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Emmanuel Babafunso SonaiyaEmmanuel Babafunso Sonaiya, Ph.D (Cornell) --  Professor Sonaiya's research is centered on sustainable smallholder poultry production for poverty alleviation, income generation and community development and covers the whole spectrum of issues from genetics and breeding to nutrition and management, processing and marketing. Professor Sonaiya has long career at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he has served as Head of Department of Animal Sciences, Dean of Faculty of Agriculture, and Director, Centre for Distance Learning. He has been a visiting lecturer at several Nigerian universities, research associate at Cornell University, visiting scientist at the Federal Meat Research Centre, Kulmbach, and the Technical University Berlin, Germany and at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, University of Bonn, Germany, and at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark. Professor Sonaiya is a member of ten professional associations and served as president of Nigerian Society for Animal Production and World’s Poultry Science Association-Nigerian Branch. He was the founder and coordinator of the International Network for Family Poultry Development (INFPD). He has 160 scientific and journal publications with 32 in the last five years. He has authored, co-authored and edited sixteen books and monographs. His latest authored book is published in 2014 by the FAO and is available in English and French. Professor Sonaiya has been a consultant to banks, oil companies and private farms;  to the FAO the World Bank, the German, Netherlands, Danish, Tanzania, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Kenyan and Sudan governments, and scientific adviser to the International Foundation for Science. In 2012, he was appointed Consultant Team Leader to the Poultry Value Chain of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government of Nigeria.