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Irene Annor-Frempong

Director of Capacity Strengthening, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)


What most impressed the professional colleagues who nominated this role model?

Irene Annor-Frempong is a highly talented scientist and educational leader.  An animal scientist by training, she has conducted research, taught and mentored students at multiple universities across Africa.  An outstanding researcher, she developed the first prototype of the local-closed meat kiln in Ghana in collaboration with Food Research Institute, a product that was later patented by Cape Coast University. 

Throughout her career, she has assisted a generation of students and served as a successful mentor and role model for many young men and women scientists.  Through her encouragement, many of her students have chosen to advance into higher education.  At FARA, she has applied her considerable energy and leadership skills to improving the quality of agricultural research and training institutions throughout Africa. 

What motivated you to pursue a career in agriculture?

  • Originally, I wanted to study medicine. 
  • My interest in agriculture developed when a career advisor from Cape Coast University who happened to be from the department of agriculture encouraged me to consider agriculture.  I changed my mind, and with funding from UNESCO was able to pursue my studies in agriculture. 
  • Agriculture became my preferred personal choice, as I looked for a fulfilling career.

How can agricultural education institutions more effectively prepare African students for successful agribusiness careers? 

  • Place more emphasis on science. Agriculture is an applied science, so training should be built around science and its application. 
  • Make students understand the context of what they are learning and make them marry theory and practice in the learning.
  • Impart industrial knowledge to students in multiple ways—student attachments, internships, incubations.
  • Revise the curricula to match the requirements of the society being served including the private sector and rural communities
  • Expand scholarships offerings for girls in order to correct the currently sharp gender imbalance in agricultural sciences and promote science training among girls. 

Career highlights

  • Director of Capacity Strengthening, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).
  • Program Officer,  Strengthening Capacity of Agricultural Research and Development for Africa (SCARDA).
  • Head of Department of Animal Science, University of Cape Coast.
  • Senior Lecturer, National University of Lesotho.
  • Lecturer, College of Education, Benue State, Nigeria.

 Educational background

  • BSc, Agriculture, Cape Coast University.
  • MSc, Animal Production Science, Wageningen University, Netherlands.
  • PhD, University of Bristol, UK.