Brief Profile of Dr. R.O. Babatunde
Dr. Raphael Olanrewaju Babatunde holds a First Class Honours Bachelor and Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. In 2005 he was awarded the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) scholarship for Doctoral studies and he obtained his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany in 2009. He has been a Lecturer and Researcher at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, University of Ilorin, Nigeria since 1999 and rose to become an Associate Professor in 2016. He has about 15 years of International Research experience in the field of Agricultural and Development Economics. His research interest is majorly on Agricultural production Economics and issues of poverty, food security, nutrition economics, livelihood diversification, impact assessment, farming system, social protection, migration and remittances in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa. He has over eighty (80) publications in both local and international reputable journals. He has won several Fellowship awards and Travel grants. For instance, he was visiting scholar, postdoctoral fellow and research fellow at the African studies Centre, Leiden, Netherlands; Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden and the University of Pavia, Italy, respectively to mention just a few. In 2015 he was at the department of Development Economics, University of Passau, Germany as a DAAD Visiting Researcher. He is the Ambassador of the Centre for International Cooperation and Development (CICOPS) Italy, in Nigeria and a member of the DAAD alumni network. He has been a policy and research consultant to a number of international organizations such as the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), United State Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He is a member of the Nigerian Young Academy (NYA), African Growth and Development Policy Modeling Consortium (AGRODEP) and several other professional organizations. He has served in different capacities at the University of Ilorin. He has been the acting Head of Department (2013-2015); Member of Senate (2013-2015); Member of SERVICOM Committee (2010-2015); Member of COMSIT Board (2010-2015); Member of Faculty Board of Agriculture (since 1999) and Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development. His long-term career goal is to become a leading researcher who will be involved in policy making for the improvement of lives of poor people in developing countries of the World.