I have over 20 years of experience in agricultural research for development. I have worked in various areas that include both on-station and on-farm research; facilitating agribusiness cluster formation; integrating farming systems to markets; and creating platforms for farmers, researchers, extension staff and other entrepreneurs.
I have taught and supervised thesis work of undergraduate students. I have extensive experience in the design and delivery of training sessions on the development and strengthening of agribusiness clusters and commodity value chains as well as integrated soil fertility management, seed and crop production targeted at adult learners. I have participated in the production of many extension materials.
My interest is in value chain analyses and in developing linkages between farmers, advisory services and business as well as promoting systems that will enhance agricultural development and trade.
Our centre in Ghana serves West Africa – a region made up of 15 states, and with a population of about 300 million. This is a region where agriculture is of huge importance. However there are significant challenges to effective trade in agricultural commodities in this region.
Agricultural production and productivity needs to increase in order to enhance economic growth but environmental impacts and social conflicts need to be taken into account. The concept of sustainable agricultural intensification which takes account of these complexities is needed. The Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Research and Learning in Africa (SAIRLA) programme is achieving this through commissioned research and facilitating learning at many levels in selected African countries.
Poultry farming is practised by almost all smallholder farmers in West Africa but feed and protein sources are becoming increasingly expensive here, affecting meat and egg production and reducing family income. Fish farmers suffer a similar problem. We are promoting the use of insects, which are a natural food source for poultry and fish, and endorsed by the FAO as a tool to alleviate poverty.