Dr. Benjamin Karikari

Ghana Board Member

Dr. Benjamin Karikari completed BSc Agriculture and MSc Agronomy from University of Cape Coast (2008) and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (2013), respectively, both in Ghana. He holds PhD in Crop Genetics and Breeding from Nanjing Agricultural University (June 2020). He currently works as a Lecturer at University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana. He does research in the areas of germplasm diversity and utilization, applied genomics (linkage and association mapping), functional genomics (candidate genes identification and validation via CRISPR/Cas9 and overexpression), bioinformatics, omics (transcriptomics, proteomics, metagenomics and metabolomics), conventional and marker-assisted breeding. He loves statistics which is the grammar of science.  He has command and knowledge in the use of several statistical tools including R, STATA, SAS, SPSS and several others. He has a lot of experiences in social science research (topic selection, survey tool development to publication). So far, Dr. Karikari has published 30 articles in peer reviewed journals of international repute. He is a recipient of 2021 Young African Phosphorus Fellowship by African Plant Nutrition Institute. In addition, Dr. Karikari is a reviewer for a number top journals in his field of expertise, and serves as guest editor for renounced journal in his field. He is passionate in contributing to the realization of sustainable development goals (SDGs): SDG 1 (end poverty in all its forms everywhere), SDG 2 (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture), SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 8 (promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all) and SDG 9 (build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation). He has passion for children and building their capacity through education and training.