Dr Olayinka Christianah Jayeola is currently the Head of Department, Value Addition Research Department (VAR) of Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria. Earned BSc. In Food Science and Technology at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, MSc. Food Technology from University of Ibadan, and PhD Food Microbiology, Olabisi Onabanjo University. Joined CRIN in 1999 as RO1 in Crop Processing and Utilization, rose through file and rank until now as HOD VAR. Published over 60 journal papers, proceedings and books. Professionally, her core areas of research include new product formulation, food quality control and food safety. Her vast experience was derived from her involvement in collaborative research work with other research institute (IAR&T) and University of Ibadan and also in the utilization of Cashew, Kolanut, coffee, Tea and Cocoa. Enjoyed fellowship awards to many countries for her contribution to Food Safety and Agribusiness. She had facilitated trainings for cashew farmers, cocoa farmers and SME’S in Nigeria.
She belongs to different professional bodies such as Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST), Nigerian Mycotoxins Awareness and Study Network (NMASN), Society for Medicinal Plants Economic Development (SOMPED), Fellow of National Institute for Education and Research (FNIER ) and Fellow of Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC). She has served the Institute in various capacity such as Consultant on CRIN Agricultural and By Product Services and also in the following international and national capacities
(1)Contracted as Local key Expert 1 for international project on Feasibility Study/ Business Plan for the “Inspection and Certification Centre (“ICC)” in Ogun state, Nigeria. Project facilitated by European Union and Afreximbank for Africa. July -Dec, 2017
(2.) Contracted as Key Expert for ACP-EU-TBT project aimed to increase the capacity of Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and to assist small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) to add value to Agricultural crops. Project sponsored by European Union, Nov 2015- May 2016.
(3.) Cocoa Expert for European Standards Organisation (CEN/TC 415) on ‘Traceable and Sustainable cocoa; I was nominated as an international expert in February 2015, attending international meeting of cocoa experts from 1st of June to 6th of June to validate international standards for cocoa all over the world. a continuous exercise.
(5.) Cocoa Experts for ECOWAS-SIS-ARSO where I represent Nigeria in cocoa standardisation at Cape Verde in march, 2017
(6.) Technical chair person for standards for cashew and cashew products, 2017, organised by Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON)
(7.) Technical Chairperson of committee on cocoa and cocoa standards organised by Standard Organisation of Nigeria 2009 and 2017
(8.) Member of National Mirror Committee for cocoa standards in Nigeria 2016 till date.

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