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PROFILE OF Roger A. L. Kanton (PhD)

Name: Roger A. L. Kanton (PhD)

I am an Agronomist by training, and have attained my Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. Prior to that I obtained a Master’s Degree in Agronomy at the Kharkov Agricultural Institute, in the Ukraine, then a member of the former Union of Soviet Socialists Republic (USSR).

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Dr. Roland Nuhu Issaka is a product of   University of Science and Technology where he obtained his B.Sc (Hons) Agronomy. He holds a M Sc. (Soil Chemistry) from Shimane University, Japan. He obtained his P hD (Soil Fertility) from Tottori University Japan. He also holds certificates in the following:  Management Development Training,  Training course on Agricultural Research and Techniques for Scientists,  International Training Program on Development of Fertilizer Recommendation Based on Field Experiments, Two- week course on Root and Tuber crops Research and Development.

 He has done extensive research nationally and internationally on  the management of inland valleys and integrated nutrient management.

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Francis Kusi had his secondary education at Juaben Secondary School in Ashanti Region. He has been working with CSIR- Savanna Agricultural Research Institute since 1993 to date. He holds National Diploma in General Agriculture, BSc. Agriculture (Crop Science) and M.Phil in Entomology all from the University of Ghana Legon. He is proud to be associated with the great achievements of CSIR-SARI in the field of grain-legume improvement (Cowpea, Soybean and Ground nuts) and Crop protection (Entomology and Pathology).
He has carried out extensive research in insect pests’ management and these include evaluation of botanical extracts for control of storage pests, screening of cowpea genotypes for resistance to storage and field pests. His current research activities includes integrated management of field, storage pests and post-harvest handling to extend shelf life of yam (funded by WAAPP), development of strategies to manage pests and diseases of onion, tomato and pepper under irrigation (Funded by FABS) and Deployment of aphid resistance gene to improve cowpea cultivars in Ghana using MAS (Funded by Kirkhouse Trust).

Mr. Kusi has attended international conferences and workshops in Mali, Senegal and Nigeria.

He is currently the Deputy Team Leader of Upper East Regional Farming System Research Group (UER-FSRG) and the Upper East Regional Coordinator of AGRA Soil Health Project.

Useful Information

The WAAPP Coordination Unit in Ghana is the Projects Division of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) whilst the implementing agency is the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The structures put in place to govern and manage the WAAPP in Ghana are the National Steering Committee as well as the NCOS Management Committee and the Competitive Agricultural Research Grant Scheme (CARGS) Board as the Implementing agency.