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Dr Evans Dawoe




Research Fellow/Senior Member

Phone:+233(0) 244928115 +233(0) 244928115  +233(0) 233599005  +233(0) 233599005
Department: Agroforestry Department
Office: Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources, Room 118
Address: Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Kumasi, Ghana

Brief Info

Dr. Evans Dawoe is an agronomist and agroforester by training, and a rural extensionist and farming and land-use systems analyst practitioner. He has doctoral training and research in agroforestry with research focus in the area of organic carbon and nutrient dynamics in cocoa agroforestry systems. His doctoral dissertation was written on “Conversion of Natural Forest to Cocoa Agroforest in Lowland Humid Ghana: Impact on Plant Biomass Production, Organic Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics”. He has rich experience and professional expertise in the adoption of gender sensitive, collaborative management and capacity building approaches in the promotion of sustainable farming practices for small farmer development. He has additional certificates in Agricultural and Rural Projects and Management (University of Bradford, U.K.) and Assessment and Transfer of Technologies from National Institute Small Industry Extension Training (NISIET) in Hyderabad, India. Presently a Researcher Fellow and Lecturer at the Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi Ghana, he teaches courses in agroforestry and supervises students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Courses he teaches currently in the 1st and 2nd Semesters are: AGF 357 Plantation tree crops in Agroforestry Systems; AGF 358 Research Methods in Agroforestry; AGF 455 Current Issues in Land-use Management and AGF 456 Current Research in Agroforestry, all at the undergraduate level, and AF 603 Land-use Analysis and Classification and AF 604 Agroforestry Research Methodology at the MSc. Level. He has coordinated several research and development projects including two highly successful EU-sponsored projects; Forest Resources Creation Project and Agroforestry, Environmental Care and Job Creation Project in the Sefwi Wiawso District of the Western Region of Ghana both implemented jointly by Ricerca e Cooperazione (Italian NGO) and the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources of the KNUST. Additionally, he coordinated the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA)-sponsored Commercial Development of Farmer-based Organizations (CDFO) and Ghana Jatropha (GHAJA) Project, implemented by the Technology Consultancy Centre of this university. Most recently, Dr. Dawoe has been engaged in a UNESCO sponsored project “Promoting the Conservation of Lake Bosomtwe and its Fisheries Resources through Appropriate Agroforestry Practices”, taking part in a component dealing with a survey of farming systems in the communities and the introduction of agroforestry practices as sustainable approaches to minimizing land degradation within the lake side communities. In 2014 Dr. Dawoe was member of a team of researchers undertaking studies on “Baseline Carbon Quantification in Smallholder Cocoa Farms in ten cocoa growing districts in Ghana for SNV Ghana, an NGO with interest in sustainable cocoa production

Areas of Interest

Current areas of research interests include:

Agro-ecology; plant-soil interactions; fertility maintenance in tropical agro-ecosystems; climate change mitigation; carbon projects and markets, carbon sequestration and ecosystem services; biogeochemical cycling and nutrient dynamics in shade-cocoa systems; tropical agroforestry, agrarian communication networks; facilitating non-coercive change; land-use change and natural resources management.

Research Philosophy

The philosophy driving Dr. Dawoe’s research and development goals is based on the premise that science should be used to promote the well-being of small-scale farmers to develop more ecologically friendly farming systems by providing alternative management practices. In all his research and its applications, he integrates both technical and social approaches. A specialist in the integrative management of agroforestry systems for long term on-farm diversity and sustainability, shade tree diversity and their impacts on carbon and nutrient dynamics and social networks, he has published a number of scientific papers and technical reports and in these areas.

