Oyewale Abioye

Oyewale has over Ten years’ experience working on development projects/programs that focus on improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Sub-Sahara Africa. His research interests include rural entrepreneurship, agricultural value chain development, Impact assessment, and technology adoption. Oyewale is a certified Project Manager Oracle Certified Administrator, and a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS). Aside from his role as a Program Administrator at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, He leads an enterprise that processes cassava into flakes and runs a plantain/yam farm. Since 2015, he has mentored over 30 young graduates to start their agribusiness enterprise. He was a Next Generation Delegate at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Global Food Security Symposium 2018, in Washington DC where he represented African Youth on a panel discussion on Youth Perspectives, Potential, and Progress: An Insiders’ Take. Oyewale is a fellow of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative, in 2018/2019, he worked in a team of five to improve the livelihood of 21 youths and women (7males and 14 females) in Majidun, Ikorodu Lagos State. The trainees were empowered through training in creative recycling skills with a focus on waste to furniture. The project helped to remove 150.15kg of carbon in the form of tires and 20kg of plastics like PVC and polyester from the environment. As a result of this, his teams’ project, “Recycle for Benefits (R4B)”, was nominated for the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition in the Best Project 2019 category.  In 2011, he was trained at Lagos Business School on enterprise management and later attended an entrepreneurship training at the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands in 2017. He has won several scholarships and grants.