Dr. Irene Annor-Frempong is the Director for Research and Innovation at ‘The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa’ (FARA). By training, she is an Animal Scientist with a strong focus on Research Methodology, with over 20 years of experience as a research scientist, manager and educationist. Prior to FARA, she worked at research institutes including FAP Research Station, Rekenholtz- Zurich in Switzerland and at the IVO, Zeist in the Netherlands. She also worked as Senior lecturer and coordinator of research at universities and other tertiary education institutions in Ghana, Nigeria and Lesotho.
In FARA, Dr. Annor-Frempong has led the development and coordination of continent-wide programs including the programs on Strengthening the Capacity of Agricultural Research and Development for Africa (SCARDA) and the Universities, Business Research in Agricultural Innovation (UniBRAIN) as well as the Africa Human Capital for Science, Technology and Agri-preneurship for Food security (AHCSTAFF) programme. She serves on a number of Boards and Steering Committees of continent-wide and global initiatives including the World Bank Africa Centres of Excellence (ACE) program and is a member of a number of professional bodies with several peer-reviewed papers in reputed journals to her credit. She served on the Technical Committee of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and the Consultative Advisory Group on Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET).
As Director of Research and Innovation, she currently leads the strategic orientation for research and innovation of FARA and the operationalization of the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A), the underpinning continental framework for addressing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Programme (CAADP) goal of increasing productivity and the STI Strategy (STISA) priority one on reducing hunger and food insecurity in African countries. Dr. Annor-Frempong obtained her PhD from the Veterinary School, University of Bristol, UK and holds an MSc in Animal Production Science from Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands. She graduated with a BSc. (Hons) in Agriculture and holds a Diploma in Education, both from University of Cape Coast, Ghana.