Our Mandate

CRI has a broad research mandate covering all food and industrial crops. These include maize, rice, Cowpea, soybean and groundnut. Others are Cassava, Yam, Cocoyam, Sweetpotato, Vegetables and Fruit crops, plantain and bananas.


Develop and disseminate demand-driven technologies and build capacity for sustainable food and industrial crops productivity to enhance livelihoods.


To become a Centre of Excellence for Agricultural Research, Innovation  and Capacity Building for Development.


Ing Dr. Patricia Oteng-Darko, a Research Scientist of the CSIR-Crops Research Institute has won the best candidate award in the “Mech/Agric/Marine” Technical Division of the engineering professional examination during the 20th induction ceremony of the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE).
At the ceremony, one hundred and twelve (112)

Monica Opoku

Monica Opoku, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer     
Principal Technologist
Qualification: M.Sc. Management Economics/Consumer Studies
Area of Specialization:  Monitoring and Evaluation
Research Interests:
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Nationality:     Ghanaian
Station:     Fumesua, Kumasi (Ghana)


By Director and staff, CSIR-Crops Research Institute

It was with shock that we learnt of the passing of this great son of the land, H.E. Dr. Kofi Annan.
His passion for ensuring food security in Africa brought him to the CSIR- Crops Research Institute in Kumasi on two occasions, in 2008 and in March 2015, where he visited research fields, interacted with management and staff, and contributed to shaping the vision and direction of the institute’s research into sweet potato, rice, maize, cassava, cowpea and groundnuts in partnership with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the International Potato Centre (CIP). His special interests in supporting the promotion of orange-fleshed sweet potato as a natural source of vitamin A for improved nutrition of children and pregnant women, and gender equity are notable.
The Director and staff of the CSIR-Crops Research Institute express our condolences to his wife NANE, who has partnered him in his vision, and to Ghana, Africa and the world, for such a great loss.
Damirifa Due.

Brief on CSIR-CRI

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Crops Research Institute (CRI) is a public research institute established in 1964 and transformed into its current form by CSIR Act 521 in 1996. It is the largest of the 13 Institutes under the Council mandated to develop and transfer agricultural innovations and technologies relating to food and industrial crops in Ghana.  With its headquarters in Kumasi, CSIR-CRI’s vision is to become a Centre of Excellence for innovative and quality agricultural research for development. As a result, the Institute aims at developing and disseminating appropriate technologies for high and sustainable food and industrial crop production both at the national and international levels.

The Institute is organized into several technical and non-technical Divisions with each headed by a Head of Division which is on rotational basis. The Divisions include Horticulture Improvement, Cereals Improvement, Roots and Tubers Improvement, Plant health, Resource, Crop management and Socio-Economics, Legumes and oil seed Improvement, Biotechnology, Seed and Food Science, Commercialization and Scientific Support Services, Administration and Accounts. The Institute is headed by a Director with a Deputy Director.

The Institute currently has a staff strength of 700 with over 77 research scientists, 84 technicians and the remaining being field and office staff. The Institute over the years has developed several technologies for farmers and industry. These technologies range from new improved and high yielding crop varieties through agronomic and plant health to post harvest technologies. The Institute also collaborates with several institutions both locally and internationally.

The Institute offers services and products to all the food and industrial crops value chain actors. Key among these actors are farmers, agricultural extension personnel, seed companies, exporters, agro input suppliers, manufacturing companies, international agencies and government.




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Benedicta Nsiah Frimpong

Benedicta Nsiah Frimpong, Agricultural Economist         
Research Scientist
Qualification: M.Phil. Agricultural Economics
Area of Specialization:  Agricultural Economics
Research Interests:  Production economics; Resource economics; Gender analysis; Value Chain Analysis; Market research; Policy analysis; Project appraisals; Adoption studies; Impact Assessment; Business and Entrepreneurship Development; IAR4D
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Station:     Fumesua, Kumasi (Ghana


A Research Scientist of the CSIR-Crops Research Institute, Kumasi, Ing. Dr. Shadrach K. Amponsah has received the Most Published Author in

Engineering award at the recently held Engineers Excellence Award (EEA).
The event which was organized by the Ghana Institute of Engineering (GhIE) as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations was under the theme; “GhIE@50: Engineering Ghana’s Sustainable Development”.
Various awards were given out to deserving and outstanding engineers in different categories to appreciate their efforts and contributions in promoting research and innovations for the benefit of the Ghanaian Society and beyond.

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Stephen Yeboah

Stephen Yeboah, Agronomist                    
Research Scientist
Qualification: PhD, Agroecology
Area of Specialization:  Agronomy (Climate Adaptation/Mitigation)
and Crop Physiology
Research Interests:  To improve understanding
of plant responses to the environment with a focus on
soil–plant–water relationships and climate smart
agriculture for crop production and environmental quality priorities.
My research also focuses on soil nutrient management and
water use efficiency in cropping systems.
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Nationality:     Ghanaian
Station:     Fumesua, Kumasi (Ghana)


The CSIR-Crops Research Institute has awarded deserving and hardworking members of staff at its End-of-Year programme held on the 20th of December, 2017. The categories of staff awarded included junior and senior staff as well as research staff. The awardees were presented with various prize packages by the Director of the Institute, Dr. Stella Ama Ennin who urged all other staff members to emulate their colleagues in the coming year.
Dr. Maxwell Asante, a rice breeder at the Institute won the research staff of the year award, while Miss Matilda Frimpong and Miss Esther Dwomoh won in the senior and junior staff categories respectively. The Director’s Special award for 2017 went to Mr. Jonas Osei-Adu whose tremendous work at the Institute was applauded by all.
Other awardees included 2017 retiring staff and outgoing Heads of Divisions. A special citation was given to Mr. Lawrence K. Mensah who has served the Institute for so long and has been transferred to the CSIR-FORIG. 
 Miss Esther Dwomoh, receiving her award from Dr William Kwesi Agble.

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