FARINDE Akinloye Jimoh


Professor Akinloye Jimoh Farinde, holds B. Agriculture (Ife) 1987; MPhil (OAU) 1991; and PhD (OAU) 1996 (Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology).  He joined the services of Obafemi Awolowo University on the 26th September, 1991 as an Assistant Lecturer, promoted Lecturer II in 1995 and regarded Lecturer I in 1996.  In 1999, he was promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer, Reader in 2006 and became a full Professor of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology of Obafemi Awolowo University on the 1st of October 2009. His research focuses on Agricultural communication, programme planning and evaluation of development programme. He had won a number of fellowships, awards and research grants such as Obafemi Awolowo University Graduate Fellowship award (1990), Ford Foundation Sponsorship for Higher Degree Project (1991); and Cocoa Marketing Board Research Grant (1996). He has also benefited and actively participated in a number of group Research:  National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) Research Grant (2000); Carnegie Corporation of U.S.A (2003); Department for International Development (DFID), U.K. (2005); University Research Council (URC) Joint Research, OAU, Ile-Ife (2006); and DelPHE Project 643- DFID, U.K. (2009 -2012). Professor A .J. Farinde has remained focused and committed to the three core areas of his career, which is teaching and supervision, research and service to the community. He has successfully supervised 17 PhD and 14 M.Sc. Students’ theses as at September 2019. He was External examiners for Undergraduate programme and Postgraduate Degrees (M.Sc. & PhD) and External Assessor for many Universities in Nigeria and abroad. He was a Visiting Professor to the Department of Agricultural Education and Extension, University of Eswatini, Eswatini, Southern Africa between 2017 and 2019. Professor Farinde was the Acting Head of Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology (2004 – 2006), Vice-Dean, Faculty of Agriculture (2005-2006); and Chairman, Faculty of Agriculture Internship Committee(2003- 2005) and Head of Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development (2011-2014). At the University level, he served as the Hall Master, Muritala Muhammed Postgraduate Hall (2008- 2011) and Communication Officer for OAU Science & Technology Education Post Basic Project (STEP-B PROJECT) 2008 – 2012. At the Professional level, Prof. Farinde was the National Vice President I of Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria (AESON) and active member of Rural Sociological Association Nigeria (RuSAN), International Research and Development Network of Children and Youth in Agriculture Programme (CYIAP), Nigeria Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (NIFAAS), Swaziland Educational Research Association (SERA), and Southern Africa Educational Research Network (SAERN) among many others. At the community level, he has rendered unquantifiable services. Professor Farinde is a reviewer to many local and international academic Journals and has attended many learned conferences locally and internationally. He attended German Government’s sponsored 21st International Training for Rural Youth Leaders held at the Bavarian Farmers’ Union Training Centre in Herrsching, Germany in 2002. He has published numerous scientifically researched articles in the field of extension and rural sociology in reputable local and international academic journals. He is current sitting Dean- Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.