Name of Researcher: Mrs. Patricia Oteng-Darko
Institution: CSIR – CRI
Designation: Research Scientist
Area (s) of Specialization: Agricultural Engineering; Soil and Water Engineering
Key Areas of Research: Water and Nutrient Use Efficiency in Crop Production, Irrigation and drainage design, Aeroponics and Hydroponics, Agrometeorology, Climate Change and Crop Modelling
Mrs. Patricia Oteng-Darko attended St Louis Senior High School in Kumasi and holds a BSc. (Hons) Agricultural Engineering and M.Sc. (Soil and Water Engineering) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. She has diverse research interests in climate change and crop modeling, Irrigation/drainage design and management, Soil-Plant-Atmosphere relations, Aeroponics and Hydroponics, water and nutrient use efficiency in crop production. She is currently involved in the benchmarking of crop water needs in Ghana, development of aeroponics and hydroponics for root and tuber crops and manages the irrigation facility at the CSIR-Crops Research Institute.
She was an Agricultural extension officer with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (Kuntenase) during her national service in 2007, from where she worked as a Field Staff with the Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) whilst simultaneously studying for a Master of Science degree in Soil and Water Engineering. She was a postgraduate fellow at the University of New England in Armidale, Australia, under the Australian Awards for Africa and also an Alumnus of the Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands (under a sponsorship from the Netherlands Fellowship Programme.
Mrs. Oteng-Darko has the following local and international affiliations:
• Member – Ghana Science Association
• Member – African Crop Science Society
• Member – Young Professionals in Agricultural Research and Development
• Alumni – Australia Awards in Africa
• Alumni – Netherlands Fellowship programme
• Member – CSIR-Research Staff Association
• Reviewer for several International peer reviewed journals
Mrs. Oteng-Darko has a number of peer reviewed publications in 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 currently a Research Scientist (Soil and Water Engineering) and enrolled in a PhD programme at the KNUST with sponsorship from the West African Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP).