RUFORUM in Collaboration with LUANAR AquaFish ACE Coordinates 10 Academic Staff Exchanges within the Region

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The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) continues to promote higher education regional integration by facilitating the mobility of academic staff across the region. In furthering this mandate, RUFORUM Secretariat is working with the member universities to support staff fellowships that aim for collegial exchange so as to enhance faculty teaching, research, and collaboration among RUFORUM Member universities and, ultimately contribute to improved quality of teaching in postgraduate programs.

To this end, RUFORUM in collaboration with Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources African Centre of Excellence in Aquaculture and Fisheries (LUANAR AquaFish ACE) is pleased to announce a list of successful academic staff exchange applicants for 2017/2018 Academic year at LUANAR. ,, LUANAR AquaFish ACE is one of the World Bank funded Higher Education African Centers of Excellence (ACE II).  A total of 10 out of 38 academic staff have been competitively selected from the region to offer services in support of graduate training, research and outreach at the AquaFish Centre. Moreover, during a minimum of a –two- week mobility, the selected staff will be expected to engage in joint resource mobilization for strengthening postgraduate programs at their respective universities. Details of the successful applicants are provided in the table and their short biodata are provided.

Details of the successful applicants for Academic Staff Exchanges to LUANAR, Malawi, Lilongwe

Name Country Gender University
Dr. Adanna Henri-Ukoha Nigeria Female University of Port Harcourt
Dr. Agaviezor Brilliant Ogagaoghene Nigeria Male University of Port Harcourt
Dr. Ahmed Mirghani Abdel Rahman Bereir Sudan Male University of Gezira
Dr. Bernerd M. Fulanda Kenya Male Pwani University
Dr. Ekunwe Peter Ayodeji Nigeria Male University of Port Harcourt
Dr. Jamal Kussaga Tanzania Male Sokoine University of Agriculture
Dr. Nene Amabere Jamabo Nigeria Female University of Port Harcourt
Dr. Olajide Philip Sobukola Nigeria Male Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta
Dr. Teye Ernest Ghana Male University of Cape Coast
Prof. Olufemi Martins Adesope Nigeria Male University of Port Harcourt

 About the AquaFish African Center of Excellence at LUANAR

The Aquaculture and Fisheries Science Centre of Excellence (AquaFish), based at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), seeks to train a pool of skilled and innovative graduate students to contribute towards improved fish-based food and incomes from aquaculture and fisheries in Africa. The establishment of AquaFish is in line with, and will significantly contribute to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA 2024), and the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy, to increase human capacity development for aquaculture and fisheries sector growth. AquaFish Centre builds on LUANAR’s track record of serving as a regional training centre in aquaculture and fisheries science for Africa. LUANAR hosts two regional PhD programmes in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science, and Agricultural and Resource Economics on behalf of 66 member universities of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). In addition LUANAR (the Aquaculture and Fisheries Science Department) is a designated Regional Fish Node responsible for advancing science and biodiversity research within the SADC region under the NEPAD Southern Africa Network on Biosciences (SANBio). AquaFish Centre aims to facilitate and promote scaling-up of graduate training in Aquaculture and Fisheries, community action research, and strengthen linkages with the private sector in the region while increasing females and youth participation.

Below are profiles of the successful candidates:

