Featured in this issue
Dr. Hannah Jaenicke studied agriculture at Bonn University in Germany and has a PhD in Botany from Darmstadt University also in Germany. She worked for ten years at the World Agroforestry Centre ICRAF in Kenya on the propagation of indigenous fruit trees, before she moved to a career in research management. She was the Deputy Manager of the UK’s Forestry Research Programme and then the Director of the International Centre for Underutilised Crops (ICUC), based in Sri Lanka. Dr. Jaenicke is now back in Germany where she is the coordinator of the Horticulture Competence Centre. She is also the Vice Chair of the Section Tropical and Sub-Tropical Plants within the International Society for Horticultural Sciences. She is also a reviewer for the European Commission’s framework research programmes.”
Dr Jaenicke has been a dedicated reviewer for AJFAND and a key scientific collaborator for over a decade. Her support is highly valued. Ed. AJFAND
Oluwafunmiso Adeola Olajide is a lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ibadan. She obtained her first and second degrees from the same Department and University in 1997 and 1998, respectively. She had a brief stint working in the private sector before leaving for her doctoral studies in Agricultural Economics at the University of Hohenheim Stuttgart Germany under the auspices of the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) and the tutelage of her ‘Doktorvater’ and mentor Prof Dr. Werner Doppler. She specialized in Farming and Rural Systems Economics and her research interests include Food Security, Living Standard, Climate Change and Gender issues. She is a member of several professional associations including the African Association of Agricultural Economist; and since 2011 became the Assistant General Secretary of the Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists. She has over 30 publications including books, journal articles, chapter in a book and conference articles in both local and international media. She was twice a visiting researcher at the University of Hohenheim’s Institute of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences in the Tropics and Sub-Tropics, Stuttgart, Germany. She is a 2014 African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Fellow. She has a passion for smallholder farmers, particularly women, and she loves to mentor students as well as young faculty members. She also loves to understudy women who have all round excellent track records most prominent of whom are Dr (Mrs) B.H Akinsanmi, Prof Janice Olawoye, Prof Yombo Bolarinwa, and Mrs Foluke Osunkunle. She has also benefitted from the support and encouragement of Prof Ruth O’niango and Prof Esther Aderibigbe.
Olajide O.A (2014): Climate Change Awareness and Its Effects on Crop Output in Oyo State. IOSR Journal of Agriculture and Veterinary Science Vol. 7. No 1, 21-26.
Olajide O.A (2014): Household Food Market Relations and Its Implications for Food Security of Farm Families in South East Nigeria: A Case from Imo State. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development Vol.14. No 2, 1-7.
Olajide O.A and Doppler W. (2013): Perspectives on Food Security: A Gender Based Comparison of Rural Households in South east Nigeria. Global Journal of Human Social Sciences in Vol. 13. No. 7, 23-30.
Olajide O.A(2012): Gender Roles, Decision Making and Resource Allocation in Agricultural Households of South–East Nigeria. International Journal of Agriculture, Vol. 4. No. 3, 99-106.
Olajide O.A and Doppler W.(2010) Gender and Food Security in Rural Households-A Comparative Analyses: Farming and Rural Systems Economics W. Doppler and S. Bauer (Eds) MargrafWeikersheim;165 pages.
Dr Olajide truly impressed me when I listened to her and interacted with her at a recent conference. Subsequently I invited her to be an AJFAND reviewer. Already she is doing a great job and we value her support. Ed. AJFAND
Dr Roland Holou is a scientist, a businessman, a published author, and an international consultant. His areas of expertise are agribusiness, biotechnology, diaspora engagement, Africa development, plant biology, genetics, physiology, rangeland management, soil science, microbiology, entomology, biochemistry, ecology, and statistics. Dr. Roland Holou is a dual citizen of Benin Republic (West Africa) and the USA. He obtained his Bachelor Degree in Agronomy and his Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering at the University of Abomey Calavi in Benin. He has a Ph.D. in Plant, Insect and Microbial Sciences at the University of Missouri (USA) where he graduated as the Doctoral Marshal (first of his class).
Roland Holou is the Founder and CEO of DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com), the premier global diaspora engagement network platform that connects the international diasporas to each other and to opportunities with governments, nonprofits, businesses, laboratories, international institutions, schools, and research institutions. DiasporaEngager is also a think tank and a consulting company that helps the diasporas and their stakeholders to locate, engage, and network with each other and with their country of origin and their current country of residence. Dr Roland Holou is the architect of the world’s largest map of the diaspora and their stakeholders (https://diasporaengager.com/map/). To learn more about Roland Holou’s work concerning the international diaspora engagement, please visit his blog at www.DiasporasNews.com.
