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.


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.


H.E Kofi Annan visits research fields and discusses pertinent food security issues

2015 Visit

H.E. Kofi Annan addresses a staff and Fumesua community durbar during his visit to CRI

H.E inspects exhibition of sweet potato products

H.E. Kofi Annan and wife Nane, AGRA Country Manger, CIP Director General, CSIR-CRI Director, and CSIR Director-Genreal and a section of CRI staff during 2015 visit to CSIR-CRI

H.E Kofi Annan and wife Nane with CSIR-CRI Director, Dr Stella Ama Ennin