Anthonia Ifeyinwa Achike is a Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She holds a doctorate (PhD) in Agricultural and natural Resources Economics, and specialized in Agricultural Finance and Project Analysis. Professor Achike has attended several training courses on quantitative and qualitative techniques of analysis, gender, poverty, policy and other key development issues organized by different organizations. In particular, she has received training at the CODESRIA Gender Institute, Dakar-Sengal, and the Social Science Academy of Nigeria Gender Institute. She was trained on Time Series Econometrics and Game Theory techniques by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) network. Furthermore, she was trained on Poverty Mapping by the Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) network in Manila, Philippines. Professor Achike has served as Consultant and Trainer in many gender evaluation projects, mainstreaming and training activities at both local and international levels. She has also conducted baseline studies for many local and international organizations.
Currently, she is holding the following positions: Director, African Climate Change Adaptation Initiative (ACCAI) at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Team Leader, Community Based Poverty Monitoring System (CBMS), Nigeria; Coordinator, Agribusiness Development programme of the African Network for Agriculture, Agro forestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE); and Coordinator, Climate Change Project of the African Women in Science and Technology (AWFST), a programme of the African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS).
Professor Achike has many publications to her credit comprising journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, training manual and technical reports. She is a member of many local and international professional bodies as well as Associate Fellow of the African Institute for Applied Economics. Professor Achike was the Head of Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2005-2007), and also a global faculty member of the trade policy training in Africa (trapca). She has won many competitive local and international research grants and has successfully completed them. At present, she is Consultant for a rice value-chain and aflasafe marketing studies in Nigeria as well as for an institutionally affiliated agribusiness project of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, both of which are still on-going.
Professor Achike is conversant with the terrain of rural Nigeria where she has carried out studies on gender, conflict, value chain, agribusiness, poverty, etc in almost all the geopolitical zones.