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed journal publications

  • Isaac, M. E., L. C. N. Anglaaere, D. S. Akoto, and E. Dawoe (2014) Migrant farmers as information brokers: agroecosystem management in the transition zone of Ghana. Ecology and Society 19(2): 56.
  • Dawoe, E. K., Oppong, S. K and Quashie-Sam, J. S. (2014) Effect of land-use conversion from forest to cocoa agroforest on soil characteristics and quality of a Ferric Lixisol in lowland humid Ghana. Agroforestry Systems 88:87-99.
  • Dawoe, E. K., Quashie-SamS.J., Isaac, M. E. and Oppong, S. K. (2012) Exploring farmers’ local knowledge and perceptions of soil fertility and management in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Geoderma.179/180:96-103
  • Oti-Boateng, P.;Dawoe, E.;Oti-Boateng, C., (2011) Technological innovation in the value chain: A case study of soybean processing for food and wealthFood Chain, 1(2):177-186.
  • Dawoe, E., Isaac, M. E. and Quashie-Sam S. J. (2010). Litterfall, litter accumulation, litter turnover and nutrient return under cocoa ecosystems in lowland humid Ghana. Plant and Soil 330:55-64
  • Isaac, M.E. and Dawoe, E. (2009) Integrative management of cocoa agroforestry systems: promoting long-term on-farm diversity. Journal of University. of Science & Technology 29(2): 26-32
  • Marney E. Isaac, Evans Dawoe, and Krystyna Sieciechowicz, (2008) Assessing Local Knowledge Use in Agroforestry Management with Cognitive Maps. Environmental Management: DOI 10.1007/s00267-008-9201-8
  • Dawoe, E., S. J. Quashie-Sam and F. Ulzen-Appiah (2000) Root Growth and Distribution Pattern in Leucaena leucocephala. Gliricidia sepium and Senna siamea in the Humid Lowlands of Ghana. Journal of the University of Science and Technology. 25 (Vols. 1, 2 & 3): 1-13.

Conference and poster presentations

  • Agbenyega, O., Abban, E. K., Ofori, J. K.  and DawoeE. L. K. (2014). Declining Traditional Cultures and Potential New Considerations for the Sustainable Management of Lake Bosomtwe in the Ashanti Region of Ghana A paper presented at the National Forestry Conference, FORIG, Fumesua, Kumasi 16th -18th September 2014.
  • Oti-Boateng, P. and Dawoe, E. (2006). Transformation of micro-finance schemes from subsistence living to small or medium scale enterprises – Analysis of Policies for integration of science and technology into client’s activities. A UNESCO policy paper. No. 11-6, UNESCO, Nairobi, 39 pp.
  • Oti-Boateng, P E. and Dawoe E., (2006) Transformation of micro finance schemes from subsistence living to small and medium scale enterprises in Ghana. A paper presented at the International Forum on Engineering and Technology for Poverty Reduction February 22-24, 2006, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa Isaac,
  • M.E. and E. Dawoe. 2011. Linking social networks and agroecology management for information diffusion. International network for Social Network Analysis, SUNBELT conference, Florida, USA.
  • Contran N., Bellavite D., Kumah F. K. A., Dawoe E., Oti-Boateng C.and Lubino M.  A promising energy crop for rural development: improvement of Jatropha curcas agro-practices – A paper presented at a Joint AGI-SIBV-SIGA Meeting at Cittadella did Assisi, Italy, 19-22 September 2011
  • Dawoe E and and Gianna Da Re, (2004)     Participatory approach to the Creation and Sustainable Management of Forest Resources in the Sefwi Wiawso District. A poster presentation at the African (Tropical) Forestry Experts Meeting held in Addis Ababa Ethiopia form the 4TH -6TH March 2004.

