Center Title and Acronym: Centre for Dryland Agriculture (CDA)


Host University and Country: Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

Center Website Address:

Center Director and email address: Professor Jibrin Mohammed Jibrin ( )


Primary Thematic Discipline of Center: Agriculture


Brief Description of Center:

Bayero University established the CDA to be able to generate sustainable agricultural technologies that would increase the productivity of crops and livestock in the semi-arid and dry sub-humid environments of Nigeria and the West and Central African (WCA) sub-regions. The Centre works towards building human resource capacity at the appropriate level to meet the demand for improved technologies needed to adapt to the changing environment in the regions. The Centre, as part of its objectives, will support graduates who would be able to engage themselves in production and research on dryland agriculture that will provide relevant and appropriate solutions to the regional agricultural and development problems.

Thus, the CDA aims to be a regional center of excellence in teaching, research and development in Agriculture, especially Dryland Agriculture. The Centre supports degree training at the postgraduate level, as well as specialized short-term trainings targeted at imparting specific skills to specific target groups. The postgraduate programme lead to the award of Postgraduate Diploma (PGD), Master (M.Sc.) and Doctorate (Ph.D.) Degrees in four (4) areas of Dryland Agriculture namely:

  1. Natural Resource Management and Climate Change
  2. Crops and Cropping Systems
  3. Range and Livestock Management
  4. Livelihoods and Natural Resource Economics


Key Objectives and Expected Outcomes:

The objectives of the Centre are to promote excellence in teaching and human resource development through postgraduate training and short courses; achieve excellence in research by undertaking quality, trans-disciplinary and demand driven research to improve the resilience of the drylands, reduce human and environmental vulnerabilities and support sustainable intensification and diversity of agricultural production systems; develop excellence in strengthening outreach programmes and deployment of appropriate innovative, affordable and adaptable technologies for skills and capacity building of farmers, livestock practitioners, extension workers and other stakeholders; and provide leadership and administrative excellence in the execution of agricultural research, sustainable management of the environment and provision of policy direction on agricultural matters in WCA


Major Accomplishments to Date:

Some of the major accomplishments of the Centre since the start of the ACE Project include:

  1. Accreditation of all the Centre’s Postgraduate programmes by National Universities Commission (NUC)
  2. Strategic partnerships with key institutions involved in dryland studies to execute research and development projects across Africa
  3. Provision of state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, learning and research
  4. Generation of more than USD 1.25 million in research funds
  5. Admission of students from all over the region (7 countries) into the Centre’s graduate programmes


Primary Regional and Global Partners:

  1. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
  2. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
  3. International Centre for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT)
  4. Arid lands Research Institute, Medenine, Tunisia
  5. Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK
  6. Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona
  7. Dan Dicko Dankoulodo University, Maradi, Republic of Niger
  8. Institute of Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  9. Kano Agricultural and Rural Development Authority


Senior Faculty Email Address Research Area
Professor Jibrin Mohammed JIBRIN Soil fertility and plant nutrition
Professor Sanusi Gaya MOHAMMED Crop breeding
Professor Muhammad Auwal HUSSAINI Systems Agronomy
Dr. Amina MUSTAPHA Agricultural Economics
Professor Julius Afolabi FALOLA Human Geography