Melomey Leander Dede

I hold a Master of Philosophy degree (MPhil) in Crop Science from the University of Ghana as well as a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) in Agricultural Science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

The focus of my research so far has been about the application of Conventional and Biotechnology based Plant Breeding techniques to the improvement of crops such as Cassava (Manihot esculenta) and Garden egg (Solanum aethiopicum).

Following from the full Scholarship award by the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture to study for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the prestigious West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), I will be working together with other scholars on a research project on demand-led breeding of tomato as part of the National Tomato Programme, with the concern of breeding quality, resilient and adaptable varieties of Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) for Ghana (2015 – 2018).

As a young woman scientist, I aspire to lead research in plant improvement across Africa as well as inspire ambition in young people through my research work.