April 6, 2010, 2-4 p.m., MUB Theater II
Developing New Crop Varieties for a Hungry World: Promises and Challenges in Ghana
Director, West African Centre for Crop Improvement
Eric Yirenkyi Danquah is Professor of Plant Molecular Genetics at the Department of Crop Science, University of Ghana. He also serves as the first Director of West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), an institution established in June 2007 to train a new generation of plant breeders for the West African sub-region. He graduated, M.Phil (Plant Breeding) and Ph.D (Genetics), from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1987 and 1993 respectively. Previous positions held in the University of Ghana include Dean of International Programmes, Head of Department of Crop Science and Senior Tutor of Legon Hall, the premier Hall in the University. His research focuses on using the tools of genomics to facilitate crop improvement and involves understanding how genetic diversity in crop plants and their associated pests relate to performance.