Dr Selorm Akaba
Dr Selorm Akaba

Meet Dr Selorm Akaba, a lecturer at the University of Cape Coast

Dr Selorm Akaba is a lecturer in Agricultural Economics at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extention of the University of Cape Coast (UCC).

He has an academic background in agricultural economics and development practice. He has his Ph.D. and MPhil degree in Agricultural Economics, and BSc in Agriculture, all from the University of Cape Coast.

Dr Selorm Akaba
Dr Selorm Akaba serving as a panel of expert at the GiZ’s 2nd Agribusiness Fair and Conference in Wa, Upper West Region

He holds an Advanced Certificate in Peace and Development Studies from Cuttington University, Liberia, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management from Maastricht School of Management in The Netherlands.

He is a trained drone pilot and coordinates Unmanned Aerial Systems for Sustainable Agriculture Projects in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension.

Dr Selorm Akaba

Dr Selorm Akaba
Dr Selorm Akaba at his Ph.D. graduation

He was co-principal investigator for socio-economic and efficacy studies on using drones for controlling fall armyworms in Ghana.

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He is currently the lead consultant for the Skills Development Fund (SDF) training project on Improving Vegetable Productivity and Biosecurity of Farmer Associations at Baifikrom-Mankesim Irrigation Scheme, Central Region, Ghana.

Dr Selorm Akaba
Dr Selorm Akaba in one of the training sessions with vegetable farmers

He recently facilitated two international training workshops at UCC on the use of drones and digital sensors for precision agriculture; and food safety and authenticity.

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He was a Training Consultant at Central Agricultural Research Institute in Liberia on improving food safety and quality standards in the rice value chain. He also consulted for the Episcopal Church on value chain approaches, food safety, and quality assurance in agribusiness at Cuttington University, Liberia.

Dr Selorm Akaba
Dr. Selorm Akaba demonstrating to students how to transplant tree seedlings during the Greening Ghana Programme at the University of Cape Coast campus.

Dr. Akaba has published papers in both local and international peer-reviewed journals and wrote book chapters. He has also participated and presented papers in local and international conferences, and workshops including the African Climate Risks Conference 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and RUFORUM Skill Enhancement Training for Post-Doctoral Fellows and Emerging Scientists, 2019, Cape Coast.

Others include GIZ Organic Agriculture, Business Models and Certification Training Workshop 2019 at Cape Coast; African Green Revolution Forum 2019, Accra; and Conference on Fisheries and Coastal Environment 2017 in Accra.

Dr Selorm Akaba
Dr Selorm Akaba at key stakeholder meeting to promote Farmers Market

He is a member of The Food Authenticity Network; Interdisciplinary Food System Teaching and Learning (IFSTAL); Ghana Association of Agricultural Economists (GAAE); and University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG).

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He is the project coordinator for Ghana Farmers Market Network and recently organised Farmers Market at the 2021 National Farmers Day in Cape Coast.

He has a special interest in Bioeconomics, Climate Change Responses, Food Security, and Sustainable Development. His current research focus is on the digitalisation of agri-food systems (use of Drones, Sensors, and GIS, and Remote Sensing).

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