Qualification: PhD, Plant Breeding
Dr. Ernest Baafi holds a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding from the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana. His other qualifications include M.Sc. in Agronomy (Plant Breeding) and a B.Sc. in Agriculture both from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He also holds certificates in Agricultural Applied Biotechnology, Leadership, Postharvest Loss Assessment and ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Internal Audit.
Dr. Baafi is a Senior Research Scientist and has worked as a plant breeder with the CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI) since 2005. His current research work includes the development of end-user preferred cocoyam and taro varieties for Ghana and beyond. His work at CSIR-CRI has contributed significantly to the development and release of four (4) taro varieties and ten (10) sweetpotato varieties, of which he led the development and release of ten (10). The last release was in 2018 which involved four sweetpotato varieties. The release of the four taro varieties in 2017 is a novelty as it was the first time ever taro varieties were release in Ghana. The release of the four non-sweet sweetpotatoes in 2018 is also a novelty in Ghana as being the first in Ghana.
He has also facilitated a number of national and international training sessions for farmers and Agricultural Extension Officers. He is a very good team player, an attribute which has earned him the opportunity to serve on over 20 Institutional Committees since joining CSIR-CRI.
Dr. Ernest Baafi has twenty (20) referred journals publications to his credit of which he is the lead author in sixteen (16) published in very reputable international journals. He has also authored many Technical Reports, which were submitted to CSIR Management and donors. He has rich experience in project management and the writing of research proposals for funding.
His paper “Exploitation of Genetic Potential of Sweetpotato for End-user Traits improvement” which was the Best Scientific Sweetpotato Paper in 2016, earned him the Scientific Excellence and Innovation Award for 2017. He is the first recipient of the Award.
He is a member of the Ghana Science Association and African Potato Association, and is on the review board of a number of international scientific journals.