AdannaDr. Mrs. Adanna Henri-Ukoha is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Agricultural Economics & Extension, University of Port Harcourt, Choba, Nigeria. She has made significant contributions in the area of mentoring young academics. She is a reviewer as well as editor in several peer reviewed journals. She holds several academic and administrative positions which include acting on behalf of the Head of Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Secretary to the  Faculty of Agriculture Research and Training Committee, Member of  Faculty Farm Management committee, Chairperson of Departmental Farm Management committee, Chairperson of Departmental Research Group, Coordinator of Undergraduate research  projects, Member of Departmental Accreditation Committee, Member of Information Communication and Visibility Committee and Member, Departmental Ad-hoc Examination Committee in University of Port Harcourt. She obtained her first Degree in Agricultural Economics & Extension (B. Agric) from University of Calabar in 1996; Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics from Rivers State University of Science and Technology in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics with option in Resource and Environmental Economics from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri in 2012. She has supervised three (3) MSc thesis and over thirty forty (34) undergraduate thesis and has authored over sixty (60) articles in widely peer reviewed journals. Her current research interests include Climate Smart Agriculture, Sustainability of Adaptation Strategies and Food Security. Her work on climate smart agriculture has attracted the attention of ECOWAS Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (RAAF) PASANAO Project where she is now a stakeholder in a Research Project on ‘Incentivizing adoption of climate smart agricultural practices in Cereals Production in Nigeria’. Her passion for research has won her and her team a Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) grant on Admission competitiveness of Agricultural Programmes of Public Universities in Niger Delta States, Nigeria in 2016. She is an accomplished academic, researcher and a teacher.

BrilliantDr Agaviezor Brilliant Ogagaoghene is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Animal Science, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He had his B.Tech (Animal Production and Health) degree from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria in 2001. He also obtained his M. Agric (Animal Breeding and Genetics) degree and Ph.D (Animal Breeding and Genetics) degree from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in 2005 and 2011, respectively. Dr. Agaviezor was a visiting student in the Department of Animal Science at the Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA in 2010 where he did his PhD research in Animal Molecular Genetics. While at Cornell University, Dr Agaviezor also worked as a Research Assistant at Imumorin Lab of the same Department. Dr. Agaviezor teaches Animal Breeding and Genetics in the Department of Animal Science with focus on Population and Molecular Genetics. His research is geared towards understanding the genetic structure and diversity of Nigerian livestock breeds to enhance better policies in livestock improvement and conservation. Dr Agaviezor has taught and supervised many undergraduate students with special research conducted on improving Nigerian livestock breeds using molecular genetic markers for over 10 years. As the first person to research into the genetic diversity of Nigerian sheep using molecular markers (microsatellites and mitochondrial), Dr Agaviezor has established the genetic distances and relationship between the major four breeds of Nigerian sheep (West African Dwarf, Yankasa, Uda and Balami). In collaboration with others in his research team, some genes in some Nigerian livestock breeds have been sequenced and deposited in Gene Bank (KC476442.1, KM582276.1, KM582416.1, KM582169.1). Dr Agaiezor has also through his research produced results in the genetics of rabbits, sheep, cattle, goats and chickens that have been helpful in formulating improvement and conservation policies among these livestock and other livestock breeds in Nigeria and beyond.

AbdelDr Ahmed Mirghani Abdel Rahman Bereir is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Extension, Department of Agricultural Extension and Training, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Gezira, Sudan.  He is currently the coordinator of Post Graduate studies at the department level. He previously served as the Director of Administration of Environment, University of Gezira. He has also served as a Member of editorial board of Sudan Academic Journal of Research and Science. He has refereed several scientific journals including: Gezira Journal of Agricultural Sciences, University of Gezira. Sudan, Gezira Journal of Economic and Social Studies, University of Gezira. Sudan, International Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology and the International Journal of Agricultural Science, Research and Technology in Extension and Education Systems. Dr Ahmed has made considerable contributions in training and capacity building for farmers, agricultural cadre and other cadre in Sudan. He has supervised many MSc and PhD students. He published many scientific papers in the field of agricultural extension and rural development in peer reviewed international journals.

