Obeng-Bio Ebenezer

I was born in the year in which Ghana suffered lots of hunger due to bush fires. I grew up to realize that I am the last born of eight children from same parents. My parents (Mr. Francis Bio and Mrs. Comfort Eva Owusu Bio) enjoyed having eight of us, and I later understood them because my mother happens to be the only child of her parents. I attended T.I. Ahmadiyya Senoir High School in Kumasi where I studied Agricultural Science from 2000 to 2002. Being in the Agric class was a personal choice and interest which I developed in my childhood days, when I saw my Dad working for the Cocoa Service Division of Ghana (now Cocoa Health and Extension Division). My passion for Agric and specifically crops, took me to the Crops and Soil Sciences Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)-Kumasi where I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture (BSc. Agriculture) between the years 2003 and 2007. After my first Degree I was maintained as a Teaching and Research Assistant at the Department where I assisted with teaching and research work specifically, in Plant Physiology under the supervision of the late Dr. Eric Asare. I had my MSc. Plant Breeding Degree in 2010 at the same Department sponsored by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). In this programme, I worked on drought in maize and I was privileged to be supervised by Prof. Richard Akromah and Rev. Prof. Mensah Bonsu (Senior lecturers-KNUST), and Dr. Kwadwo Obeng-Antwi [Maize Breeder- CSIR- Crops Research Institute (CRI)-Kumasi]. My abilities and skills in plant breeding were developed during this programme and I was phenomenally mentored by these supervisors. After my MSc. programme in 2010, I got an appointment to work on the Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA) project based in CRI as an assistant breeder to the regional sweetpotato Breeder- West Africa, Dr. Edward Carey. Four sweetpotato varieties (“Bohye”-promise, Patron, “Ligri”-cash and “Dadanyuie”-good mother) were released in 2012 through the hard-work of SASHA and the national sweetpotato breeding programme. I am married to Mrs. Helena Obeng-Bio.

My enrollment at WACCI is a “dream come true” as this training will further enhance my skills and knowledge to significantly contribute to maize improvement in Ghana specifically, the biofortification of maize hybrids with provitamin A and protein, which are also tolerant to abiotic stresses. This is one of the feasible approaches to solving the mal-nutrition problem in Ghana and Africa, coupled with the threat of climate change and poor soil conditions.