Dr. Joseph Bandanaa
Socio- economist/ Environmentalist
Joseph Bandanaa holds a BSc. in Agriculture (Agribusiness) from Ghana, an MPhil. Climate Change and Sustainability under the Building Capacity to Meet the Climate Change Challenge – Open Society Foundation scholarship. He did his PhD in Environmental Science with sponsorship from the Swiss Development Cooperation and Mercator Foundation Switzerland on the ProEco Africa and Organic Food Systems in Africa (OFSA) projects. From a transdisciplinary background, his research interest is in Digital Agriculture, Sustainable agriculture food systems, food security, climate change and gender equality. Prior to joining the CSIR-PGRRI, he has worked on projects as Consultant, Data Manager and analyst, and project manager/supervisor. He has over 5 years of working experience on climate change adaptation measures, farming systems sustainability assessments and socio-economic field data collection and analysis. He has worked as a researcher or associate on several projects, including; ProEco Africa project (www.proecoafrica.net) ; Developing a National Framework for Out-grower Scheme and Contract Farming in Ghana (Ghana Commercial Agricultural Project-GCAP); USAID project in Climate Change and Agricultural Adaptation Measures in the Transition Zone of Mid-Ghana; Drivers of Success Study for Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Plan (CAADP) Implementation; Building capacity on climate change challenges (B4C) project: Agriculture thematic area; flora diversity and sustainable livelihoods among cocoa farmers; Analysis of gender equality issues and the role of rural women in the “FTF innovation lab for the reduction of postharvest loss” project (PHLIL) in Ghana; and GIZ Gender and value chain analysis for the Market Oriented Agriculture Programme (MOAP). He was a ClimDev-Africa sponsored participant in the Fifth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-V) and was one of the African voices on Climate Change. Joseph has published in peer-reviewed journals on sustainability, climate change, organic agriculture, and gender.