land degradation. A paper presented at the 42nd congress of Grassland Society of South Africa and 4th annual meeting of the thicket forum At Eden grove, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. 16th -20th July 2007.
Mota, L., Moyo B., Dube S, Fatunbi A.O and Masika P.J (2007). Perception of farmers on resources, condition and management of communal rangeland in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.. A paper presented at the 42nd congress of Grassland Society of South Africa and 4th annual meeting of the thicket forum At Eden grove, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. 16th -20th July 2007.
Trust, M., Dube S and Fatunbi A.O (2007). The Evaluation of Bushwhacker SC. (Bromacil) efficacy for the control of Acacia karoo in Eastern cape , South Africa. A paper presented at the 42nd congress of Grassland Society of South Africa and 4th annual meeting of the thicket forum At Eden grove, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. 16th -20th July 2007.

Mota, L., Moyo B., Dube S, Fatunbi A.O and Masika P.J (2007). Effects of soil properties on forage production during the early growing season in two communal rangelands of Eastern Cape. A paper presented at the 42nd congress of Grassland Society of South Africa and 4th annual meeting of the thicket forum At Eden grove, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. 16th -20th July 2007.


Fatunbi A.O and Mkeni PNS (2007). Evaluation of human urine as source of nitrogen in the co-composting of pine bark with lawn clippings. A paper presented at the International symposium on green revolution in Africa, At Arusha Tanzania September 16th – 21st 2007.

Contact
Fatunbi A. Oluwole

Agricultural and Rural Development Research Institute (ARDRI)

University of Fort Hare, Alice

PB X1314, Alice 5700, Eastern Cape,

South Africa.
Phone: +27 40 602 2025

Fax : +27 40 602 2583



Mobile: +27 72 1138 000

Fax to email: +27 086 628 2301


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