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Çukurova University – Faculty of Agriculture (CUKUR)Type of Organization: Governmental
occupies a foremost place among other Turkish universities with its 10 faculties, 3 colleges, 7 vocational colleges, 3 institutes and 26 research and application centers. The University counts with motivated staff, innovative labs and modern libraries. The University considers providing highly qualified graduates to Çukurova University as a top priority. The University, with its 1903 member teaching staff, offers courses to over 23.000 undergraduate, post graduate and doctorate students. Turkey
The Agricultural Faculty has nearly 300 academic staff including 103 professors, 16 associate professors, 41 assistant professor and 150 research assistants. It has 1973 undergraduate and 781 graduate students. The faculty offers four year BSc degree under five programmes (Plant Production, Agricultural Technology, Animal Production, Landscape Architecture and Food Engineering Programme) in cooperation with ten departments (Agricultural Machinery, Animal Science, Farm Structures and Irrigation, Field Crops, Food Engineering, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Plant Protection, Agricultural Economics and Soil Science). The goals of the faculty are to generate information and skill through research directed to the agricultural problems of the region and the country, to increase agricultural production both quantity and quality wise, to find and extend new information and techniques, and to furnish students with the most up-to-date information and ability in agricultural disciplines.
Internationalization of education and research in the field of agriculture is widely supported at the Faculty of Agriculture and it has become integral part of the strategic plan of its development. Research mandates of the Faculty are to improve economical and social welfare of small farmers, to introduce modern agricultural techniques in collaboration with centers of excellence (universities and research institutes), to improve research capacity of the regional institutes through collaborative research, training, education and extension, to create alternative income sources for the resource-limited farmers for the dry areas, to introduce sustainable agricultural production techniques for environmental safety, to preserve exceptional genetic material and maintain biodiversity, to improve infrastructure of education, research and extension, to provide opportunities for training and education of young scientists, to create and support scientific exchange programmes to share knowledge, experiences and technologies and to seek solutions for the priority agricultural production constrains.
The Department of Agricultural Structures and Irrigation is involved in the fields of irrigation, drainage, water resources, agricultural structures, hydrology, environment & water pollution, soil salinity and soil erosion. The Department of Agricultural Economics is involved in agricultural commodities marketing, economic analysis of farms, development of small-scale farmers, food safety and poverty alleviation, sustainable management of water resources, income generating activities for poor families and gender issues in agriculture.
The contents of gender issues are: gender in rural areas (mountain and plain areas); women in development (WID) and women and development (WAD), role and status of women in rural place as a mother, housewife, unpaid family worker, seasonal worker, couple etc.; migration, gender and rural women; organization and rural women; entrepreneurship, gender and rural women; future expectations of women related agriculture and themselves; division of labor by sex in irrigated and dry agriculture and natural resources and women.
Dr. Ozekici is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Structures and Irrigation, Faculty of Agriculture, Çukurova University, Adana, Turkey. He holds a PhD. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, August 1991, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA and Master in Agricultural Engineering, (August 1984), from Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA. He was Research Assistant in Agricultural Engineering Department, Clemson University, July 1983 to August 1984. and Teaching assistant at , North Carolina State University. He became Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Structures and Irrigation, Faculty of Agriculture, Çukurova University, Adana, (1992 – 1996) and subsequently Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Structures and Irrigation at Faculty of Agriculture, Çukurova University, Adana, (1996 - 2002.). He became full professor in 2002. Dr. Ozekici owns and operates
102 haof family irrigated farm in Adana. He has become involved recently in gender issues and participated in related meetings and activities.