Before founding DiasporaEngager, Roland worked as a plant biotechnology research scientist in the USA. He also has held international positions including the International Chair of the “Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Association”, and the “International Service in Agronomy Award Committee” at the American Society of Agronomy. Roland Holou is a member of several professional associations including: American Chemical Society, Association of African Agricultural Professionals in the Diaspora, French Writers Association, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Association, International Association for Plant Biotechnology, American Society of Plant Biologists, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Canadian Society for Engineering in Agricultural, Food, Environmental, and Biological Systems; American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, American Society for Microbiology, American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Benin Association of Pastoralism, etc.
Throughout his career, Dr Roland Holou has received many awards and honors such as: “National Association of Distinguished Professionals”, “Top Ranked U.S. Executives Award by National Council of American Executives”; “Who's Who in the World”; “Who’s Who in America”; “Cambridge Who’s Who among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs”; “Doctoral Marshal”; “Rollins Society Inductee”; etc.
Selected Published Books
Holou R.A.Y., 2010. A continent in tears: The origin of Africa’s collapse and how to reverse it. Outskirts Publishing. Colorado, US. 206p. ISBN: ISBN-13: 9781432717346; ISBN: 1432717340. (Can be viewed at: http://outskirtspress.com/acontinentintears)
Holou R.A.Y., 2008. La faillite des cadres et intellectuels africains. Editions l’Harmattan. Collection Points de vue. Paris, France. 332p. ISBN 978-2-296-06145-3.
(Can be viewed at http://harmattan.fr/index.asp?navig=catalogue&obj=livre&no=27138).
Selected Scientific Publications
Holou, R. A. Y., Stevens, W., Rhine, M., Heiser, J., Shannon, G., Kindomihou, V., & Sinsin, B., 2014. Sweet Sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] Biomass Production for Biofuel and the Effects of Soil Types and Nitrogen Fertilization. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 00:1–16. DOI: 10.1080/00103624.2014.950424.
Holou R.A.Y., Stevens G., Kindomihou V. 2013. Return of aboveground nutrients by switchgrass into surrounding soil during senescence. Biofuels 4(2): 169-183. DOI: 10.4155/BFS.12.79
Holou R.A.Y., E.G. Achigan-Dako, and Sinsin B., 2013. Ecology and management of invasive plants in Africa. In Invasive Plant Ecology, eds. Jose, S., Singh, H., Kohli, R., and Batish, D., pp 161-174. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. ISBN: 978-1-4398-8126-2.
Holou R.A.Y., Kindomihou V. 2011. Impact of Nitrogen Fertilization on the oil, protein, starch, and ethanol yield of Corn [Zea mays (L)] grown for Biofuel Production. Journal of Life Sciences 5(2011): 1013-1021.
Holou R.A.Y., Stevens G., Kindomihou V. 2011. Impact of nitrogen fertilization on nutrient removal by corn grain. Online. Crop Management doi: 10.1094/CM-2011-1223-02-RS.
Holou R.A.Y., Stevens G., Sinsin B., 2011. Biomass production and soil nutrient removal by switchgrass grown for biofuel production. Future Science, Biofuels 2:629-637. doi: 10.4155/bfs.11.140.
Holou R.A.Y., Stevens G., 2011. Juice, sugar, and bagasse response of sweet sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench cv. M81E) to N fertilization and soil type. Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 4:302-310. doi: 10.1111/j.1757-1707.2011.01126.x.
Holou R.A.Y., and Kindomihou K., 2011. Impact of Nitrogen Fertilization on the oil, protein, starch, and ethanol yield of Corn [Zea mays (L)] grown for Biofuel Production. Journal of Life Sciences 5: 1013-1021.
Holou R.A.Y., Teka O.S., Kindomihou M.V., Sinsin A.B., 2011. Germination et utilisation de Caesalpinia benthamiana (Baillon) P.S.Herendeen & J.L.Zarucchi (Leguminosae-Caesalpiniaceae) dans l’aménagement anti-érosif des retenues d’hydraulique pastorale au Bénin. International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences. 5(2):533-545.
Stevens G. and Holou R.A.Y., 2011. Sweet Sorghum as a Biofuel Crop. p56-74. In Nigel G Halford and Angela Karp (eds). Energy Crops. Royal Society of Chemistry. Energy and Environment Series No. 3. First Edition. London, UK. ISBN-13: 978-1849730327. (Invited)
Holou R.A.Y., 2010. Nutrient, water, and soil type management of biofuel feedstock production by corn, sorghum and switchgrass. PhD Dissertation. Plant, Insect and Microbial Science (Option: Plant Biology and Genetics). University of Missouri – Columbia. Division of Plant Sciences, Missouri, US. 28 September. 346 p.
Holou R.A.Y and Sinsin B., 2002. Bushy weeds overrunning artificial and natural grasslands grazed by sheep and cows in the Guinean zone in Benin. Benin Agronomic Sciences Annals (1):40-66.
We at AJFAND feel lucky to have Dr Holou, with his vast experience, on our reviewer list. His support is highly valued. Ed. AJFAND