FulandaDr. Bernerd Fulanda is a Senior Lecturer in Fisheries, Marine Ecology and Oceanography in the School of Pure and Applied Sciences of Pwani University, Kenya. He has over 20 years of professional experience in Fisheries Research with extended working in Marine fisheries Population Dynamics and Stock Assessment; Fisheries analysis and Design of Resource Management Plans; Active Research in Ecology/Biology of the coastal and marine species of the Western Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean. Before joining Pwani University, Dr. Fulanda worked with Kenya Marine & Fisheries Research Institute in Coastal and Marine Fisheries Research, and earlier with the Kenya State Department of Fisheries in the fields of (aquaculture & Marine fisheries section. Dr. Fulanda has been active in coastal and marine research, with involvement in assignments both locally and globally including surveys of the WIO Tuna in Kenya and Tanzania  (WW Coastal East Africa); Biomass estimation and trophic analysis of fish and shellfish in Kagoshima Bay, southern Japan; Fisheries and Community Empowerment under the Coastal Communities against Piracy (FAO, Somalia); International Fisheries Instruments/Law and Domestication for Africa member States (AU-IBAR); Fish Trade Flows and Impacts on Food security and Economy in Africa (AU-IBAR); Development of Sustainable Fishery Markets for the Lamu Archipelago, Kenya (WWF Coastal East Africa); Evaluation of Natural Resource Capital for Lamu County (WWF Coastal East Africa) among others. He did his University studies in Kenya, culminating in an Honours Degree in Fisheries from Moi University, Eldoret in 1995; a Master’s degree in Environmental Science & Technology from the UNESCO-IHE Institute, The Netherlands, in 12003; a 2nd Masters in Fisheries Ecology and a Ph.D. in Fisheries/Oceanography from Kagoshima University, Japan in 2009 and 2012, respectively. In his tenure at the university, Dr. Fulanda has supervised 13 Masters students and over 15 Undergraduate 4th year project in marine biology, fisheries, environmental sciences, aquatic resource management among others. His current focus is on Marine Ecosystem Dynamics relating the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems, Fish Population dynamics and stock assessment; Fisheries management (Decision and Risk Analysis; Adaptive management); Spatial mapping of marine and coastal resources and; Natural Resource Economics, Trophic analysis, and Ecosystem modeling.

PeterDr. Peter Ayodeji Ekunwe is an Associate Professor in Agricultural Economics in the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State Nigeria. His major research area is in Farm management and Production Economics. He graduated from University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria where he obtained his Degrees.  He is a member of the Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists, Farm management Association of Nigeria, African Association of Agricultural Economist and the National. Association for the Promotion of Education, Health and Environment Nigeria were he currently serving as the vice President. He has been teaching and conducting research in the field of agricultural economics for over 15 years. He has supervised several post-graduate students and he is also an external examiner to post-graduate students in some universities in Nigeria. He has published over 50 articles in several international and regional peer reviewed journals. His current area of research is on climate adaptation strategies and its economics benefits among rural farmers in Nigeria. He was the Acting Head of Department Agricultural Economics and Extension Services in the Faculty of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology in Benson Idahosa University and was the Rector, Benson Idahosa School of Basic and Applied Studies before he joined the services of University of Port Harcourt.

BakariDr. Jamal Bakari Kussaga is a lecturer at the Department of Food Technology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences, College of Agriculture, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Tanzania. He did his PhD in Applied Biological Science at Ghent University in Belgium (2015), Master degree in Food Quality Management at Wageningen University in The Netherlands (2005) and Bachelor degree in Food Science and Technology at SUA in Tanzania (2001). He was a research fellow at the Product Design and Quality Group (Wageningen University, The Netherlands) and Department of Food Safety and Food Quality (Ghent University, Belgium) under the PathogenCombat Project (a pan European project). He has published several papers in international peer reviewed journals and book chapters. Besides, he is involved in reviewing scientific articles from several journals. He attended several national and international workshops/seminars. He has supervised several Bachelors, masters and PhD students. He was involved in the development of research tools (i.e. the microbiological assessment scheme and food safety management systems (FSMS) diagnostic instrument) and assessed the effectiveness of FSMS in several food processing companies across eight European countries and several in Tanzania.  He is also involved in various research, consultancy and outreach activities. His research area of interest is food safety, quality management, food safety audit, product development, and assessment of the effectiveness of FSMS in the food industry.

