Prof Baba Yusuf Abubakar: 1st African Chair, Board of Trustees WorldFish

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Prof Baba Yusuf Abubakar is a renowned scholar, distinguished Abusite and respected professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics. He was the pioneer executive secretary, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria – ARCN, and currently the chairman, Board of Trustees, of the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM).

Professor Baba Yusuf Abubakar was born on 7th February 1955 in Gombe, Nigeria. He graduated in 1977 with Bsc Agriculture top of his class at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He holds an M. Sc (1983) and PhD (1985) in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Ivy League Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A

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Prof Baba Yusuf Abubakar

His working career started in 1978 with the National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI) Shika, Zaria as Graduate Assistant and rose to the rank of Professor of Animal Science.

Prof. Abubakar was the pioneer executive secretary of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (2006–2016) and is currently the pro-chancellor/chairman, governing council of Gombe State University of Science & Technology, Kumo as well as visiting Professor at the University of Abuja.

He had previously served internationally as a member for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research [CGIAR] ExCo & Fund/System Council representing sub-Saharan Africa (2008–2016).

Chairman of the governing board of the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (2010–2012); a member of the governing board of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (2010–2012); and an expert panel member on the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (2013).

Professor Baba Yusuf Abubakar also serves as an executive board member of the Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (2013–2018).

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The Board of Trustees of the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM), also known as WorldFish, with Headquarters in Penang, Malaysia, selected Prof Baba Yusuf Abubakar as chair with effect from July 1, 2019. This is the first time that the board is appointing an African as its chair in the center’s 44-year history

WorldFish is an International non-profit research organisation founded in 1975, under the umbrella of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) with offices in Asia, Africa and the Pacific.

Prof. Abubakar is a recipient of the Nigerian National Honours Award of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR)and the CORAF/WECARD award of Honour for invaluable contribution to agricultural research and development in West & Central Africa. He has written over 160 publications.


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