Janice E. Olawoye is the Coordinator of the Sustainable Integrated Rural Development in Africa (SIRDA) Programme. She holds a PhD from the University of Ibadan. She is a Rural Sociologist in the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development in the University of Ibadan where she has taught courses on rural social change, rural social problems, rural sociology, social development and related topics for 32 years. She was a former Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Ibadan. Professor Olawoye’s areas of specialization include gender relationships and gender analysis, social inclusion of marginalized peoples and socio-cultural aspects of development interventions: qualitative, participatory research methodology and sustainable rural livelihoods. She is also concerned with the social impact upon and implications of environmental conditions. With significant field experience in Nigeria and Ghana, she has carried out over fifty short-term consultancies in rural development projects for national and international development agencies. Professor Olawoye has over 70 publications as well as over 50 technical reports and has served as a resource person at numerous training workshops and cconferences.