NeneDr. Mrs Nene Amabere Jamabo, a Fellow of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON), is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Fisheries, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Port Harcourt, Choba, Rivers State, Nigeria. Her research area includes sustainable aquaculture and fish nutrition. She had done numerous researches on the growth and culturable potentials for T. fuscatus var fuscatus, fish seed production for freshwater, brackish water species and other ecological studies of the aquatic ecosystem of the Niger Delta Area, Nigeria. She was the past 4th National Vice President of Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON) for two terms (2010 – 2014) and coordinated preparatory duties for all Society’s activities as they affect Research, Training/Capacity Building, Resource Surveys and Studies. Dr. Nene joined the Team of Alpha Zomax Consultants Incorporated as a Consultant, Management Consultancy Department. She will be working with the Management Consultant Department Personnel in developing strategies, logistics, and implementation of programmes for grooming young entrepreneurs to run agribusiness companies and ventures in Nigeria. She attended the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt where she earned a B.Sc. in Fisheries in 1990, an M.Phil. in Aquaculture in 1996, and a Ph.D. in Aquaculture in 2008, respectively. Dr. Nene has received a number of academic and professional awards. She is currently the Chairperson of the Rivers State Chapter of Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON). She has presented several conference papers, authored and co-authored over 30 research journals in local and International journals. She is an Associate Editor of Maxwell Scientific Publication; and has published several works in both local and international journals. Also, she has to her credit a book titled “Understanding Aquaculture Business” which is a companion to aquaculture practitioners.  Dr Nene is a practicing farmer and consults for several organizations on aquaculture and sustainable development. She has trained over 10,000 women and the young people in fish farming techniques. She is also involved in career development in secondary schools on the promising agriculturists.

PhilipDr. Oladije Philip Sobukola has been very active in training and capacity building in the field of Food Science and Technology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for about thirteen years in Nigeria. His research focus is Food Technology with emphasis on application of engineering principles to design Food processes and optimizing quality of Food products. Currently, he is the head of department, Food Science and Technology, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. He is also the Deputy Programme Leader (Food Processing and Value Addition) at the World Bank Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment (CEADESE) anchored in the same University. He graduated from the University of Agriculture, (now Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, FUNAAB), Nigeria as the overall best graduating student with four distinct academic awards (1998/1999 session). He completed his Master of Science (2003) and PhD (2007) degrees in Food Processing and Storage Technology from the same University. He had his postdoctoral training at the department of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santaigo, Chile, where he worked in the area of Food Process design in relation to development and microstructural analysis of vacuum and atmospherically fried fabricated matrices. Dr. Sobukola is also an IFS grantee on vacuum frying of sweet potato slices from different varieties. He has supervised over seven PhD theses, more than forty Master of Science (MSc) dissertations and is author of scores of articles in international and national peer reviewed journals. Dr. Sobukola also serves as a reviewer to many journals in his field and other allied fields. His current research interests include using novel Food production technology such as vacuum and air frying in the development of nutritious and safe snacks among others. These efforts had generated interest in and outside Nigeria especially with the vast majority of fast food operators. He is currently conducting professional training for fast food operators who are the main beneficiary of this novel technology. Presently, his latest research findings involve development of fried chicken nuggets using local chicken and novel technology. This expertise is currently being extended outside Nigeria where he just concluded a training for faculty members and postgraduate students at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Universitie Abomey Calavi, Dassa Campus, Benin Republic.

