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Prof Paul Sarfo-Mensah

Associate Professor & Development Consultant



  • Nature and Culture: anthropological perspectives on natural resources management
  • Rural development: decentralization and local level institutional development; agriculture and poverty reduction
  • Sustainable development and environmental governance
  • Mining and socio-economic development
  • Baseline and impact studies in Agricultural Value Chains

Paul Sarfo-Mensah is an Associate Professor and Development Consultant at Bureau of Integrated Rural Development (BIRD), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. He has been with the Department since 1992. Paul is also a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa.

Paul holds a PhD in Natural Resources Management from Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich, UK, and an M.Phil. in Agroforestry, Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR), KNUST. Paul has a Post Graduate Certificate in Rural Research and Rural Policy from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK.  His basic training was in Agriculture and holds B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture (Economics option) from KNUST. Paul has 25 years of professional experience in academia (Research, Teaching and Community Engagement) and development consultancy with focus on agriculture, natural resource management and rural development. Paul has undertaken several consultancies and contract research for many international agencies including FAO, USAID, World Bank, DANIDA, Care Ghana, Care Denmark and Care International. These assignments have included baseline studies, performance and impact evaluations in agriculture, forestry, mining and environmental conservation. Among the latest contract research is the ACDI/VOCA Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement Project II (ADVANCE II) in the three Northern Regions of Ghana (2015). Paul is currently the Co-Principal Investigator (PI) on KNUST Campus of the USAID-Funded Analytical Support Systems and Evaluations in Sustainable Systems in Agriculture, Environment, Trade and Energy in West Africa (ASSESS-WA).