OUR TEAM MEMBERS PROFILE
Lawrence A. Mayaki-AKinpelu
Lawrence is a farmer and a passionate advocate of sustainable agriculture and better life for rural farmers . He developed passion for agriculture during his secondary school days in a rural community of Northern Nigeria. The living condition of rural farmers gave him much concern,and felt he could make an impact by helping to make farmers earn a better living in agriculture. He taught students agricultural science and provided training and extension education to rural farmers,youth and women,and urban farmers. He was able to connect with agro allied companies where he supplied raw materials sourced from small holder farmers. Has shown professionalism in his career as a farm manager,customer sales personnel in a telecommunication firm, a personnel with a Social Insurance Organisation and privately worked as an agricultural consultant both in business and farming operations. Was a crusader on ending farmers-herders clashes through holistic management and controlling dersitification through regenerative agriculture. A member of the Institite of Business Strategy,Nigeria Institute of Management, Rural Sociology Society, Sustainable Agriculture Network, Rotary Club and several others. Attended several trainings and seminars on Extension Service and Agribusiness management conducted by International Institite of Tropical Agriculture(IITA),Liverpool John Moore's University and host of others Holds a BSc in Agricultural Education from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and a Master in Business Administration from Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile Ife
Simisola O. Akinpelu
She is recognized for her advocacy for women empowerment,the initiator of women in agriculture,a program design to help women earn a living in agriculture and its value chain. She ventured into processing and sale of timber about 2 decades ago. In her quest to expand she diversified into processing of agricultural produce and supply chain. A seasoned accountant and administrator with verse experience in the private sector where she worked as an account officer, auditor and operation supervisor. She rose from the position of account supervisor to Director in Daen Agric Company. A graduate of Accounting from Lagos State University Ojo,has a Diploma in administration from the Chartered Institute of Administration and she is an Associate Accounting Technician (AAT).
Robert has more than 2 decades experience developing and implementing business plans for agricultural and food companies. He has extensive experience at the C-suite level in managing primary agriculture and food businesses from farm to fork. Developed strategic plans for African focused agricultural business in primary production sectors of intensive livestock. Managed sales growth and cost reduction of businesses from £100,000 to £8m,from primary production through FCMG.Developed and lead team of several people. Core competencies includes Distributor Management, Strategic Planning, Business Development,Control Management, Key Account Management, Team Building,Sales and Marketing Negotiation, Working in Challenging Environments.,Project Management, Poultry and Ruminant Livestock Management. His forte is intensive livestock and horticulture, with particular experience of dairy production and poultry. Educational Credentials include a BSc in Agriculture and Management from Harper Adams University
Chris Eche (Phd)
He is an astute crop health expert with specialization in Plant Nematology and Genomics. Dr. Eche has a vast experience in laboratory and field research and has being involved in collaborative research, engaging with farmers and clienteles through extension activities. He served as the Project Focal Person (PFP) over a period of four years for FUAM in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project dubbed “Increasing Groundnut Productivity in Mali, Ghana and Nigeria” (2015 to 2018) and as the field/biometrician on the “Cassava Weed Management in Nigeria” funded by the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation between 2014 and 2016. He also consults for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Fadama III Project and USAIFA Farms, Abuja among other private farms in north-central Nigeria. Over the years He has been involved in the optimization of protocols for determination of aflatoxin contamination in groundnut, ginger and sesame. He is well-travelled and exposed to latest technologies for optimization of field-based and screenhouse production systems as well laboratory analytical procedures. Dr. Eche is an alumnus of a number of institutions including Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Ghent University, Belgium; Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta; Ohio State University, Columbus, USA, Shenyang Agricultural University, China and Wageningen University, Netherlands. He is a Mandela Washington Fellow (MWF) with expertise in (i) Agro-allied Research and Teaching (ii) Analytics in Applied Bioscience and Genetics (iii) Supply and Value Chain Analysis, (iv) Systems Dynamics: Modeling and Simulation, (v) Project Management and Evaluation and (vi) Data Management and Processing.