We are delighted to announce the appointment of Joseph Yaro as our regional coordinator for West Africa.
Prof Yaro is Associate Professor of Human Geography at the University of Ghana, Legon, and has been a member of Future Agricultures for over five years, contributing to our work on Land and Agricultural Commercialisation in Africa; Young People, Agriculture and Entrepreneurship in Africa; and Institutional Arrangements in Land Deals in Africa.
About Joseph Yaro
Prof Yaro combines a rich background in development studies and rural geography with extensive rural research experience in northern Ghana. His particular research interests are Sustainable Rural Livelihoods; Food security; Climate change adaptation; land tenure and transnational land deals/grabs; and Political Economy of Agrarian Development.
He will be taking over the Regional Coordinator role from Prof George Kwadzo, who has been in the role since 2013. Prof Kwadzo is moving to become Agricultural Policy Adviser to Hon. Fifi Kwetey, Minister for Food and Agriculture. We wish him every success in this exciting new role.
About the West Africa hub
The West Africa hub is based at the University of Ghana, Legonand supports a network of researchers in Ghana itself, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Senegal. Researchers work across a number of FAC themes, including policy processes; young people and agri-food; social protection; land; science, technology & innovation; China and Brazil in African agriculture; and commercialisation.
The West Africa hub is one of four regional hubs operated by Future Agricultures, which support research, communications, capacity building and policy engagement at a country and regional level. The hubs also regularly work together on wider issues and to share learning and ideas across the Consortium.