Dr. Robert Onyeneke is an Agricultural Economist (with specialization in Resource and Environmental Economics). He is an academic staff of the Department of Agriculture, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. He has participated in several climate change conferences and workshops. Dr Onyeneke is an expert in climate change adaptation and resilience planning. This reflects well in his research works and engagement with local communities. Dr Robert Onyeneke was the Research Program Officer of the Building Nigeria’s Response to Climate Change. He was also the Field Work team lead of the community-scale adaptation/resilience study in Ebonyi State as part of the Michigan State University led USAID funded Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project. He has engaged in training rural farmers in Ebonyi State as part of Community Service responsibility of his Faculty of Agriculture at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the study on “Climate Change and Rice Value Chains in Ebonyi State”. The study is currently assessing local adaptation practices existing along the value chain.
He was an Expert Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s first order draft of the special report on climate change and land. He is a Consultant (Climate Change) for the Investment and Financial Flows Assessment for the agricultural sector. Dr. Robert Onyeneke was also involved (BNRCC team member) in developing the National Adaptation Strategy and Plan of Action on Climate Change for Nigeria.
He has engaged several stakeholders in his studies and projects. He collaborated with the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program and Michigan State University (MSU) as part of the Feed the Future Nigeria’s Agricultural Policy Project in conducting interviews among selected stakeholders – Government, Non-Governmental Organizations, Private Sector, Academia and Community-Based Organizations – in Ebonyi State. He was also involved in the Impact Evaluation of Imo State Community and Social Development Project – a World Bank assisted Project. Working in these projects and the ones earlier stated gave him the opportunity of networking with stakeholders at different levels and honing his experience in research and project management. He has also found bringing together stakeholders from different backgrounds to be particularly beneficial, and this has provided him with effective skills for communicating with diverse groups.