Profile of the Head of Department

HODProf. L. Tanko is the current Head of Department, Agricultural Economics and Extension Technology, School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria. He is a Professor of Agricultural Economics and has considerable research expertise and experience in the field of Econometrics Modelling, Quantitative Analytical techniques and Forecasting, Statistical Computing and Operations Research. He had supervised and graduated several Ph.D and Master students. He is teaching quantitative courses such as Econometrics, Mathematical Economics, Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomic Theory, Production Economics and Agribusiness Management. He had served as a Consultant to several International organizations including the World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, DC. Majority of his research works are published by reputable International Journals. His areas of research interest include Resource and Production Economics with interest in optimization and efficiency analysis. His technical expertise is manifested in his numerous investigations into agricultural product value addition, technical, allocative and economic efficiency in production, optimization of organizational/firm production goals and economic analysis.

He has in-depth knowledge in the use of Computers for data acquisition and analysis, graphic presentation and Reports’ preparation with excellent human relations and organisation skills. He has succeeded in bringing people together from different disciplines to work on multidisciplinary research projects. He has been instrumental in forging several university and institutional-level collaborations and linkages with institutions within and outside Nigeria through the Office responsible for the internationalization of the activities of the University.

The Department aspires to provide a world class academic and technological training in Agricultural Economics and Farm Management and Agricultural Extension and Rural Development suitable for development and advancement of high calibre manpower and generate sustainable improvement in all areas of agriculture.

To prepare graduates and postgraduates who are job creators that possess up to date knowledge and skill to conduct research for advancing agricultural economics and Farm Management and disseminate such for development and improvement at community, regional, national and global level.

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