National and international collaboration : Oil Palm Processors & Millers Association, Ministry of Food & Agriculture; Ghana Science Association
Afari obtained his BSc in Agriculture from the University of Ghana (Legon) in Crop Science. In May 2002, he joined the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Oil Palm Research Institute of Ghana (CSIR-OPRI) as an Assistant Research Scientist.
He was involved in the generation of several technologies for oil palm producers in the areas of effective weed control and management, various oil palm – food crops intercropping systems and other trials to increase the yield of oil palm. He is also involved in various local, national and international oil palm stakeholder training programmes organized by the Institute and other collaborators. He played a key role in the implementation and establishment of government’s Presidential Special Initiative(PSI) on oil palm program by heading one of the Outgrower Support Units(OSU) involved in the formation of Farmer Based Organizations(FBOs), establishment and operations of oil palm nurseries, land selection, establishment and maintenance of several hectares of oil palm fields
His current responsibilities includes heading the Plantation Management Division of the Institute. He has a desire to enhance the yield per unit area of our plantations, practice the technologies generated by research programs and help propagate the benefits of these findings to stakeholders in the oil palm value chain.
Afari has co-authored several important scientific journal articles which have been published in reputable local and international journals. He aspires to become a distinguished Plantation Management expert to help improve the productivity, efficiency and profitability of producers and processors in the oil palm value chain. He also wishes to make his expertise available through collaboration and training to promote the oil palm industry.
He is a member of the CSIR –Senior Staff Association and Ghana Science Association. He is married with children.