Manual/Book, Book Chapter and Technical reports

  • Acheampong, E., Bosu, P. and Dawoe, E. (2014) Baseline Carbon Quantification In Smallholder Cocoa Farms in Ghana. A Technical Report Submitted To SNV Ghana Cocoa Eco Project, 115pp. 
  • Intelligence Nature International Working Group (Bannerman, W., Abban, E. K., Ulzen-Appiah, F., Agbenyega, O., Ofori, J. K., Dassah, A. L., Dawoe, E, and Akomea J. (2014) Dying Cultures, Agroforestry and Fisheries in: Sustainable Management of the Lake Bosumtwi Project No. 4500178833. A technical Report prepared for UNESCO Ghana. 128pp.
  • Isaac, M. E., Dawoe, E. (2011). Agrarian communication networks: Consequences for agroforestry. In Ö. Bodin and C. Prell, editors. Social Networks and Natural Resource Management: Uncovering the Social Fabric of Environmental Governance. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Dawoe E, Da Re G., Adokor M, Agyare-Kwabi P, Amevor E, Boafo E and Danquah G, (2004). Agroforestry Manual - A Resource Material for Farming in Forest Fringe Communities in Ghana. European Union and Ricerca e Cooperazione. Jelaw Enterprises and Publications, Accra Ghana, 39 pp.
  • Oti-Boateng, P., Dawoe, E., King, R., Amponsah, S. K. and Oduro, F. T. (2007). Worst Forms of Child Labour Survey in six districts in Ghana. A survey Report prepared for the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Geneva, 113 pp.

Appointments/Employment Record & Positions Held

2009-Date: Lecturer/Research Fellow, Agroforestry Department, Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources, KNUST, Kumasi


Semester 1

  • AGF 357: Plantation tree crops in Agroforestry Systems (BSc III)
  • AGF 455: Current Issues in Land-use Management (BSc IV)
  • AF 601: Agroforestry Concepts, Systems, Technologies and Practices (MSc I)
  • AF 603: Land-use Analysis and Classification (MSc I)

Semester 2

  • AGF 358: Agroforestry Research Methods (BSc III)
  • AGF 456: Current Research in Agroforestry (BSc IV)
  • AF 601: Research Methods in Agroforestry (MSc 1)

July 2008 -2009: Research Fellow, Technology Consultancy Centre, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana.

August 2004-June 2008 - On Study, leave. Pursued PhD Agroforestry research with the Faculty of Renewable Resources, KNUST, Kumasi

May 2003 to July 2004: Research Fellow, Technology Consultancy Centre, &  Faculty of Renewable Natural             Resources,       Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

May 2000 to May 2003 - Projects Coordinator: Ricerca e Cooperazione, (Italian International NGO), Sefwi Wiawso field office. Coordinated the implementation of two (2) EU-Sponsored Agroforestry and Sustainable Livelihoods Projects namely:

  • Forest Resources Creation Project (FRCP)
  • Agroforestry, Environmental Care, and Poverty Reduction Project.

September 1990 to May 2002 - Research Fellow:

Agroforestry Development and Sustainable Livelihoods Promotion Programme, Technology Consultancy Centre, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Exhibitions, Technology transfer and rural extension Activities

  • Coordinator –MiDA Commercial Development of Farmer Based Organisation Training Programme (August 2008-June 2011)
  • Coordinator-Ghana Jatropha/University of Sassari Jatropha Project February 2008-August 2010
  • Coordinated and participated in Sixth International Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (IFWE) and world Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (WASME) Exhibition in September 1997
  • Coordinated and participated in Ghana’s 3rd Industry and Technology Fair (INDUTECH ’92)
  • Coordinated and participated in Ghana’s 3rd Industry and Technology Fair (INDUTECH ’88)

Honours and Awards

  • Africa 2000 Agroforestry Extension: (1992-1994) - Three million Cedis (¢3,000,000.00) to facilitate the running of the centres demonstration farm and to promote extension work
  • Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund (TALIF) (2004-2008) - Seven thousand dollars ($ 7,000.00) support to enable Dr. Dawoe undertake a three month study visit to the Cornell University as a visiting scientist to finalise and firm up his PhD research proposal
  • Research and Conference Grant:(2005-2008) - Ninety five million cedis (¢95,000,000.00) support to pursue research leading to the award of a PhD agroforestry degree at the KNUST