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The Institute of Agricultural Research & Training (I.A.R.&T.), Obafemi Awolowo University.

The Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T) is one of the foremost National Agricultural Research Institutes in Nigeria.  It is affiliation with the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife since 1969 makes it one of the four University-based Agricultural Research Institutes in Nigeria.  Even though, this affiliation opens a lot of opportunities to the Institute, it also bestows a lot of responsibilities and challenges to the entire workforce.  Having mandate for improved farming systems in South West Nigeria, Scientists can work on virtually any crop grown by farmers in the zone apart from the national mandate crops assigned to the Institute by the Government.

In addition to research activities, teaching assignments are being handled by many of our scientiests as the home campus of the University.  Ile-Ife a distance of about eighty kilometers from Ibadan.  The participation of Management staff and senior scientists in many University Statutory meetings and committees is also involving.

The Institute has intimate and regular contact with resource-poor farmers throughout the nooks and crannies of South Western Nigeria covering the six States of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti.  The IAR&T is the South West Zonal Coordinating Research Institute.  Demand-driven and peasant-farmer targeted improved agricultural technologies are generated and disseminated to thousands of farm-families in South Western Nigeria and even beyong.  The Institute has developed over the years effective and improved technologies including outstanding varieties of many common staples of maize, cowpea, cassava, fruit and leaf vegetables to mention a few.

Leadership with Integrity

Innovative Agro Research

Focus On Our Mandate

High Quality Professionals

Soil and Water Management Research

Research into efficient use and management of soils for increased and sustainable agricultural productivity.

Farming Systems Technology

Investigate, evaluate, validate and promote farming systems technology adaptable to agroecologies.

Consulting Services

Provide consultancy services in the area of soil testing, improved crop and  livestock production, utilization and agricultural extension strategies.

Crop and Livestock Production

Develop improved and integrated crop and livestock production.

Collaboration

Collaborate with relevant stakeholders and relevant institutions in agricultural production system.

The Institute, in order to meet its mandate and the demands of its role, has functioned as a Multi-Commodity Research, Training and Services Centre for the improvement of agricultural productivity and farm efficiency through research into the existing soils, crops and livestock resources in the broad agro-ecological zones of south-western Nigeria. The Institute has carried out its Research, Services and Training activities in the context of the following four broad objectives:

  • To serve as a national centre for the integrated improvement of the genetic potential, yield and nutritional or utilization quality of major food and agro-industrial (raw materials) crops, livestock and other important commodities adapted to the broad agro-ecological zones of south-western Nigeria.
  • To investigate, develop, evaluate, validate and promote farming systems that would increase and maximise overall agricultural production and productivity.
  • To provide adequate, relevant and functional junior, intermediate and high level manpower training for national agricultural development.
  • To collaborate with other universities, national, regional and international institutions in the validation and practical application and adoption of improved agricultural production technologies.
  • Excellence
  • Teamwork
  • Discipline
  • Innovation
  • Transparency
  • Integrity

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Ongoing Research

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Research Programmes

Land & Water Resources Management Programme

Land & Water Resources Management Programme

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Kenaf and Jute Improvement Programme

Kenaf and Jute Improvement Programme

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S/West Farming Systems Research & Extension

S/West Farming Systems Research & Extension

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Maize Improvement Programme

Maize Improvement Programme

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Grain Legumes Improvement Program

Grain Legumes Improvement Program

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Trypanotolerant Livestock Improvement Programme

Trypanotolerant Livestock Improvement Programme

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Product Development Programme

Product Development Programme

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Research and Service Units

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S PROFILE

Professor Veronica Adeoti Obatolu

Professor Veronica Adeoti Obatolu

Born more than five and half decades ago to Late Pa Jimoh and Madam Esther Alawode, Professor Veronica Obatolu is the last born of her mother. She started schooling at a tender age of 3 and went through all spheres of education (Nursery, Primary, Secondary, and University up to PhD level). The new Executive Director (ED) joined the Institute as a project staff in 1988 with Soybean Utilization Project after her first degree and she became a full staff of the Institute in 1994. She was employed as a Research Fellow II and rose through the ranks to become Research Professor in October 2006.

She has over 25 years of national and international professional experiences; committed to aiding people to eat well and lead healthy lifestyles through research, classroom teaching, and food security intervention design programmes. She was a Post-doctoral Fellow of the Department of Food and Nutrition, University of Maine, Orono, ME, the USA from 2002 to 2004. She also holds Certificates in Food safety and agribusiness, Right based approach to food and nutrition security and Monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of food and nutrition from Wageningen International, The Netherlands. She has worked as a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Health and Community Studies, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK and as Adjunct Professor at Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Ado- Ekiti teaching several courses in food and human nutrition. She has served as a reviewer for various journals nationally and internationally and attended many International conferences.

Professor Obatolu is a member of several professional bodies including the International Nutrition Society, Institute of Food Technologist and British Nutritional Society.  She has authored and co-authored over 60 publications; including peer-reviewed journal articles, books, monographs and technical reports and conferences presentations. She has gained recognition in her work and has international honours as recipients of US National Marine Fisheries Services Post-doctoral Award and Phi Tau Sigma Award, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Maine, Orono, the USA among others. She is a member of a multi-national research hub on food security within the UN-Habitat Partnership Universities Initiative and a Mentor of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)

The new Executive Director enthusiastically intends to build on the foundation laid by her predecessors to make the Institute an Agricultural Innovation and Development Centre with the mission of contributing to sustainable rural development through demand-driven appropriate technologies that are technically feasible, economically viable and socio-culturally adaptable to farming systems in different agro-ecologies of Nigeria.

Similarly, she claimed to have been an active participant in the previous administration.

Professor Veronica Obatolu was married to late Charles Obatolu and blessed with Children.

Those we work with

We are eager to collaborate with National and International Agricultural Research Organizations, Universities Worldwide, States and Federal Government Agencies/Parastatals, Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs), Small/Medium/Large scale farmers, Commodity Associations etc. in the task of making our dear Country to be food secured and a major exporters of agricultural products. We hope to make the website highly interactive and enjoyable to all.

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