Prof. Agwu

Agwu Ekwe Agwu

Agwu Ekwe Agwu, a communication expert who teaches in the Department of Agricultural Extension UNN is equally attached to the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Development Research, UNN as an Associate Research Fellow. He obtained his professional training at the University of Nigeria Nsukka where he graduated with a Bachelor of Agriculture Degree in Agricultural Extension (with First Class Honours) in 1994; a Masters Degree and Doctorate Degree in 1997 and 2000, respectively. He has been involved in teaching and research in agricultural communication, rural development and agro technology transfer since 1995. Prof. Agwu has consulted extensively on issues of communication, naturalresources management, rural development and extension reforms. He has published widely in scholarly journals with over one hundred publications to his credit. Prof. Agwu was the Lead consultant to the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) Nairobi, Kenya (between 1999 and 2003) on Traditional Beekeeping and Agro forestry in Southeastern Nigeria: Implications for Economic Empowerment and Environmental Sustainability. He facilitated the field research study on National Study of (the textile and leather) SME Clusters in Aba, Abia State for the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) between February and April 2005; the Opinion Poll Rating of the Regulatory Transparency and Effectiveness of the Nigerian Communications Commission (North East and South East Geopolitical Zones) for the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) between October 2004 and August 2006 and the Baseline Survey on Rice, Sorghum and Cowpea in selected states of Nigeria for the USAID/Nigeria MARKETS between May and July 2006. Prof. Agwu has also consulted for the National Planning Commission (NPC) (under the auspices of the African Institute for Applied Economics (AIAE)) on the Size, Nature and Trends of the Informal Sector of the Nigerian Economy: Evidence from Macroeconomic and Microeconomic Analysis between September 2006 and April 2007 and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on the Assessment of Level of Access to ICTs in Semi-Urban and Rural Nigeria (North Central and South East Geopolitical Zones) between February 2006 and December 2007. Prof. Agwu was the Lead consultant to a Non-Governmental Organization (Women Skills Development and Support Initiative (WEDSI), Otukpo), on the Needs Assessment of Benue South Senatorial Zone, Benue State, Nigeria between January 2008 and October 2008. He also facilitated, as a supervisor for the North-West Zone, the field study on Measuring and Benchmarking of Nigeria’s Digital Opportunity Index (DOI) with similar Markets between July and September 2008 for the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC). Prof. Agwu participated as the socio – economic expert in a study on Land Degradation Mapping and Assessment for Prevention and Control of Potential Erosion Hazards in Nigeria using Satellite Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques (for the South-South; South –East; South –West and North - East Zones) between April 2008 and June 2009, for the Department of Erosion, Flood and Coastal Zone Management, Federal Ministry of Environment, Housing and Urban Development, Abuja, Nigeria. He was also the field supervisor for the study on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Control Measures Cost-Benefit Study in Kano state in September 2009 for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)/International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Prof. Agwu was the Lead consultant to the African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) Network Nairobi, Kenya, on the study - Agricultural Innovations for Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security in West Africa: The Case of Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Liberia. He was a Consultant to Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EC (CTA), Wageningen, The Netherlands, for the Agricultural Science Technology and Innovation study on the Cassava Innovation System in Nigeria, June 2010 – February 2011. He also consulted for the World Bank, in the Fourth Joint World Bank / Federal Government of Nigeria Supervision Mission of the Third National Fadama Development Project, June, 13 – 24, 2011. Prof. Agwu was a consultant to the Ebonyi State Fadama III Project on the Contribution of Small –Scale Community – Owned Infrastructure (SCI) and Asset Acquisition to the attainment of the Fadama III Project Development Objective in Ebonyi State, Nigeria. 2nd September – 30th November, 2011.


Prof. Agwu also consulted for the Federal Ministry of Environment, Abuja Nigeria on Communication Based Assessment of Stakeholders’ Awareness, Knowledge and Attitude of Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) in Nigeria between August and October 2012. He is a member of some international professional bodies which include International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD); International Society of Extension Education (INSEE), India; African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) Network, Kenya; Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria (AESON), and a fellow of the African Heritage Institute (AfrHeritage).

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