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GBOLAGADE BABALOLA AYOOLA is professor of agricultural economics and policy of University of Agriculture Makurdi, Benue State Nigeria., where he was a pioneer member of the academic staff since 1988 and had served in various capacities, notably as Head of Agricultural Economics Department and Director of Centre for Food and Agricultural Strategy (now Institute of Food Security). He was initially a Research Associate at the World Bank-assisted Federal Agricultural Coordinating Unit of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and afterwards, an adviser and a consultant to federal, state and local government ministries, departments and agencies in Nigeria, as also to several international institutions in agricultural development, trade and finance. A Fellow of Nigerian Associations of Agricultural Economists, and of the Institute of Management Consultants, Ayoola founded the Farm and Infrastructure Foundation (FIF) in 1999, an organization for promoting policy best practices in agriculture and rural development.