Alidu Sanatu Mustapha

Born from a polygamous family from the Northern Region of Ghana I am the fourth born out of six siblings. I had my primary and secondary education in northern Ghana. br I was inspired by the late Professor Marian Ewurama Addy (May her soul rest in perfect peace)br At a workshop on Science and mathematics Clinic for Girls that was usually organized for females offering science at the senior high school in Accra. She was brought in as a mentorand she continued her mentorship until I got to tertiary institution.p pbr I went to Tamale Polytechnic and obtained a Higher National Diploma in Agricultural Engineeringwhere I majored in Soil and Water engineeringbecause of my interest in crop science. I taught in the Polytechnic for three years after my national service and was by then qualified for further studies. I proceeded to University for Development StudiesTamale and pursued BSc. Agricultural Technology where I majored in Agronomy. I return back to the Polytechnic and continued teaching until I got a scholarship by AGRA to pursue an MSc. in Plant Breeding at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)Kumasi. After returning to the PolytechnicI later joined the Department of Agronomy at University for Development Studies - Tamale as a lecturer in 2011until I got this Scholarship in 2014 from WACCI under the sponsorship again from Agra to pursue PhD in plant breeding. brbr My current main career assignment in the University for Development Studies Tamaleis to teach and carry out research in the area of Plant Breeding and Genetics. brbr To support this roleI will conduct research into the improvement of legume crops. br My research aspiration is to understand the mechanisms that adapt legume crops to their often stressful production environments. For this PhDresearchI chosen to work on cowpea and drought toleranceThe Northern sector of Ghana produces about 70% of cowpea for Ghana. Although rainfall does vary from year to yeara feature that is typical of the major cowpea production belt is that this variation in rainfall distribution is not predictable. Often yield loss due to drought is encountered. Cowpea has a short crop cycletherefore fits into cropping niches where other crops do notthere is therefore the need to develop cowpea varieties that will tolerate drought to improve production and help improve the livelihood of people in Northern Ghana.The proposed research will be conducted under the guidance of the team of experienced Plant Breeders and Molecular Geneticists at WACCI (University of Ghana). I hope to be provided with the theoretical and practical training to more effectively meet my career objectives. br The University for Development Studies is envisaged to be a Home of World Class Pro-Poor Scholarship. This is reflected in its motto:Knowledge for Service as well as its methodology of teachingresearch and outreach programmes. It is my dream thatby the end of my training in wacciI would have been fully empowered with effective tools to impact the graduates and also farmers. This will help me contribute my quota through teaching and researchto help come to realitythe vision of my university.