Beatrice Obiri Darko

Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Darko Obiri

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Position: Principal Research Scientist


Professional background
2004 PhD Agricultural Ecology (Economics), University of Wales, Bangor,UK

1995 MSc. Agroforestry, Aberdeen University, Scotland, UK

1993 BSc. (Hons) Agriculture (Economics and Farm Management), KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana

Professional fields of interest
Agro-ecological economics/Farming systems

Sustainable land use/natural resource management


Forest products and markets

Livelihood and gender analyses

Value chain/Supply chain analysis

Biomass energy (Charcoal and Firewood)

Climate Change

Research Projects
Rehabilitation of degraded forest for sustainable woodfuel production and climate change mitigation in the forest-savanna transition zone of Ghana  ITTO Funded

Multistakeholder dialogue for developing alternative livelihoods for illegal chainsaw lumber producers EU Funded

Economies of Mahogany production in Ghana ITTO Funded

Capacity building for small holder CDM forests in Ghana ITTO Funded

Tropical forests for poverty alleviation: From household data to global analysis. PEN-CIFOR Project Funded by Danish Government

Economics and development of Integrated mahogany farm plantations. ITTO funded

Ethno botanical studies on medicinal plants in Ghana. Afornet funded

Socio-economics and development

Other positions
Head of Division, Forest Products and Marketing Division, Forestry Research Institute of Ghana 

Project coordinator, Danida-PEN Ghana


Journal articles
Hansen, C. P., Pouliot, M., Treue, T., Obiri, D. B. and Marfo, E. 2014. Forests, timber and rural livelihoods: Implications for the VPA and social safeguards in Ghana. Accepted for publication, Small Scale Forestry, Journal.

Alessandro De Pinto, Richard D. Robertson and Beatrice Darko Obiri, 2013. Adoption of Climate Change Mitigation Practices by Risk‐averse Farmers in the Ashanti Region, Ghana. Ecological Economics 86, 47-54

Ofori, D. A., Obiri Darko, B., Gyimah, A., Adam, K. A., Jimoh, S. O. and Jamnadass, R. 2012. Ethnobotany, propagation and conservation of medicinal plants in Ghana. Ghana J. Forestry, Vol. 28 (1) 29-38

Mariève Pouliot Thorsten Treue, Beatrice Darko Obiri and Boureima Ouedraogo, 2012. Deforestation and the limited contribution of forests to rural livelihoods in West Africa: Evidence from Burkina Faso and Ghana. AMBIO, A journal of the Human Environment. Vol. 41 (4).

C. P. Hansen, L. Damnyag, B.D. Obiri and K. Carlsen , 2011. Revisiting illegal logging and the size of the domestic timber market: The case of Ghana. International Forestry Review. Vol. 14, (1) 39-49

B. D. Obiri, V. K. Agyeman, B. Kyereh, E. Nutakor, E. A. Obeng, A. Agyeman and S. Britwum, 2011. Perception and participation of local people in tree planting initiatives in Northern Ghana. Ghana Forestry Journal, Vol. 27 (3), 80-93.

B. Darko Obiri and L. Damnyag, 2011. Socio-economic contribution of illegal chainsaw milling to the Ghanaian rural economy. Ghana Journal of Forestry. Vol. 27, 50-67.

Obiri, D. B. & Addai, A. 2007. People & Plants: A survey of economic botanicals on the Kumasi central market. Ghana Forestry Journal, Vol. 21 and 22: 50-71.

Obiri, D. B. & Oteng-Amoako, A. 2007. Towards a sustainable development of the bamboo industry in Ghana. Ghana Forestry Journal, Vol. 21 and 22: 14 – 27.

Beatrice Darko Obiri, Geoff A. Bright, Morag A. McDonald, Luke C. N. Anglaaere and Joseph Cobbina 2007. Financial analysis of shaded cocoa in Ghana. Agroforestry Systems 71 (2). Pp 139-149. Springer Netherlands.

Obiri D. B, Bright, G. ¸ McDonald MA, Jatango JA, Cobbina J. & Sinclair, F. 2007. The Economic potential and farmer perceptions of herbaceous legume fallows in Ghana. Experimental Agriculture 43 (3). pp 269-287 UK

Oteng-Amoako, A. & Obiri, D. B. 2001. Rattan Processing and Marketing in Africa. Unasylva Vol. 52 (2) pp 24-25. FAO, Rome Italy


Book chapter
Jamnadass, R., Obiri, D. B., et. al., 2015. Understanding the Roles of Forests and Tree-based Systems in Food Provision. In Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition: A Global Assessment Report. IUFRO World Series 33, 25-49. Editors: Bhaskar Vira, Christoph Wildburger, Stephanie Mansourian. 

Parrotta, J. A., Obiri, D. B., et. al., 2015. The Historical, Environmental and Socio-Economic Context of Forests and Tree-Based Systems for Food Security and Nutrition. In Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition: A Global Assessment Report. IUFRO World Series 33, 51-85. Editors: Bhaskar Vira, Christoph Wildburger, Stephanie Mansourian.

Oteng-Amoako, A. & Obiri, D. B. 2002. Rattan as a Sustainable Industry in Africa: The Need for Technological Interventions. In Rattan-current research issues and prospects for conservation and sustainable development. Non-Wood Forest Products (14), pp 89-100. FAO, Rome Italy.

Dugan, E., Obiri, D. B., Peprah, T., Yeboah, E. and Gaisie, E. 2014. Manual on Sustainable Soil and Water Conservation Practices and Approaches for Engaging for the Adoption of Agricultural Interventions in the Lake Bosomtwe Basin, Ghana. CSIR-Soil and Forestry Research Institutes/Unesco Accra Office

P. P. Bosu, J. R. Cobbinah, B. Darko Obiri, E. E. Nkrumah, S. S. Stephens and M. R. Wagner, 2010. Handbook on Mixed Indigenous Species Plantations in Ghana. Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG)/International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). 37Pp.

Moss, C.,Frost, W., Obiri, D. B., Jatango, A. J., Dixon, H. and Sinclair, F. 2001.Local Knowledge and Livelihood :tools for soils research and dissemination in Ghana.. Bridging Knowledge Gaps between Soils Research and Dissemination in Ghana. DFID project R7516. School of Agricultural and Forest Sciences, University of Wales, Bangor, UK.

Ulzen-Appiah, F. & Fiawatsror, B. 1993.  Multipurpose Trees and their Management. In Agroforestry in Ghana: A technology Information Kit. Africa 2000/GhRRM/IIRR/IDRC.


1994-1995 ODASS to study MSc. Agroforesty in Aberdeen, UK

1998 DSE Germany Scholarship for Training in Interdisciplinary Team Research, ICRA. Netherlands 

2000-2003 DFID sponsorship for PhD Univ. of Wales, UK

2008 ERSMUS MUNDUS SUTROFOR  Scholarship for visiting academics to the Univ. of Wales, UK

2013 Commonwealth Professional Fellowship for training course in Bio-Energy and Climate Change at the University of Edinburgh, UK

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