Staff Profiles

Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Darko Obiri

Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Darko ObiriPosition: Principal Research Scientist
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Professional fields of interests

Socio-economics (Forest Products and Marketing, Agro-ecology, Farming systems, landscape restoration, Ethno-botany, Bio-energy and Climate change)

 Professional background

2004: PhD. (Agricultural Ecology (Economics)), Bangor University, Wales, UK
1995: MSc. (Agroforestry), Aberdeen University, Scotland, UK
1993: B.Sc. (Hons.) (Agriculture (Economics and Farm Management)) KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana 

Research Projects

  • Economics and marketing of forest bio-products in Ghana
  • Economics of charcoal production from plantations
  • Analysis of the Ghanaian woodfuel supply and value chains
  • Supply and demand of timber on the Ghanaian domestic market 
  • Status of value added processing in the Ghana timber industry
  • Ethnoboatny of woodfuel species in Ghana
  • Rehabilitation of degraded forests for sustainable woodfuel production and climate change mitigation in the forest-savanna transition zone of Ghana
  • Socio-economic and agro-ecological analysis of agricultural landscapes for sustainable tree integration in Brong Ahafo and Western Regions of Ghana. Ghana Forest Investment Project
  • Economics of cocoa agroforestry systems
  • Farmer perceptions and potentials of biochar for soil and crop productivity improvement in Ghana

Selected Publications

Korang, J.K., Obiri, D. B., Awuku, S. and Appiah, H. 2015. Calorific values and gravimetric yield of six wood fuel tree species in the forest transition of Ghana. Ghana Journal of Forestry, 31: 51-61

Hansen, C. P., Pouliot, M., Marfo, E., Obiri, D. B. and Treue, T. 2015. Forests, timber and rural livelihoods: Implications for the VPA and social safeguards in Ghana. Small Scale Forestry, 14 (4): 401-422.

Nunoo, I., Obiri, D. B. and Owusu, V. 2015. ‘Restoring degraded forest landscape for food security: Evidence from cocoa agroforestry systems, Ghana.’ In: Kumar, C., Saint-Laurent, C., Begeladze, S. and Calmon, M. (eds.). Enhancing food security through forest landscape restoration: Lessons from Burkina Faso, Brazil, Guatemala, Viet Nam, Ghana, Ethiopia and Philippines, pp. 122-143. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.

Parrotta, J. A., Dey de Pryck,J. Obiri, D. B., Padoch, C. Powell B., Sandbrook, C., Agarwal, B. Ickowitz, A., Jeary, K. Serban, A. Sunderland, T and Tu, . N. 2015. The Historical, Environmental and Socio-Economic Context of Forests and Tree-Based Systems for Food Security and Nutrition. In Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition: A Global Assessment Report. IUFRO World Series 33, 51-85. Editors: Bhaskar Vira, Christoph Wildburger, Stephanie Mansourian. 

Birikorang, G., Marfo, E., Kyere, B. and Obiri, D. B. 2014. Scenario and cost benefit analysis of proposed policy options for the supply of legal timber to the domestic market, Tropenbos International, Wageningen, the Netherlands, 176 pp. ISBN 978-90-5113-112-2

Obiri , D. B., Nunoo, I., Obeng, E. A., Owusu, F. W. and Marfo, E. 2014. The Charcoal Industry in Ghana: An alternative Livelihood Option for Displaced Illegal Chainsaw Lumber Producers.  CSIR-FORIG/Tropenbos International, Wageningen, the Netherlands. 132pp. ISBN 978-90-5113-112-2

De Pinto, A., Robertson, R. D. and Obiri, D. B. 2013. Adoption of climate change mitigation practices by risk-averse farmers in the Ashanti Region, Ghana. Ecological Economics, 86:47-54

Pouliot, M., Treue, T., Obiri, D. B. and Ouedraogo, B. 2012. Deforestation and the limited contribution of forests to rural livelihoods in West Africa: Evidence from Burkina Faso and Ghana. AMBIO, A journal of the Human Environment, 41(7):738-750 

Hansen, C. P., Damnyag, L., Obiri, D. B. and Carlsen, K. 2011. Revisiting illegal logging and the size of the domestic timber market: The case of Ghana. International Forestry Review, 14 (1):39-49

Obiri D. B. and L. Damnyag, 2011. Socio-economic contribution of illegal chainsaw milling to the Ghanaian rural economy. Ghana Journal of Forestry, 27:50-67

Akon-Yamga, G., Boadu, P., Obiri, D. B., Amoako, J. and Mboob, F. J. 2011. Agricultural innovations for climate change adaptation and food security in Africa: the cases of Ghana and the Gambia, African Technology Policy Studies Network RESEARCH PAPER No. 11. 56pp

Obiri, D. B., Bright, G. A., McDonald, M. A., Anglaaere, L.C.N. and Cobbina, J. 2007. Financial analysis of shaded cocoa in Ghana. Agroforestry Systems, 71(2):139-149

Obiri, D. B., Bright, G.¸ McDonald M.A., Jatango J.A., Cobbina, J. and Sinclair, F. 2007. The Economic potential and farmer perceptions of herbaceous legume fallows in Ghana. Experimental Agriculture, 43 (3):269-287 

 Awards / Fellowships / Membership of Committees

  • 2015:         Visiting Research Fellow, University of Missouri, USA. College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Incentive Fellowship 
  • 2013-2015: Member of Expert Panel on Forests and Food Security for the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP).                                   IUFRO, AUSTRIA.
  • 2014-Present:     Chair person of Performance Award Committee, CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana
  • 2009-2013:        Member of Performance Award Committee, CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana
  • 2013: Commonwealth Professional Fellow: Training in Bio-Energy and Climate Change. University of Edinburgh, UK. Commonwealth Scholarship                                       Secretariat, UK.
  • 2010-2012:        Mentor, African Women in Science and Development (AWARD) Mentoring     Program. Gender and Diversity Program, ICRAF, Kenya 
  • 2010-Present:     Thematic group member. Committee on Trade and Market Transparency Thematic Programme of the International Tropical Timber Organisation                               (ITTO), Japan
  • 2010-Present:     Thematic group leader, Forest Products Processing and Utilization thematic group of the Forestry Research Network of Sub-Saharan Africa (IUFRO-                           FORNESSA)
  • 2008:         Visiting Scholar/Academic, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Bangor University, Wales, UK. European Mundus Scholarship