Prof. Dr. Sola Ajayi

An agricultural scientist with more than 20 years research and management experience in Nigeria, South Africa, Austria, Germany and United Kingdom. Prof. Ajayi has vast research and industry experience on seed industry development and agricultural policy dialogue. He has published widely on seed science and technology, crop field agronomy with focus on improving crop productivity through germplasm conservation and enhancement, and on the impact of climate change on food security. Worked on different crops ranging cereals, legumes, vegetables and fruit species. Participated in several national and continental agricultural policy dialogues on seed industry development, improving crop productivity and increasing farmers’ income; managed several country-level projects for national and international organizations like the Federal Ministries of Environment and of Agriculture; the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Trained several undergraduate and postgraduate students. Fluent in Yoruba, English and German.