Soil and Water Engineer
Qualification: Ph.D. Soil and Water Engineering
Area of Specialization: Agricultural Engineering; Soil/Water Engineering
Research Interests: Water and Nutrient Use Efficiency in Crop Production,
Irrigation and drainage design, Aeroponics and
Hydroponics, Agro meteorology, Climate Change
and Crop Modelling
Tel: +233 244 978 797
Station: Fumesua, Kumasi (Ghana
Ing. Dr. Patricia Oteng-Darko holds a Ph.D. (Soil and Water Engineering), an M.Sc. (Soil and Water Engineering) and a B.Sc. (Agricultural Engineering)- all from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. She is a Professional Engineer, having won the “Best Candidate in the Engineering Professional Examination” (Mech/Agric/Marine Division) at the 2018 induction ceremony of the Ghana Institution of Engineering.
She has diverse research interests in areas such as Climate change/crop modeling, Irrigation/drainage design and management, Soil-plant-atmosphere relations, Aeroponics/Hydroponics as well as Water and nutrient use efficiency in crop production. She is currently involved in the benchmarking of crop water needs in Ghana and the development of aeroponics and hydroponics for root and tuber crops.
She is also researching into the phytohormonal regulation of plant physiological responses to AWD irrigation in rice and furrow irrigation in tomato. She also manages the irrigation facility at the CSIR-Crops Research Institute.
She worked with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) during her national service in 2007, after which she worked as a field staff with the Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) while simultaneously studying for a Master of Science degree in Soil and Water Engineering.
She studied water harvesting and small scale irrigation under an Australia Awards Africa short course fellowship at the University of New England in Armidale, Australia, and also a short course alumnus of the Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands. She is currently an AWARD fellow.
Ing. Dr. Oteng-Darko has the following local and international affiliations:
Member – Ghana Institution of Engineering
Member – Ghana Science Association
Member – African Crop Science Society
Member – Young Professionals in Agricultural Research and Development
Alumni – Australia Awards Africa
Alumni – Netherlands Fellowship programme
Member – CSIR-Research Staff Association
She has a number of peer reviewed publications in local and international journals. She has participated in several international and national workshops and conferences and has experience in project management and research proposal writing. She is also a reviewer for several international peer reviewed journals.
Ing. Dr. Patricia Oteng-Darko is an old student of St. Louis Senior High School in Kumasi and is currently a research scientist (Soil and Water Engineering) at the Institute.