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Non- Competitive Research Grant (NCRGS) Projects

  • Up-scaling of Cassava/Legume Intercropping rotation Technology in Ejura-Sekyedumase and Wenchi Districts of Ghana (Principal Investigator : Dr. J.O. Fening SRI-Kumasi)

Main Objective: To transfer cassava-legume intercropping/rotation technology to farmers for increased and stable root yields to improve poverty, increase food security and achieve environmental protection.


  • Generation of disease free Cassava and Sweet Potato Planting materials (Principal Investigator: Dr. Albert Quainoo, UDS, Tamale Faculty of Agriculture)

Main Objective: To develop appropriate protocols to generate and apply disease-free cassava and sweet potato planting materials through somatic embryogenesis.

  • On-Farm evaluation of Improved Yam (Dioscorea rotun data) Genotypes from the (IITA) Breeding Programme (Principal Investigator: Dr. S.K. Asante, SARI – Tamale)

Main Objective: To evaluate and select with farmers and consumers yam clones from the IITA breeding programme that will adapt to the food and farming systems in Guinea Savanna Zone of Ghana.

  • Integration of Chicken Poultry Manure and In-organic Fertilizer for Sustainable Sweet Potato Production (Principal Investigator: Dr. Kofi Agyarko, University of Education Wenneba, Mampong Campus, Faculty of Agriculture Education)

Main Objective: To demonstrate the yield response of sweet potato to an integrated application of inorganic (NPK) and organic (cow dung, and chicken manure) fertilizers, with the view of increasing sweetpotato production; and to enhance food security at the household level, and improve incomes and livelihoods of sweetpotato farmers in four districts of Ghana.

  • Drying Sweet Potato and Cassava Chips using locally constructed Solar Dryers (Principal Investigator: Ing. Musa Seidu, University of Education Winneba, Mampong Campus, faculty of Agriculture education)

Main Objective: Design and construct solar dryers to dry cassava and sweetpotato chips.

  • Development of Fertilizer Protocoals for Optimum Starch Yield and quality in Cassava (Principal Investigator: Dr. J.O. Fening, Soil Research Institute – Kumasi)

Main Objective: Develop appropriate fertilizer recommendations (either mineral or organic or both) for optimum cassava root yield as well as high quality cassava starch production.

  • Demonstration and Popularization of Mechanical Cassava Harvesting Technology, (Principal Investigator: Dr. E.Y.H. Bobobee, KNUST-Agricultural Engineering Department )

Main Objective: Demonstrate and popularize mechanical cassava harvesting technology to increase efficiency of cassava production in Ghana.

  • Yam fertilizer response on some Benchmark Soils in the Interior Savanna Zone of Ghana: Calibrating the QUEFTS Model of Yam Fertilization in Ghana, (Principal Investigator: Dr. F.M. Tetteh, Soil Research Institute – Kumasi)

Main Objective: To adapt the QUEFTS model for yam Fertilization in Ghana

  • Comparative Studies on Growth and Yield of Volvariella Volvacca Pleurotus Tuber- Regium and Auricularia Auricula-Judae Using Root and Tuber Wastes for improved Livelihood of rural Communities in Tano North District of the Brong-Ahafo Region, (Principal Investigator : Dr. Mrs. Mary Apetogbor, forestry Research Institute of Ghana, Kumasi)

Main Objective: Develop strategies to maximise production of Volvariella Volvacca Pleurotus (Tuber- Regium) and Auricularia Auricula-Judae mushrooms using root and tuber waste as substrate.

  • Developing value added Convenience Products from Yam, Sweet Potato and Cocoyam to meet the Emerging Urban demand in Ghana and West Africa, (Principal Investigator: Dr. P.N.T. Johnson, Food Research Institute-Accra)

Main Objective: To develop convenience and value-added products from cocoyam, sweetpotato and yams for the urban markets in Ghana and West Africa.

  • Effects of Climate Change on Survival and Growth of Agricultural Tree Crops in Ghana, (Principal Investigator: Mrs. Lucy Amissah, Forestry Research Institute of Ghana – Kumasi)

Main Objective: Determine the potential effect of climate change (specifically moisture stress) on the survival and growth of four tree crops.

  • Solar Drying Technology of Cassava and Yam and their By-products for Food Security in Ghana (Principal Investigator: Mr. Patrick Kumah, K.N.U.S.T – Horticultural Department)

Main Objective: To design and construct solar dryers for drying cassava and yam chips for food and their by products for feed.

  • Developing appropriate fertilizer Management Options for Sweet Potato Production in the Coastal Agro-ecozone (Central Region of Ghana. Principal Investigator: Mr. F.O. Ababio, Soil Research Institute-Accra)

Main Objective: Develop appropriate fertilizer recommendations (either mineral or Organic, or both) for Optimum sweet-potato production.

  • “Analysis of Farmers” Preferences for Cassava Variety Traits: Implications for Breeding and Technology Adoption in Ghana (Principal Investigator: Mrs. Patricia Acheampong, CRI – Kumasi)

Main objective: To analyse farmers’ preferences for cassava variety traits in the transition, the forest and Guinea Savannah agro ecological zones.

  • Promoting Efficient Uptake of Cassava Processing Technologies for Enhanced Market Access and Increased Productivity for Cassava Farmers and Processors (Principal Investigator: Mrs. Elsie Aklinogo, Global Framers Wives Association, Accra)

Main Objective: Create regular, reliable and profitable outlet for produce of cassava farmers.

  • Developing a Geo-Database as a tool for Mapping and Analysing Geo-Data for CSIR – Soil Research Institute (Principal Investigator: Mr. James K. Seneyah, Soil Research Institute – Kumasi)

Main Objective: To develop an efficient Geographic Information System that can serve as a decision making tool in Database Management System and in assessing the suitability of soils so as to increase the option available to Soil Research Institute.

  • Soil Map Digitization and Report Production for Soil Survey Regions and Districts in Ghana (Principal Investigator: Mr. James K. Seneyah, Soil Research Institute – Kumasi)

Main Objective: To produce and store Soil Information Electronically.