Name of Researcher: Shadrack Kwadwo Amponsah
Institution: CSIR-Crops Research Institute
Qualification: MSc. Agricultural Machinery Engineering
Designation: Research Scientist
Area (s) of Specialization: Agricultural Mechanisation, Irrigation, Machine Design, Postharvest
Key Areas of Research: Agricultural machinery evaluation, yam storage structures, Conservation agriculture, Crop harvesting machinery
Mr. S. K. Amponsah attended St. Martin’s Senior High School, Nsawam and holds a BSc. (Hons.) degree in Agricultural Engineering and MSc. (Agricultural Machinery Engineering) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi and currently pursuing a PhD in Agricultural Machinery Engineering at the department of Agricultural Engineering, KNUST.
He has varied research interests in the evaluation of agricultural machinery and equipment, farm structures and machinery/equipment fabrication. He is currently involved in the comparative evaluation of manual cassava harvesting techniques, design and construction of low-cost yam storage structures using local materials and the design, fabrication, evaluation and dissemination of mechanised yam minisett cutting equipment.
He was a research and teaching assistant during his national service at the school of Agriculture, University of Cape coast in 2008/09. During his master’s programme, he was also an assistant field Engineer for the West African Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) Project on demonstration and popularisation of mechanical cassava harvesting. He was a Linnaeus-Palme Exchange Programme student at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) Uppsala, Sweden during his master’s programme in 2010. He also successfully completed a 3-month research fellowship under the CV Raman Fellowship for African researchers at the Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Sreekariyam, India in 2013.
Mr. Amponsah has the following local and international affiliations:
Member, Research Scientist Association (RSA), Ghana
Member, Ghana Society of Agricultural Engineers (GSAE)
Member, Ghana Science Association (GSA)
Reviewer for the Journal of Root Crops, India.
Mr. Amponsah has a good number of peer reviewed publications in international journals. He has travelled extensively, conducted research in both local (CSIR-Crops Research Institute) and international research centres (CTCRI, India) and participated in several national and international scientific conferences and workshops in Africa (Ghana, Senegal), Asia (India) and South America (Brazil). He has an excellent presentation skills and a good knowledge and experience in project management and writing of research proposals for funding. He’s had the chance to lecture on part-time basis at the Agricultural Engineering Department, KNUST, Kumasi and is an associate supervisor/guide to some project students in Agricultural engineering.
He is currently a Research Scientist (Agricultural Engineer) at the CSIR-Crops Research Institute.