Abdulazeez, Tukur


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Abdulazeez, earned a Master of Science in Agronomy from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria in 2021.
Earned a Bachelor of Agriculture in Crop/Soil Sciences and graduated as the Best Student from the Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria in 2012.

Member of the Royal Society of Biology, United Kingdom, 2023.
Member of the Agricultural Society of Nigeria, 2013.

Worked as a Research Supervisor in Agronomy at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) at the institute's office in Nigeria from October 2014 to October 2022. At ICRISAT, I was involved in the planning, implementation and management of agronomic research aimed to develop new groundnut, millet and sorghum-based production systems and technologies to identity the technologies capable of improving the level of income and livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Nigeria; publish the results of the research in the peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings to contribute to knowledge.

Was involved in the implementation of donor funded research for development project activities of the institute, with active involvement in the implementation of such projects as the Gates Foundation funded Spurring a Transformation for Agriculture through Remote Sensing (STARS) project; the African Development Bank (AfDB) Nigerian government funded Agriculture Transformation Agenda Support Programme Phase-One (ATASP-1); the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Feed the Future Integrated Agriculture Activities (IAA) in North-eastern Nigeria; the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Kano state government funded Agro-pastoral Development Project (KSADP); the World Bank Nigerian government funded Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) project; etc. Through these projects, I contributed through trainings, knowledge extension, seed dissemination, development of crop growers guides, etc which benefitted the youths, women, and the vulnerable beneficiaries of the projects by:
1. Planning and supervision of the preparation and distribution of about 1,000 MT of seeds and other inputs used in the establishment of 1,500 production technology demonstration plots and distributed to 140,000 farmers which led to cultivation of over 50,000 ha across Nigeria.
2. Organizing and participating in the training of 15,234 farmers on good agricultural practices of groundnut, millet and sorghum grain production.
3. Organizing and participating in the training of almost 2,000 community-based seed producers on the groundnut, millet and sorghum seeds production.
4. Organizing and participating in the training of 8,681 women and youth on the groundnut, millet and sorghum processing for household nutrition and income generation.
5. Organizing and participating in the training of 15,234 persons on post-harvest handling of crops and crop produce for increased shelf life.
6. Co-authoring of 8 crop growers guides on groundnut, millet and sorghum grain and seed production in Nigeria.

In March 2022, I secured the United Kingdom's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) PhD funding through the Barley Industrial Training Network (BARIToNE) Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) to study PhD in Geography at the University of Dundee, UK which I started in September 2022.
Through the joint collaborative partnership and supervision by the team of academics and researchers from the University of Dundee and Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), and scientists from Diageo, my PhD will work to combine advanced remote sensing with change in crop nutrient use to improve nutrient utilization and efficiency in barley. The project has the aim of filling some of the existing gaps about the use of remote sensing and agronomy-based approaches to detect the changes in barley’s nutrient demand and use for the improvement of utilization and efficiency, and specific objectives which includes:
1. Identifying the scope for reducing input waste.
2. Identifying strategies to manage nutrients and fertilizers more efficiently.
3. Identifying nitrogen application strategies capable of improving yields whilst reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) losses.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, Agronomy, Bayero University

15 Feb 20173 Nov 2021

Award Date: 3 Nov 2021

Bachelor of Science, Agriculture (Crop/ Soil Sciences), Usmanu Danfodiyo University

15 Jan 200815 Dec 2012

Award Date: 15 Dec 2012

External positions

Research Supervisor, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

1 Aug 201912 Oct 2022

Research Technician, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

13 Oct 201431 Jul 2019


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