Who we are

The Okunland Farmers’ Development Initiative (OFDi) Nigeria with Registration No: CAC/IT/No 79119 of Jully 07, 2015 is a Non-Govermental, Non-Political, Non-Secterian and Not-For-Profit Oganization with Head office in Odo-Eri, Yagba West LGA, kogi State and field offices in other parts in Nigeria.

Agriculture remains a core concern of the rural community, hence farmers need to be targeted to benefit from development initiatives. Despite the fact that smallholder farmers play key role in nation building and food security, they face numerous challenges including difficulties in accessing cultivable lands; improved seeds and seedlings; accessing other input and financial services; agricultural extension and technology transfer; lack the experience and knowledge of market information; lack business management and entrepreneurial skills; lack information about weather conditions. OFDi is a platform to interact and share experiences, challenges and solutions among farmers, farmers’ organisations, private and public sectors as well as NGOs and development institutions.

Our Core Values

Service to the Vulnerable and Excluded
Focus on voiceless, vulnerable, powerless, marginalized farmers and communities including but not limited to unemployed youth, people with disabilities, women (especially widows);

Respect and Equality
Work with all persons irrespective of their social standing, gender, ethnicity, religious affiliations, and disability;

Motivation
Harness and energize people’s power to provide a platform for key actors to connect with farmers and socially marginalized groups;

Resourcefulness and Innovation
Efficient and effective use of resources for sustainable development of the organization, farmers and communities. Be creative and innovative in the pursuit of our vision.

Board of Trustees

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Osten O.Olorunsola

Chairperson

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Prof. Abayomi Oloruntoba

Executive Secretary

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Oba (Engr) Babalola Jones Olufemi, MNIPM

Member Board of Trustees

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Dr. Alhassan Musah

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Dr. Abudulai Sulemana

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Chief Folorunsho Oni

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Dr. Tolulope Oloruntoba

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Dr. Oluyomi Oloruntoba

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Abayomi a pragmatic professional in rural advisory services, management training and consulting. Having worked with development agencies and universities in Nigeria and Ghana, he has gathered an extensive experience in teaching & research, project planning, monitoring & evaluation, extension delivery, technical report preparation and publications spanning over 40 years. He holds a Ph.D and B.Sc. [Ibadan, Nigeria] and a M.S. [California, Berkeley, USA]. He has also traveled widely on several professional assignments and presented scientific papers at national and international conferences. His administrative and leadership skills have been honed through various positions he held as Head of Department, Deputy Dean, Director of Research & Extension Centre in the university system and in industry as Founder / Managing Director of Cedar Grove Nigeria Limited. These varied experiences have groomed him and now place him in good stead to successfully develop strategies and navigate initiatives to support rural communities and keep programmes in their right perspectives. Abayomi is a member of eight scientific and professional associations including the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE), USA, The Rural Sociological Association of Nigeria (RUSAN), Nigerian Institute for Training and Development (NITAD), and Life Member, Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria (AESON).

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