Profile of the Director

Professor George Oduro Nkansah (PhD, Japan; MSc, Japan; Bsc. Ghana)

Professor of Forest and Horticultural Crops Research Centre (FOHCREC), Kade, School of Agriculture, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon, is currently the  coordinator of Envirodome Greenhouse Technology Centre. He obtained PhD. (1994) in Plant Physiology from the Graduate School of Science and Technology and MSc. (1991) in Horticulture from the Graduate School of Horticulture, Chiba University, Japan.

Professor George Nkansah is a plant physiology/horticulturist with particular focus on agricultural research in fruits and vegetable crops. He earned a doctorate degree in Plant Science and an MSc in Horticulture from Chiba University in Japan. He is currently a Professor of Horticulture at the University of Ghana.

Prof. Nkansah has over twenty (20) years of professional consulting experience in Agricultural Research and Extension and teaching. He is acknowledged nationally and internationally as having conducted several studies in the agronomy of fruits and vegetable crops. He is a member of several Ghanaian and international professional bodies and serves on a number of national and international committess on agricultural research. 

His main area of research includes agronomy and physiology of Horticultural crops (fruits and vegetable crops). He also works on climate change and its impact on phenology of field and horticultural crops especially heat tolerance of tomatoes. Other areas of specialization centre on value chain analysis of fruit and vegetable crops, vegetable greenhouse cultivation/production, hydroponics and soilless culture or utilization of biochar for growing vegetable and fruit crops.

He teaches Adavanced Agronomy (Level 600), Olericulture (Level 600), Plantation and Industrial Crops (Level 400) and Vegetable Crops Production (Year 2 Diploma) at the Crop Science Department of the University of Ghana as well as train students, growers and stakeholders in the vegetable industry in greenhouse vegetable production. He has supervised several students' dissertations/thesis at the University of Ghana and has also served as both internal and external examiner/assessor. He serves as member of several Boards/committees both inside and outside the University. 

Prof. Nkansah has served as a consultant to several clients including the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), USAID/TIPCEE, FAO, GIZ/MOAP, CARE International, IFDC, Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) and assited several Farmer Based Organization (FBOs) to build capacity to understand farming as business, develop business plans and trained them in GLOBAL GAP for horticultural crops. 

He is currently the Director of the Institute of Applied Science and Technology.