Cluster Lead, Institutional Capacity & Future Scenarios, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Accra, Ghana
Abdulrazak Ibrahim is an agricultural biotechnologist and Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) expert with over 20 years of experience within Africa’s National Agricultural Research and Innovation System (NARIS), South America and the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) framework.
He obtained a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the Universidade de Brasilia (UnB), Brazil; a master’s degree in Biochemistry from Universidade Federal do Ceara (UFC), Fortaleza, Brazil, and a BSc degree in Biochemistry from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria.
Dr. Ibrahim is experienced in capacity development, agricultural Innovation systems (AIS), food systems approach, plant biotechnology stewardship, stakeholder engagement, development of transgenic crops, laboratory and field management of GMCrops, biosafety and foresight.
Dr. Ibrahim started his career as a Chemistry Lecturer in the Jigawa State College of Education, Gumel, and later as a Research Scientist in the Jigawa Research Institute (JRI) Kazaure, where he pioneered the setting up of a biotechnology program in the state. He subsequently joined the Department of Biochemistry of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor, before joining the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) as a Post-Doctoral Researcher, rising to become the Cluster Lead of Institutional Capacity and Future Scenarios (ICF), Coordinator of Capacity Development and Technology Outreach (CDTO) Compact of African Development Bank’s(AfDB) funded program, Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) in FARA. As a lecturer, he has taught biology, biochemistry, plant science, agricultural biotechnology, nutrition, genetic engineering, data management, and biosafety at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
He represents FARA at various levels, including the Steering Group of the African Seed Biotechnology Program (ASBP) of the African Union Commission (AUC); Steering Committee of Tropical Agricultural Platform (TAP) of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO); Task Force on Digital Transformation of AUC and is member of Environment and Bioresources thematic group of Research and Development Steering Committee (RDSC) of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) of Nigeria.
Dr Ibrahim understands Arabic, English, French, Hausa, Igbo & Portuguese languages.
He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Nigerian Journal Biotechnology (NJB).