Apex Award Winner 2013 - Tahirou Abdoulaye
Tahirou Abdoulaye is an Agricultural Economist with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) based in Ibadan, Nigeria. His research work covers a wide range of rural economic issues including seed systems, farm-level efficiency and also technology evaluation and transfer. He has published papers on impact assessment of research activities in several African countries including Niger, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Nigeria, and Benin. His more recent research interest focuses on innovation systems and how they can help increase technology uptake by small farmers.
Dr. Abdoulaye has also been active in technology transfer to ensure the greatest impact via the adoption of new technologies. He was the IITA project leader for the Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage (PICS) project with responsibilities for Nigeria, Cameroon, Benin and Togo. In Nigeria the PICS program reached farmers in over 12000 villages providing them with information on how to effectively store their cowpea in triple layer plastic bags to protect them from bruchid damage. With effective storage farmers are able to hold their cowpea and sell later in the market year and take advantage of the increased income from higher market prices.
Tahirou has played an important role as a member of several graduate student committees from the Purdue Agricultural Economics department. His support has included assistance with problem definition and methodology to data collection to analysis of the results.
Tahirou Abdoulaye received his B.Sc. in economics from the University of Niamey, Niger in 1988. He received his M.Sc. in 1994 and Ph.D. in 2002 both in agricultural economics from Purdue University. Prior to joining IITA in 2007, he was a research fellow with Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) (2005─2006), Scientist at Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN) (2004─2005), graduate research assistant and postdoctoral research associate at Purdue University (1997─2003) and Economist at INRAN (1989─1993, 1994─1996).He is married to Amina and they have 4 boys (Moussa, Ibrahim, Seyni and Issa).