Olarewaju Babatunde is a gender and agricultural value chain expert with 12 years of experience. He is a highly skilled and experienced professional with a proven track record of success in advocating for gender equality and social justice. He has a deep understanding of rural sociology and he is passionate about using his knowledge and skills to empower women and youth in agriculture.
Babatunde has worked on a variety of agricultural projects in Nigeria and other African countries, including projects focused on gender mainstreaming, youth empowerment, value chain development, and market access. He has also provided training and capacity building to agricultural stakeholders on a range of topics, including gender-responsive agriculture, value chain analysis, and project management. In addition, he supported gender-responsive agricultural development, including projects to promote women's access to land, credit, and inputs, and to strengthen women's participation in agricultural value chains. He has developed and implemented gender-sensitive agricultural training programs, conducting research on the gender dimensions of agricultural value chains, and advising governments and development organizations on gender issues in agriculture and promoted gender-inclusive agricultural value chains
Currently, he works as Lead Strategist of FutuX Agri-consult Ltd, a private agricultural extension firm providing support to smallholders, including women. He had also worked under different national and international projects with various organizations such as MasterCard Foundation, CBI (Netherlands), Fair match Support, GIZ, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP), Action against Hunger, Tanager International, SADC Research centre, IFAD/FGN (VCDP) amongst others.
Babatunde is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of women and youths and his work is helping to create a more sustainable and inclusive agricultural sector in Africa.