Professor Stella O. Odebode.

A Gender and Rural development consultant at the University of Ibadan. She is an Agricultural extensionist particularly concerned with gender dynamics in rural areas and socio-cultural aspects of rural development interventions, both via qualitative and quantitative research methodology. She has substantial research experience in Gender issues, African agriculture, Women in development, rural poverty, integrating socially marginalized sectors of the rural population into development programmes, enhancing rural income generation, and community participation in natural resource management of the rural poor. She has undertaken over 40 consultancy assignments with the World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria, Helen Keller Foundation International and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) U.S.A.

She possesses strong analytical and conceptual skills, with particular experience in practical field-based development in designing and implementation of gender sensitization programs, management of women-focused special initiatives, and evaluation of period gender programs. She conducts gender impact evaluation monitoring with high diplomatic skills to support effective work through implementing agencies. She has first-hand knowledge of gender priorities of leading donor agencies and some renowned institutions. She has proven ability to operate effectively in multicultural environments, especially in the Northern and the southern parts of Nigeria.

She has the ability and capacity to manage tasks in diverse environments, and extensive experience in developing proposals for implementation of gender-related poverty alleviation programs in Nigeria. In addition, I have developed collaborative arrangements on improving the lives of the rural poor with a wide range of partners – Government, NGOs, private sectors, donor agencies, the media and the academia.