About Me


TORIMIRO, Dixon Olutade (Ph.D.), Professor of Agricultural Extension & Rural Sociology, Fellow of the Centre for Gender & Social Policy Studies and former acting Head, Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

He was Nigeria’s Federal Government Scholar, Laureate of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa’s (CODESRIA’s) Child and Youth Studies Institute-2004, Recipient of the CODESRIA’s grant for Multinational Working Group (MWG) on Citizenship and Identity in Contemporary Africa-2005, member of the College of Research Associates, United Nations University’s Institute of Natural Resources in Africa (UNU/INRA), Co-initiator and Vice-President (Southwest) of National Research and Development Network of Children and Youth in Agriculture Programme (CYIAP- Network) in Nigeria.

Professor Torimiro led an international team of researchers working on the AAU/MRCI grant under the auspices of DFID, UK for modeling young animators on ICTs for farm productivity in Nigeria and Botswana. He is also an Associate Scientist – leading agricultural extension on the IDRC/CIDA grant for Nigeria Canada Vegetables (NICAN VEG) project 2010 -2013. His participation at the German Government’s sponsored 21st International Training Workshop for Rural Youth Leaders held in 2002, at the Bavarian Farmers’ Union Training Centre, in Herrsching, Germany under the patronship of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) led to the initiation of the African Centre for Rural Youth Empowerment (ACRYE) - his action plan for Nigeria.

He is the Chairman, Board of trustees of the Centre. He belongs to many local and international professional associations, among which are the Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria (AESON), Nigerian Rural Sociological Association (NRSA), International Rural Network (IRN), Scotland. Professor Torimiro is on the Editorial board of and reviewer to many local and international academic Journals. He has attended many learned conferences locally and internationally. He has published numerous articles related to extension and rural sociology in reputable local and international academic journals.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

Higher Educational Institutions Attended with Dates:

i. Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, School of Agriculture, University of Ife, Akure Campus. (1983-85)

ii. Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye. (1985-90)

iii. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. (1992-95)

iv. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. (1997-99)

v. Child and Youth Studies Institute, CODESRIA, Senegal. (2004)

Academic and Professional Qualifications with Dates:

Academic

i. Diploma in General Agriculture (1985)

ii. B. Agric.(Hons..) Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology (1990)

iii. M.Sc. (Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology). (1995)

iv. Ph.D. (Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology). (1999)

Professional

i. Certificate, International Training for Rural Youth Leaders, Bavarian Farmers’ Union Training Centre, Herrsching, Germany (July, 2002).

ii. Certificate, Child and Youth Studies, CODESRIA, Dakar, Senegal (October, 2004).

Other Distinctions and Awards with Dates

Scholarships

i. Oke-Ona Dynasty Scholarship Award: 1990 (Not Utilized)

ii. Federal Government of Nigeria Post-graduate Scholarship Award: 1992/93 Session.

Fellowships

i. Member: College of Research Associates, United Nations University’s Institute of Natural Resources in Africa (UNU/INRA), June, 2002.

ii. Fellow: Centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 2003.

iii. Laureate: Child and Youth Studies Institute, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), 2004.

Research Grants

i. CODESRIA’s Child and Youth Studies Institute Research Grant to conduct a Study on Children Exploitation in the Labour Process in Ile-Ife, Nigeria (Principal Researcher), 2004.

ii. Obafemi Awolowo University Research Grant on Survey of Moringa oleifera as feedstuff for West African Dwarf Goat (Team Member), 2005.

iii. CODESRIA’s Multinational Working Group on Citizenship and Identity in Contemporary Africa Research Grant to conduct a Study on Ethno-Cultural Relations and Nomadic Youth Identity Transformation among the Fulani Settlers in Osun State, Nigeria (Principal Researcher), 2005.

iv. Obafemi Awolowo University Research Grant on Establishment of On-Station Agro-Forestry Technologies in the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching and Research Farm, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (Principal Researcher), 2007.

v. Association of African Universities (AAU) – MRCI-SUPL01: Modeling Rural School Based Young Animators For An Enhanced And Sustainable Usage Of ICTs In Farming Communities Of Nigeria And Botswana. (Principal Researcher/Project Leader), 2010.

vi. Association of African Universities (AAU) – MRCI-SUPL04: On-Farm Popularization Of Sunflower Intercropping With Arable Crops Production For Poverty Alleviation Among The Smallholder Farmers In Nigeria And Botswana (Leading Extension Scientist-Team member), 2010.

vii. IDRC Grant No. 106511- Sustainable production and utilization of underutilized Nigerian Vegetables to enhance rural food security (Associate Scientist/Agricultural Extension-Team member), 2011.

Travel Grants

i. Competitive sponsorship award by International Rural Network (IRN) to participate at the Power of Place Conference in Abingdon, Virginia, USA. June 19-24, 2005 (Not Utilized).

ii. Travel Grant awarded by CODESRIA to participate in the Child and Youth Studies Institute in Dakar, Senegal. October 2-30, 2004.

iii. Travel Grant awarded by CODESRIA to participate in the Methodology Workshop for Multinational Working Group on Citizenship and Identity in Contemporary Africa. August, 2005.

iv. Travel Grant awarded by CODESRIA to participate in the Post Data Workshop for Multinational Working Group on Citizenship and Identity in Contemporary Africa. December, 2006.

v. Travel Grant awarded by the Union for African Population Studies to participate in the 5th African Population Conference in Arusha, Tanzania December 10-14, 2007.

vi. Travel Grant awarded by the Association of African Universities to participate in the 2nd MRCI Workshop on “The Contribution of African Higher Education Institutions to Development and the Attainment of the MDGs: Experiences from the MRCI Projects” held at the Mensvic Hotel in Ghana, from Thursday 6th October to Friday 7th October, 2011.