Senior Research Scientist
Phone (Mobile): +233-244-155-180
Dr. Ernest Baafi is a product of Anglican Secondary School and T. I. Ahmadiyya Secondary School, all in Kumasi, Ghana. He holds a BSc (Hons.) in Agriculture (Crop Science) and MSc in Agronomy (Plant Breeding) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, and Ph. D in Plant Breeding from the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana. He holds certificates in Agricultural Applied Biotechnology, Leadership, Postharvest Loss Assessment and ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Internal Audit.
Dr. Ernest Baafi is a lead author of fifteen (15) peer reviewed publications in reputable international journals. He has good knowledge and experience in project management and writing of research proposals for funding. He is a Senior Research Scientist at the CSIR-Crops Research Institute where he has worked as a plant breeder since 2005. His research includes development of end-user preferred sweetpotato and cocoyam varieties for Ghana and beyond. His work at CSIR-CRI has contributed significantly to the development and release of four taro varieties and six (6) sweetpotato varieties. He was the lead breeder in the release of the four (4) taro varieties namely CR1-Huobelor, CRI-Asempa, CRI-Agyenkwa and CRI-Yen anya woa, which are taro varieties ever released in Ghana. He was also a lead breeder in the development and release of two sweetpotato varieties namely CRI-Mbofara and CRI-Gavana. He has also facilitated a number of national and international training sessions for farmers and Agricultural Extension Officers.
His paper “Exploitation of Genetic Potential of Sweetpotato for End-user Traits improvement” which was the best scientific sweetpotato paper for 2016 earned him the Scientific Excellence And Innovation Award 2017. He is the first recipient of the Award. He received the Award at the 8th Annual Technical Meeting of the Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on the 25th September 2017.
He is a member of the CSIR- Research Staff Association (CSIR-RSA) and was the Secretary, Northern Sector, from October 2007 to October 2009. He is also a member of the Ghana Science Association. He is also on the review board of a number of international scientific journals.
He is married to Esther with two kids.