Dr. Gbadebo Odularu is a regional policies analyst at the continental Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). He is currently the 2010/2011 Journal of African Economies (JAE) visiting scholar at the Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. In 2009, he was a visiting fellow at the Centre for Regional Economic Studies (CRES), Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), Seoul, South Korea. He was also the 2008 visiting doctoral scholar at the Economic Research and Statistics Division (ERSD), World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to this, he was a graduate / research assistant at the Trade Policy Research and Training Programme (TPRTP), Department of Economics, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Ibadan (U.I). He was also a field supervisor for the USAID/IITA/WARDA/NISER collaborative study on the constraints, opportunities, and strategic choices within the Nigerian rice economy in a competitive world. From 2003 to 2008, he was a lecturer at the Department of Economics and Development Studies, Covenant University, Nigeria. Currently, as a regional advocacy and policies analyst, he works closely with national, regional and international partners to promote information sharing on agricultural research and development policy instruments for dissemination across the African continent. He holds a Ph.D in Economics and has widely published in refereed journals. He is also a member of the editorial boards of a number of journals.
Gbadebo is a member of the Natural Resources, Agricultural Development and Food Security International Research Network (NAF-IRN), the Chatham House, Academic Council of the United Nations System (ACUNS), Australian Agricultural and Resources Economic Society, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Network, and the Nigerian Economic Society (NES).
He is a pioneer coordinator / manager of the Young Professionals’ Platform for Agricultural Research for Development in Africa (YPARDAfrica). In this capacity, he facilitates exchange of information and knowledge among young African professionals across disciplines, nations and sub-regions. He also leads a team of young professionals in agriculture to articulate the strategic roles of youth in promoting agro-entrepreneurship, adapting and mitigating climate change, choosing agriculture as a career, and promoting agricultural development within the framework of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).