Introducing Mr Shakiru Quadri, Youth Agri-preneur Facilitator for N2Africa-Borno State

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We have the pleasure of introducing Mr Shakiru Quadri, the Youth Agri-preneur Facilitator for N2Africa-Borno State, working under the supervision of Dr. Nkeki Kamai. Mr. Quadri is a graduate of General Agriculture of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), University of Ife (1982) with a first research work on "the effect of four rhizobium strains [local and foreign] on nodulation, N-fixation, and yield of cowpea [Ife brown]". He obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Ilorin (2005), and a Master of Science (MSc) Food Security and Development of the University of Reading, United Kingdom (2014).

Mr. Quadri’s job experience over the years has revolved around Farm management/Food production, Participatory Practices for Sustainable Development (PPSD), Youth mobilization/Empowerment, Leadership and Enterprise Development. He joined the N2Africa Borno team shortly after returning from the Graduate Institute of International Development and Applied Economics (GIIDAE), University of Reading; having previously worked for the Development and Leadership Institute (DLI) as Executive Director (2009 – 2013), Youth Empowerment Scheme (Project YES) as Coordinating Director (2006 – 2009), and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as Farm manager (1983 – 2003). He worked on a personal initiative Global Youth and Community Development Network (GYCDN) (2003 – 2005) after undergoing training in PPSD at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA.

His latest research (2014) is on "the trend of food security parameters in Nigeria: implications for household vulnerability"; and a (2002) publication on "Community Development in Nigeria: a case study of the NYSC IRD programme in Kwara State". Journal of Nigerian Affairs vol. 10 (1), 30-35.

Fred Kanampiu