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.

Mission

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

Vision

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

CSIR-CCST ANNOUNCEMENT

THE CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE (CRI) OF THE COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH (CSIR) GHANA ANNOUNCES AN MPHIL PLANT BREEDING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY PROGRAMME IN NOVEMBER 2017

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana has received accreditation from the National Accreditation Board to run post-graduate degree programmes with a more practical orientation. The CSIR-Crops Research Institute, the largest of the 13 Institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research announces an MPhil Plant Breeding and Biotechnology programme in November, 2017. More information on the programmes and registration forms can be accessed through its website www.cropsresearch.org; www.ccst.edu.gh.

CSIR-CRI SCIENTIST WINS SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION AWARD

Dr. Ernest Baafi, a Research Scientist of CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI), Ghana is the winner of the maiden Scientific Excellence and Innovation Award, 2017.

His paper, “Exploitation of Genetic Potential of Sweetpotato for End-user Traits Improvement” was adjudged the best scientific sweetpotato paper for 2016. The announcement was made at the just ended 8th Annual Technical Meeting of the Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) in Tanzania.

DEPUTY SECTOR MINISTER VISITS CSIR-CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE

The Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mrs. Patricia Appiagyei has expressed excitement at the level of research activities taking place at the CSIR-Crops Research Institute and has called on government to pay particular attention to the Institute concerning its “Planting for Food and Jobs” and “One district, One Factory” policies. The Deputy Minister made these comments when she paid a working visit to the Institute on Monday, 14th August, 2017. 

CSIR-CRI RELEASES TARO, GROUNDNUT AND CASSAVA VARIETIES

The National Varietal Release and Registration Committee (NVRRC) has recommended a number of crop varieties developed by the CSIR-Crops Research Institute for release. The committee inspected the Institute’s taro, groundnut and cassava fields on 20th July 2017.
Four (4) taro varieties were presented for release. After field inspections and a presentation by the lead scientist, Dr. Ernest Baafi, all four taro varieties were recommended for release by the Committee. This is the first time taro varieties have been released in Ghana.

CSIR-CRI CROP VARIETIES APPROVED FOR RELEASE

A number of crop varieties developed by the CSIR-Crops Research Institute have been recommended for release by the National Varietal Release and Registration Committee. The committee inspected rice and sweetpotato fields developed by researchers of the Institute on 30th August, 2017.
The Institute presented six (6) lowland rice varieties and three (3) varieties of sweetpotato for release. After the filed inspections and presentations by the lead scientists, Dr. Maxwell Asante and Dr. Ernest Baafi, all six rice varieties were recommended for release. The Committee also recommended two out of the three sweetpotato varieties.

MINISTER INAUGURATES CSIR GOVERNING COUNCIL

Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng administering the oath of office to the Council members