Abraham Shaibu, Dr. (PhD, Plant Breeding and Genetics)
Generative Seed Manager
Abraham Shaibu is the Generative Seed Production Expert at IITA GoSeed. His specialization is in rice breeding and genetics. His role within GoSeed includes facilitating successful seed production, establishing partnerships with key stakeholders, ensuring quality seed delivery system in-house and by clients and liaising with the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) to ensure quality production and certification.
In times past, Dr. Abraham has contributed to the development of interspecific lines between O. glaberrima and O. sativa. His recent accomplishments are published in peer reviewed scientific journals, having presented several scientific papers, posters and abstract at various international conferences and symposia across the globe. Dr. Abraham has also contributed to the coordination of several projects funded by the USAID, including a project on emergency rice initiative in four countries – Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Nigeria in 2008 to 2010; the Generation Challenge Program (GCP) in Burkina Faso, Mali and Nigeria in 2011 to 2014; and the USAID Seed Scaling Project targeting four countries – Ghana, Liberia, Senegal and Nigeria in 2014 to 2017.
Prior to joining GoSeed, Dr. Abraham has worked as the Associate Principal Scientist – (Seed System Specialist – Rice Seed Expert) at Africa Rice Center, IITA Ibadan, Nigeria; as the Principal Research Officer, National Cereals Research Institute, Badeggi; and as the Research Supervisor, Plantain and Banana Breeding and Improvement Program, IITA High Rainfall Station, Onne, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. His core areas of competencies are seed system development, proposal writing, project development and implementation, participatory breeding, farmer organization for training, knowledge/technology transfer, establishing community-based seed enterprises, working in diverse, multicultural partnerships and resource mobilization.