Francis Aderibigbe

Project Coordinator, Feed the Future Water
For Agriculture (WFA) Activity

As Project Coordinator on the USAID Water for Agriculture Activity currently being implemented by DDI in selected communities in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States, Francis provides leadership and direction to ensure timely and effective delivery of the strategic objectives of the project within the scope and budget. Francis is an Agronomist and Agricultural Extension service delivery professional with many years of committed service in the public, private and developmental sectors, working with smallholder farmers in different capacities, facilitating the transfer of appropriate, demand-driven, adaptable, ecologically sustainable, innovative technologies and practices. He is very passionate about improving the status of smallholder farmers through mentoring and coaching, building their capacity, and facilitating their access to the right information, knowledge and institutional supports.

Francis served as the Project Coordinator on the USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project – Northeast expansion project, a multisectoral intervention which DDI implemented in FCT, Sokoto, Kebbi, Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States. He has also managed and coordinated several other projects successfully. As an Agronomist/Extension specialist, he led the execution of ECOWAS-RAAF/ Spanish International Development agency’s project on the empowerment of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) through agriculture and improved livelihoods and income generation. Francis also provided oversight responsibility as Lead Coordinator/Agronomist on the USAID Markets II Cassava Value Chain project in FCT. Some of his other professional areas of interest include Sustainable Agricultural Land Management, Agribusiness development and Management, Value Chain Development and Project Proposal development. A certified Project management professional and Crop Protection Products’ specialist, Francis attended the University of Ibadan where he obtained a BSc (with Honors) in Agriculture (Crop Science option) and an MSc in Agronomy, specializing in farming systems. Francis holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology from the Redeemers Bible College.

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