Stella Ennin, 2009 AWARD Fellow, Ghana
AWARD Fellow Dr. Stella Ennin recently received a 2012 Ghana Women of Excellence Award from the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs for her contributions to scientific research and agricultural development. Ennin is the first female deputy director of the Crops Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Ghana. She is also the first female in the entire organization, which is made up of 13 institutes, to reach the highest grade of chief research scientist.
Ennin has contributed to the development of 14 crop production technologies. She has also organized some 70 field days for 200 agricultural extension officers and 2,000 farmers, both men and women, who were trained on the new technologies, resulting in 10 to 50 percent yield increases and the reduction of drudgery in crop production. These new technologies include choice of variety; chemical and organic fertilizer application to normal and quality protein maize; and optimum cowpea and soybean plant population density in crop rotations and intercrops with maize and cassava. She also developed mechanized ridging for planting and minimum staking to reduce drudgery and deforestation associated with yam production and climate change in Ghana’s coastal, forest, and forest-savannah transition zones.
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