ErnestDr. Ernest Teye is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Engineering, School of Agriculture, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He has been actively involved in Food Science and Postharvest Engineering training in Ghana for the past 11 years and has made significant contribution in shaping Agricultural Engineering Education. He has won some prominent awards including excellent doctorial award, Jiangsu University, China, Best evolving researcher award, University of Cape Coast, Ghana and has also visited some Universities in the UK as an academic scholar. Dr. Teye has also participated in scholarly activities in different African countries such as Nigeria, Uganda, and Sierra Leone. He did his University education in Cape Coast, Ghana, culminating in an Honours Degree in Agriculture from the University of Cape Coast, in 2005, a Master’s Degree in Postharvest Technology also in the University of Cape Coast, in 2010 and a Ph.D in Food Science and Engineering from the University of Jiangsu, China, in 2014. He has supervised several undergraduate and three post graduate thesis and authored scores of articles in reputable peer reviewed journals (mostly in Elsevier, Wiley, Springer) with over 230 Google scholar citations to his credit. His current research interests include rapid detection of food fraud and fortification of staple food with indigenous under-utilized nutrient rich food crops. His work on rapid non-destructive determination of food quality and safety has led to numerous activities and collaborations in Ghana and abroad. He is currently collaborating with a UK University to develop a miniature spectroscopy for simple, cost effective and rapid detection of food fraud.

MartinsProf. Olufemi Martins Adesope is a Professor of Agricultural Extension in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria with 23 years teaching, research, and community service experiences. He has held various administrative responsibilities in different capacities as Head of Department, Associate Dean of the Faculty and sometimes as Acting Dean, Faculty of Agriculture. Currently he is Assistant Director, Centre for Research Management and Development under the office of the Vice Chancellor. He is also the Chairman, Post Graduate Committee of Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Port Harcourt and also Chairman, Faculty of Agriculture Research and Training Committee, University of Port Harcourt. He obtained his first degree (Agricultural Extension Services) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; his MSc and PhD degrees from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria. He has been visiting scholar to several universities around Nigeria including Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State; Rivers State University of Science and Technology (now Rivers State University), Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Enugu State University, Enugu, Enugu State, and Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State and has examined undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in North West University, Mafikeng, South Africa, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Federal College of Education (Technical), Omoku, Rivers State, Nigeria, and University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. Professor Adesope has over 150 publications in books, journals, chapters in books, and proceedings. He has received several awards such as research grants, travel grants and awards of excellence and has mentored early and middle level career researchers. He is on the Editorial Board of several academic journals in and around Nigeria. As a Social media enthusiast, he has been actively involved in the African Union Day since 2015 as a Volunteer Social Media Broadcaster. He has received and managed research grants from the Gender Caucus, Canada; the European Union; Climate Impact Research Capacity Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE), UK and Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria. He has visited several African countries in strengthening the South-South Cooperation through research networking to Ghana, Uganda, Mozambique, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Cameroon. In October 2015, he was listed among 800 Nigerian Scientists according to their Google Scholar Citation (

He has been involved as Lead trainer in the Web 2.0 for development programme (sponsored by CTA) at the University of Port Harcourt since 2013. Professor Adesope has been involved in national programmes such as the Fadama III Project, National Special Programme for Food Security, Food Security Assurance. Programme; and regional research programmes such as Agribusiness Enhance Project (European Union funded 2013-2017), and through the project, participated with other team members from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and Denmark, and in the process embarked on study visits. He is the Institutional Strengthening Programme (ISP) Lead and University Coordinator of the Climate Impact Research Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE), DFID funded and implemented by African Academy of sciences and Association of Commonwealth Universities through which he has been involved in capacity building (training-the-trainers) activities with research across Africa, in the process visited Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. He is also the platform administrator to the Vitae (UK) Researcher Development Framework planner (online researcher development planning tool) in the University of Port Harcourt. Before now, he was University Platform Administrator, Research Professional Africa platform (online platform for accessing research grants, fellowships, scholarships, etc). He is a strong advocate of value addition in enterprise development as he exemplified this in use of cassava, yam, coconut, and potato ( His areas of research interests include rural development, community participation in technology development, strategic planning, farmer field schools, agribusiness enhancement, socio-economic impact assessment, research methods, Information and Communication Technologies in Agriculture. He has practical experience with community youth and women organizations in community based organizations (CBOs), Farmer Based Organizations (FBOs) and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), where he has empowered women and youths with agripreneurial skills related to garden based learning, and enterprise development. He has consulted to national and international organizations in and outside Nigeria. He is also a literary artist who has several poetry, drama and short stories to his credit

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