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Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo

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Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo is the Executive Director of the Accra-based Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) with almost 30 years of experience in food security and rural development domain. Prior to his assumption of his current post in July 2013, he headed the Agriculture and Food Security Division at the African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where his core responsibility was the development of continent-wide initiatives of the Commission on Food security and Agriculture.

As anaccomplished agricultural research scientist with specialization in animal health and production, he also possess considerable expertise in natural resource management including crop-livestock integrated systems, market-oriented production systems, land degradation and desertification and sustainable land management. During the last few years, he assumed the Chairmanship of the Executive Council of the West AfricanLivestock Innovation Centre (WALIC) formerly International Trypanotolerance Centre, The Gambia and he is the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control, in Africa (PACA) as well as a number of other Continent-wide initiatives. He is well connected to an extensive networkof stakeholders involved in the agriculture and rural development sector in both developed and developing countries. Dr Yemi Akinbamijo holds a PhD in Animal Production of the Wageningen Agricultural University, TheNetherlands.


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The 2014 Africa Progress Panel report presents the two faces of Africa: robust economic growth and continuing poverty. But the report suggests Africa could change this duality by asking: how can resources make a positive impact on development?