(Abuja. January 30, 2023) Prof. Garba Hamidu Sharubutu, Executive Secretary of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), has joined the Board of Trustees of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) as the representative of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Prof Sharubutu was appointed following the recommendation of Dr. Mohammad Mahmoud Abubakar, the Federal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. AATF Executive Director Dr. Canisius Kanangire welcomed the appointment, saying it would enhance collaboration with the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“AATF is pleased to note the nomination of Prof. Sharubutu to the AATF Board of Trustees and looks forward to a fruitful collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. AATF avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development the assurance of its highest consideration,” Dr Kanangire said.
A renowned expert in infectious diseases of livestock, Prof. Sharubutu was appointed ARCN Executive Secretary in 2019 and was previously Provost of the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology. He obtained his DVM degree from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1986, a Master of Veterinary Science from the University of Ibadan in 1992 and a Ph.D from Usman Dan Fodiyo University Sokoto in 2002. In 1986/87 he received the President’s National Youth Service Corps Honors Award for the best graduate. He started his working career with the Federal Livestock Department from where he moved to Usman Dan Fodiyo University as Assistant Lecturer in 1991 and progressed to the rank of a professor in 2005 focusing on infectious diseases of livestock and reproductive diseases.
AATF is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and was founded in 2003 to address Africa’s food security prospects through agricultural technology. AATF believes that the agricultural sector is a key foundational pillar as Africa consolidates its economic growth and carves out its new position as a major global economic powerhouse and the next growth market in the world. It was formed in response to the need for an effective mechanism that would facilitate and support negotiation for technology access and delivery and formation of appropriate partnerships to manage the development and deployment of innovative technologies for use by smallholder farmers in Sub-Sahara Africa.
AATF is active in 23 countries in East, Southern and West Africa, currently addressing challenges bedeviling key staples that include maize, rice, cassava, cowpeas, bananas and potatoes. AATF also has the ultimate goal of transforming livelihoods through innovative agricultural technologies to improve incomes and enhance food and nutrition security on the continent.
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