Prof. Nkiru Theresa Meludu is the Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension in the Faculty of Agriculture, Nnamdi Azikiwe University. Her areas of specialization includes Food and Nutrition Security, Agricultural Extension/Advisory Services/Community Development, Home Economics, Gender, Ecological Organic Agriculture, climate change, She served as a consultant to both national and international Universities, and also a member of both national and international associations, to mention but a few: AESON, RUSAN, NOAN, IFOAM, ISOFAR, IFHE, HECN, HERAN, SHEN, RUSAN, NIFAAS, AFRAAS, GIFRAAS, Apiculture Society of Nigeria etc. She undertook a post-doctoral fellowship in Japan 1998 to 2000 at the National Institute of Agricultural Research, Tsukuba, sponsored by Japanese International Science and Technology Exchange Centre. She had scholarship to participate in certificate courses on Food and Nutrition Security/HIVAIDs in Wageningen University Netherlands (Netherland Fellowship Program- NFP) in 2013; Orange Knowledge Fellowship (OKF), March 2019 on Governance and Food Safety in International Food Chains in Wageningen University Netherlands. She won the University of Ibadan Senate Research Grant for individual 2005 and inter-faculty researches for two consecutive times on sweet potato value addition 2005, 2006, Co-investigator tetfund grant 2015, Investigator on HIV/AIDs sponsored by ARPAN- Winrock International USA 2004, also received Idachaba Foundation for Research and Scholarship grant 2006. She is the Project Coordinator for Healthy Foods for Consumers Initiative that consulted on International Research on Ecological Organic Agriculture for Africa (2012, 2014 -2018) Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) and SIDA. She facilitated the establishment of “Farmers and Consumers Forum” a Radio programme for the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension which is currently running in Unizik FM 94.1 since 2016 to date. A consultant /facilitator for IFAD Value Chain Development Programm (VCDP) Nutrition Intervention (Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture) sensitization of Extension Agents, VCDP Staff and Farmers in Anambra State August 2018, 2019 and November 2020. Nnamdi Azikiwe University contact person for RUFORUM since 2019 and also, consultant to NUON, NUC, Tetfund and several universities. She has attended conferences and scientific meetings in USA, Germany, Switzerland, Korea, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Mali, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Australia, and Turkey just to mention a few. She has over 80 peer reviewed articles to her credit. She is married to Prof S.C. Meludu and blessed with lovely children.
Undergraduate Qualifications
1. National Certificate in Education (NCE) Home Economics, College of Education Abraka 1986 2. B. Sc. Home Economics (Food and Nutrition), Ekpoma January 1990
Postgraduate Qualifications
1. M. Sc. in Agricultural Extension Services, Ibadan October 1992. 2. Ph.D. Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Ibadan March 1997
Previous Employment
1. Federal College of Education (Technical) Oyo, Oyo State 1993 -1995
2. University of Ibadan July 1, 1995 to January 31, 2018
3. Transferred Service to Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka January 31, 2018