Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan

Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan is a luminary in the fields of agricultural research, policy formulation, and governance. He holds a Ph.D. in Agriculture from Imperial College, University of London, where he delved into research studies in Agronomy, and an M. Phil. in Agricultural Biotechnology from Wye College, University of London, where he explored Yam Tissue Culture. He also holds a BSc. in Agriculture from the University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.

Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Alhassan has held various pivotal roles, including serving as Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture from 2013 to 2017, and as Member of Parliament for the Mion Constituency in the Northern Region of Ghana from 2005 to 2017. From 2009 to 2013, he chaired the Parliamentary Committee on Food, Agriculture, and Cocoa Affairs, where he is credited with piloting important bills such as the Plants and Fertilizer Act 2010 and the Biosafety Act 2011 into legislation.

Dr. Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan has also been instrumental in fostering research-extension linkages and promoting farmer-centric approaches to agricultural development. He has led initiatives aimed at enhancing agricultural productivity, livelihoods, and empowering rural communities, particularly in the Northern regions of Ghana.

Dr. Alhassan’s influence transcends national boundaries, as evidenced by his active participation in international forums and conferences. He led Ghana’s delegation to key gatherings such as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Conference in 2015, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Governing Council Meeting in 2016, where he advocated for initiatives aimed at bolstering rural resilience and sustainable development.

Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan’s contributions have been recognized with prestigious awards, including the Nobles International Award and the Northern Youth for Peace and Development (NYUPED) Achievers Award for Social and Economic Impact, underscoring his exceptional contributions to social and economic progress in Ghana’s agricultural landscape.

Dr. Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan’s legacy is characterized by his tireless advocacy for sustainable agriculture, adept policymaking, and unwavering commitment to the advancement of rural communities in Ghana and beyond. His vision, leadership, and unwavering dedication continue to inspire generations of agriculturalists and policymakers alike.