Ojo Oluwayinka Seun and Akindele Shadrach Olufemi, Nigeria


OJO, Oluwayinka Seun

Hello everyone! I am Ojo, Oluwayinka Seun, a native of Osun State, Nigeria. I spent my childhood days in Lagos and Osogbo, both in Nigeria. I am currently a doctoral student in the Department of Forestry and Wood Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria.  My first degree was obtained from the same Department and University in 2008. I had my masters’ degree in 2012 at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, in the department of Forest Resources Management.  My future goal is to carry out research studies that address the issue of climate change, sustainable forest management, food availability and food security, using Geographic Information System technology as the scientific tool. Reading good literature, watching movies and talking are my own ways of unwinding.


AKINDELE, Shadrach Olufemi
Hello everyone! My name is Shadrach Olufemi Akindele, a Professor of Forest Biometrics at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. I had my University educational training in the Department of Forest Resources Management, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria where I bagged the B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. Over the years, my research activities have centred on different aspects of forest measurements and development of models to estimate forest growth and yield. Due to the importance of Geographic Information System (GIS) in forest assessment, I developed interest in GIS and enrolled for an online ITC introductory certificate course in GIS. The knowledge acquired has enabled me to take up the teaching of GIS-related courses in the Department. I was the pioneer Director of the Centre for Space Research and Applications (CESRA) in my University. As part of our activities at the Centre, we provided introductory GIS training to Government officials and members of the University community. I have served as a Consultant on many forestry and non-forestry projects within and outside Nigeria. I was the Team Leader for the African Forestry Research Network (AFORNET) project on biodiversity assessment in humid forest region of West Africa.  I was the Lead National Consultant for the midterm review of the World Bank-assisted Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) in Nigeria. I recently served as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Forest Resources Management, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada during my sabbatical leave. I am currently one of the Deputy Coordinators for the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Working Group 4.01.03 (Instruments and methods for forest mensuration). I am also a Fellow of the Forestry Association of Nigeria. My current research interest is on providing reliable estimates for carbon stock in Nigeria’s forests as a way of demonstrating their potentials for mitigating climate change. In my free time, I enjoy playing table tennis and listening to inspirational music.


Our research work, which is titled “Assessment of the willingness of rural women to adopt agroforestry as a way of combating the effect of climate change on agriculture- a case study of communities within Akure Forest Reserve in Ondo State, Nigeria”, is aimed at assessing the vulnerability of communities within and around Akure Forest Reserve to climate change. This will be achieved by the administration of a semi-structured questionnaire to adult women in Agriculture in each of those communities, while at the same time, organizing a focused group discussion to elucidate the required information. In addition, Global Positioning System (GPS) will be used in taking the geographic coordinates in locations that will be visited, which will later be used for map production. Appropriate pictures will also be taken during the field work. At the end of the study, it is expected that the level of vulnerability of the women in these communities would have been determined and a suitable adaptive  measure(such as Agroforestry),  recommended. More so, it is expected that a geo-referenced map showing all the communities would be produced and the essence of this is to enhance future monitoring.