Welcome : Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

HOD's Address

I welcome you to the webpage of the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, University of Ibadan, Ibadan. The department is one of the seven departments of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. The department which started in 1975 trains middle and high level manpower in the theory and practice of behavioral and social change for increased agricultural production and improved standard of living.

In order to meet global extension needs of middle and high level manpower, the department runs both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in agricultural extension and rural development. The undergraduate programme leads to the Bachelor of Agriculture (B. Agric.) in Agricultural Extension while the three academic postgraduate programmes lead to Master of Science (M.Sc.), Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees respectively. The professional postgraduate diploma programme leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Extension (PDAE). Courses offered in these programmes include agricultural extension, agricultural administration, extension psychology, rural sociology, agricultural communication and home economics among others.

The department is organized into four units namely: General Extension, Rural Sociology, Agricultural Communication and Home Economics. These units have a mix of renowned academic and resourceful administrative staff members.

Since its inception, the Department has benefited from the leadership of the following Heads of Department:

Prof. A.U. Patel 1975 – 1978

Prof. S.K.T. Williams 1978 – 1984; 1990-1993


Prof. J.A. Ekpere 1984 – 1988

Prof. Carol E. Williams 1988 - 1990; 1993- 1997

Prof. T.O. Ogunfiditimi 1997 - 1998

Prof. Janice E. Olawoye 1998 – 2004


Dr. A.A. Ladele 2004 - 2006

Prof. T.A. Olowu 2006 – to-Date

Under their leadership, the department has produced several graduates who have risen to the echelon of their professions in Nigeria and other sub-Saharan African countries. The leadership role these graduates play in many Nigerian universities, non governmental organizations and agricultural development agencies is a testimony to the appropriateness and relevance of its programme.

It is therefore with great pleasure that you are welcomed to this page and hoping that your expectations will be met. However, further details may be obtained by contacting the department at agric_ext@mail.ui.edu.ng or terry.olowu@mail.ui.edu.ng.

Thank you and happy browsing.

Prof. Terry A. Olowu