I am Olaleru, Ibikunle Funso, From Nigeria,
I hold a first degree in Animal science with postgraduate training in agricultural biochemistry and nutrition which has since formed my area of research interest. My career goal is to apply my knowledge of agricultural biochemistry and nutrition to improving livestock productivity of the rural famers through improved livestock nutrition with the ultimate aim of contributing to income and food security of the rural farmers. Proper alignment of agriculture production systems and prevailing policies to factors influencing food systems is needed to maximize agriculture for economic empowerment particularly in the developing countries. I therefore strongly believe that the Youth Employment in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa will equip me with knowledge and exposure that will enhance my ability to make contribution to unleashing agricultural advantages for economic empowerment of Nigerian farmers. I currently work with a national agricultural research institute in Nigeria (National Roots Crops Research Institute – NRCRI) and also volunteer at Onelife Initiative for Human development, a non-govermental organisation that is youth led and based in Ibadan. At NRCRI, my research focuses on improving the whole farming systems of root and tuber crops farmers through systemic integration of crops and animals. Over the years we have looked into sustainable incorporation of roots and tuber crop product and by products into livestock diet for optimum income and preservation of the environment. I look forward to sharing my experience with colleagues at the program and also getting a feedback from them. I believe that my experience as a research scientist in farming systems program of NRCRI would enable me to contribute meaningfully to the theme "Youth Employment in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa" . After the program, I look forward to applying the experience and knowledge gained in identifying relevant research areas and formulating appropriate extension packages for ICT involvement in agricultural technology to root and tuber crop farmers in the agricultural farming system of Nigeria. One of the first step to achieving this will be my presentation of Institute-wide seminar to share my newly acquired knowledge with fellow scientists and also institutionalizing the gains of the program.