Prof. Baba Yusuf Abubakar was born on 7th February, 1955 in Gombe, Nigeria. He graduated in 1977 with a B.Sc [Agriculture] from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. His working career started in 1978 with the National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI), Shika, Zaria as a Graduate Assistant and rose to the rank of Professor of Animal Science in 1995. He holds an M.Sc  and PhD  in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A.
Prof. B.Y. Abubakar has published widely and has over 140 publications to his credit.
He served in various capacities, up to the Programme Leader( Poultry) in NAPRI (1978-2003), where he headed a team of scientists over a l5-year period of consistent and dedicated research (1985-2000) to develop an indigenous poultry layer foundation Parent Stock Shikabrown that is estimated to save Nigeria substantial foreign exchange annually. He has also served as a Director in the Federal Civil Service (2003-2006) after which he was appointed the pioneer Executive Secretary of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria in November, 2006 to co-ordinate and supervise the activities of fifteen National Agricultural Research Institutes, a post he still holds till date.
Of recent, Prof. B.Y. Abubakar has served internationally in various capacities as follows: member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research [CGIAR] Fund Council representing Sub-Saharan Africa (2010-2015) and Co-Chair, CGIAR 2nd Funders Forum, 2012; Chairman of the Governing Board of the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development [CORAF /WECARD] (2010-2012); Liaison officer of the Centre for Agricultural Biosciences International [CABI] (2008- date); member of the Governing Board of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), 2010- 2013.
He received the Presidential National Honours Award of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) in 2011, and CORAF/WECARD Award of Honour for invaluable contribution to Agricultural Research and Development in West and Central Africa in 2012. He was also conferred with Fellow, Agricultural Society of Nigeria (FASN) in 2011; Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (FNIAS) in 2012 and Fellow, Horticultural Society of Nigeria (FHSN) in 2012.
He is married with two children.