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Portia Adade Williams

Country of origin: Ghana Currently in: Ghana, Accra General field of specialization: Agricultural Sciences
PhD Fellowship Alumna
Academic Background


2011 Master Social and Economic Sciences
2006 Undergraduate Agricultural Sciences
2020 Doctorate Agricultural Sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Agricultural Sciences

My current research looks at “Impact of climate variability on pineapple productivity in Ghana”. From 2012 to present, I have also been involved in a number of CSIR – STEPRI’s collaborative research works. These include • Rain Water Harvesting for resilience to climate change impact on water availability in Ghana • Multi National Enterprises in Emerging Markets (MNEmerge) - Exploring the role of multinational enterprises in addressing global development challenges • African Science, Technology and Innovation Indicator (ASTII) Survey, Phase II • Diffusion of Innovation in Low Income Countries (DILIC) study • Rural Enterprises Programme: Business Opportunities Identification Study(BOIS)Phases I&II

Research Keywords: 
climate change
Rain Water Harvesting
climate variability

Publications resulting from Research: 

Onumah, J. A., Williams, P. A., Quaye, W., Akuffobea, M. and Onumah, E. E. (2014): Smallholder Cocoa Farmers Access to On/Off Farm Support Services and its Effect on Production. Asian Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development, 4(10): 484-495

Akuffobea M., Williams, P. A., Asare R. and Essegbey G. O. (2015). Implications of Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems on Technology Development and Dissemination in Ghana: A Review. International Journal for Agriculture Research and Innovation (IJARI). Volume 1, pp1-9

Amisigo, B., Asare, R., Azrague, K., Bjorkvoll, T., Damman, S., Helness, H., Ofori, D., Adade, P. and Akuffobea, M. (2014): Sustainability Assessment of Selected Rain Water Harvesting Designs. Report from Activity 1, ISBN: 978-9988-1-9350-8

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
I am a Research Scientist with the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Ghana for the past three years. My research interests focus on climate impact and adaptation in agricultural systems as well as socio economic and innovation studies.

Workshop and Conference Attended

2016 Brown University Providence, Rhode Island - USA Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) “Climate Change and Its Impacts: Connecting Local Variability and Knowledge in a Global System”
2016 Namibia University of Science and Technology, Windhoek-Namibia Ecological statistical analysis training on "Introduction to Statistical Modelling - A Data Based Approach"
2015 Beijing, P. R. China International training on “Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy Research and Method: Reinforcing National Capacity on STI Assessment” under the auspices of UNESCO
2016 La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Accra-Ghana. Innovation Conference Ghana 2016
2016 University of Ibadan, Ibadan-Nigeria 7th Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit
2016 African Academy of Sciences (AAS) Headquarters, Nairobi- Kenya Induction workshop for Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) Programme
2015 CSIR-STEPRI, Accra-Ghana Multinational Enterprises in Emerging Markets (MNEmerge) regional workshop
2014 CSIR-STEPRI, Accra – Ghana Innovation and African Development conference
2014 Accra Institute of Technology (AIT), Accra-Ghana International Research Initiative Conference (IRIC)


Ghana Science Association

Presentation given

Undertaking Innovation Activities among Firms in Ghana: Challenges and Opportunities
La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Accra-Ghana
Event: Innovation Conference Ghana 2016
Climate Variability Impact on Pineapple Productivity in Ghana
University of Ibadan, Ibadan-Nigeria
Event: 7th Annual Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit (ISDS) 2016
Ghana’s Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Outlook
Chinese Academy of Science and Technology, Beijing-China
Event: International Training Program on STI Policies 2015
Collecting Innovation Data in Low Income Countries: Challenges and Opportunities
CSIR-STEPRI, Accra-Ghana
Event: Innovation and African Development Conference
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Feb 2016
Brown International Advanced Research Institute Award
Received a full travel award from Brown University and Santander Universities to participate in 2016 BIARI, USA
Sep 2015
CIRCLE Cohort 2
Awarded a Post Master’s Research Fellowship by Department for International Development (DfID), United Kingdom under the Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) Programme in Sub Saharan Africa for one year research study on “Climate variability impact on pineapple production in Ghana”
Nov 2014
Silver Award, IRIC 2014 Conference
Received Silver Award for the paper “Implications of Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems on Technology Development and Dissemination in Ghana: A Review” at International Research Initiative Conference 2014 in Ghana under Engineering, Science, Technology and Innovation category of the conference.
Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship awarded 2016

PHD Graduation 2020


An Integrated Approach to Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment of Smallholder Production Systems: Evidence from Horticultural Production in Ghana

OWSD 6th General Assembly certificate: download

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