Bukar Tijani

Title: Assistant Director-General

E-mail: [email protected]


Mr Bukar Tijani, a national of Nigeria, continued the current role as Assistant Director-General (ADG) in March 2020, following a one and half year mandate as Assistant Director-General of the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department (AGD) starting November 2018. While AG-ADG, Mr. Tijani reconstituted the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Plant Pests (ECTPP), which integrates technical and operational capacities of Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP) and with that of the Food Chain Crisis – Emergency Management Unit (FCC-EMU) of the Emergency and Resilience Division (PSE) and held the first and several meetings to flag-off FAO response for the Desert Locust upsurge in Eastern Africa, Red Sea Coast, South West Asian countries in January 2020.

Mr Tijani has spearheaded work to empower youth in agriculture, especially in Africa. He lead the efforts on behalf of FAO to organize the Africa Regional Conference on Youth in Kigali, Rwanda in August 2018. In addition to this, in October 2018, he initiated the 4th Theme on Youth Employment in agri-business in Africa with the support of the Tokyo International Cooperation for Africa Development (TICAD) Ambassador in Tokyo, Japan.

Before assuming the role of AG-ADG, Mr Tijani was FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa (ADG/RR RAF), for 5 years – from December 2013 to October 2018 where he coordinated the activities of the 47 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa very successfully. His major milestones while FAO ADG/RR RAF included and were not limited to: facilitating the process that led to the adaption of the AUC Malabo Declaration in June 2014; together with other FAO partners, facilitating the Director-General’s attendance to the AUC Heads of States Summits for the five years, initiating the intervention programme for the management and control of Fall Armyworm in Africa; and organizing the 28th, 29th and 30th Africa Regional Conferences which resulted in the re-establishment of the FAO Sub-regional Office for West Africa in Dakar, Senegal.

Mr. Tijani holds an M.Sc. in Tropical Agricultural Development from the University of Reading, United Kingdom, and a B.Sc. in Agronomy and Soil Science from the Tuskegee University, Alabama, USA. 

He has extensive experience on on-farm research and agricultural extension, as well as on participatory and community-based agricultural and rural development approaches applied across Africa. 

His professional career started in 1978 as a Rural Agricultural Extension worker in Nigeria. After his National Service with the Kano Agricultural and Rural Development Authority in the mid-1980s, Mr. Tijani collaborated with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on on-farm adaptive research for smallholder farmers. This research, focused on rice, maize, cowpea, soybean and farming systems, led to the adoption of many crop varieties utilized by Nigerian farmers to this day. 

He also collaborated with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), regional office in Mali on  varietal improvement of millet andsorghum and  resistance to striga under the PROMISO programme. With the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) in Lomé, he led the introduction of the “Super Granules” fertilizer on rice fields under irrigation located in Northern Nigeria. 

From 2002 to 2011, under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture of Nigeria, at one point, he coordinated all  donor assisted programmes and projects, including AfDB, IsDB, BADEA, IFAD, World Bank, the Nigeria National Programme for Food Security (NPFS) and the FAO-China-Nigeria tripartite agreement on South-South Cooperation.

Over the years, Mr. Tijani has held many technical and senior management positions in a number of institutions at State and National levels, including: First General Manager of the Fertilizer Blending Company;  Director in the  EC-assisted Programme for the Semi-arid North East of Nigeria, the North-East Arid Zone Development Programme (NEAZDP); First National Programme Coordinator for IFAD-assisted Community-Based Agriculture and Rural Development Programme (IFAD-CBARDP) a s flagship IFAD-assisted programme in Nigeria; and First National Project Coordinator for the Third Fadama Development Project assisted by the World Bank in Nigeria. 

From July 2011 to September 2013, Mr. Tijani served as a cabinet Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development.


26th Tripartite Annual Executive Meeting

  Statement by Dr Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General  On the occasion of the  26th Tripartite Annual Executive Meeting  Geneva, 12 February 2020 WHO Headquarters Dear Director-General of the World Health Organization...

Second Global Meeting of the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN)

Opening address from Bukar Tijani Assistant Director-General Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department Second Global Meeting of the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) Abu Dhabi, UAE, 9–11 December 2019 His Excellency...

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