Dr. Askia Musah Mohammed

BRIEF PROFILE

Dr. Askia Musah Mohammed is the Ag. Dean of the faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Tamale Technical University, Tamale in Ghana. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sustainable Agriculture. Prior to his coming to TaTU, he was a Senior Research Scientist with over twenty (20) years of professional working experience in the National Agricultural Research System as soil chemistry and fertility improvement expert. He had been working at the CSIR-Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (CSIR-SARI), Tamale, Ghana, since 2001 until 2021 when he resigned and picked the teaching appointment from TaTU. Dr. A. M. Mohammed had held managerial positions at CSIR-SARI including the head of the soil chemistry section and the team leader for the northern region farming systems research group which is one of the four main divisions of CSIR-SARI tasked with analyzing the farming systems of the region (Northern, North East and Savannah Regions) with the view to generating appropriate innovations that could bring about improvement in the livelihoods of the people. He was a member of the internal management committee of CSIR-SARI from 2019 to 2021.

As part of his career development in research over the years, Dr. A. M. Mohammed gained much experience in cropping systems research through collaborations with several research and development projects funded by various donor agencies such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), CG centers (e.g. IITA, ICRISAT, IFDC), Global Affairs Canada and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and many local jurisdictions, with local and international partners.

Education

Dr. A. M Mohammed obtained his B.Sc. (Chemistry) and MPhil. (Soil Science) degrees from the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana, in 1999 and 2008, respectively and Ph.D. (Soil Science) degree from the University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom, in 2014.

Research Interest/Output

His researches focus on the development of agricultural systems to enhance sustainable soil productivity and resilience to climate changes. Mainly, the areas of research include integrated soil fertility management, plant nutrition, plant and soil analyses procedures and participatory research approaches. Specifically, he conducts research into plant litter decomposition and nutrient dynamics in soils, integrated soil fertility management, nutrient data interpretation and fertilizer recommendations based on the 4R fertilizer framework. He has over 15 peer reviewed publications including a book chapter.