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Dr. Benedicta Fosu-Mensah

Dr. Benedicta Fosu-Mensah
Senior Research Fellow

Educational History

  • Ph.D in Ecology and Natural Resource Management (Soil Science); University of Bonn, Germany and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.
  • M. Sc.  Agricultural Science and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ARTS); University of Bonn, Germany.
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) in Agricultural Technology; University for Development Studies, Tamale

Research interest

  • Climate change impact assessment, adaptation and poverty reduction
  • Climate change and the urban poor
  • Sanitation
  • Site Specific nutrient management
  • Soil degradation and environmental pollution
  • Land-use / land-cover change on soil moisture, runoff and nutrients

Current Research Projects and Activities

  • Early warning system for climate change (CLIM-WARN);  Partnership between UNDP and University of Ghana, implemented by IESS (2013 – 2015). Funded by German Government.
  • Crude oil drilling: Onshore environmental impact assessment of the Jubilee oil field of the Western region of Ghana. Funded by ORID, University of Ghana (2014 – 2016).
  • Re-optimizing of operations of the Akosombo and Kpong Dams on the Volta River in Ghana to restore downstream livelihood and ecosystem: A collaborative project with the National Heritage Institute (USA) and Ghana Water Resource Commission.- Funded by Africa Development Bank (2013 -2014).
  •  Development of National Sanitation Standards for Ghana. Funded by Ministry of Environment, Science, Innovation and Technology (MESIT) (2014)
  • Utilization of Organic Waste for Improvement of Agricultural Productivity (UOWIAP). -Funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands, through NWO-WOTRO 

 Graduate Students supervision (M.Phil)

  • Adigbli David Yao Mawuli: Canopy Disturbance Effects On Alien Plant Invasion in the Afram Headwaters Forest Reserve, Ghana: Ecological and Economic Implications (Ongoing).
  • Otchere Jesus Christ: Environmental Effects Of Palm Oil And Coconut Oil Processing; A Study At Twifo Praso And Nyamedom In The Central Region (Ongoing).
  • Agyapong Wireko : Assessment of the impact of land use / land cover changes and other socioeconomic activities on the quality of water of Lake Bosomtwe in the Ashanti Region (Ongoing).

List of Publications


  1. Fosu-Mensah B. Y. (2012). Modelling maize (Zea mays L.) productivity and impact of climate change on yileld and nutrient utilization in sub-humid Ghana. Ecology and Development Series No 87, ISSN 1864-0443

Book Chapters

  1. Yirenya-Tawiah, D., Fosu-Mensah, B. Y., Gordon, C and Nukpezah Daniel (2017) Pubic health impact of Dam Re-optimisation and re-operation; the case of the lower Volta basin. Dams, Development and Downstream communities In: Ntiamoa-Baidu, Y., Ampomah, B. Y and Ofosu, E. A. (eds). Implications for re-optimising the operations of the Akosombo and Kpong dams in Ghana. Digibooks Gh. Ltd., Tema, Ghana.
  2. MacCarthy, D. S., Vlek, P. L. G., Fosu-Mensah, B. Y. (2012).  The Response of Maize to N Fertilization in a Sub-humid Region of Ghana; Understanding the Processes using a Crop Simulation Model.  In: J. Kihara, G. Hoogenboom and A. Bationo (eds.), Improving Soil Fertility Recommendation in Africa using Decision Support for Agro-technological Transfers (DS SAT), DOI 10, 1007/978 - 94 - 007 - 2960 - 5 - 5, Springer Science + Business Media B. V.

List of Journal Articles

  1.  Adigbli, D. M., Anning, A. K., Adomako,  J.s K.,  and  Fosu-Mensah B. Y. (2018). Effects of Broussonetia papyrifera invasion and land use on vegetation characteristics in a tropical forest of Ghana.  J. Forestry. Research.  
  2. Fosu-Mensah, B. Y, Ofori, A., Ofosuhene, M., Ofori-Attah, E., Nunoo, F. K.E., Darko, G., Tuffour, I., Gordon, C., Arhinful, D. K., Nyarko,  A. K. and  Appiah-Opong, Regina (2018). West Africa Journal of Ecology (forthcoming)
  3. Fosu-Mensah . Y.,  Addae, E., Yirenya-Tawiah, D. and Nyame F.(2017). Heavy metals concentration and distribution in soils and vegetation at Korle Lagoon area in Accra, Ghana., Cogent Environmental Science (3) 1405887. 1-14
  4. Rafia Afroz, Rulia Akhtar, AZ Ibrahim, MM Alam, C Siwar, AH Jaafar, B Talib, KO Salleh, Siwar, B Talib, M Mokhtar, ME Toriman, BY Fosu-Mensah, et al (2012). Micro-level analysis of farmers adaptation to climate change in Southern Africa. Asian Journal of Agricultural Research, 11 (4) 130-135.
  5. Okoffo, E. D., Fosu-Mensah, B. Y. and Gordon, C. (2017). Contamination levels of organophosphorus and synthetic pyrethroid pesticides in cocoa beans from Ghana. Food Control, 73 (2017) 1371-1378.
  6. Fosu-Mensah, B. Y. and Mensah, M. (2016). The effect of phosphorus and nitrogen fertilizers on grain yield, nutrient uptake and use efficiency of two maize (Zea mays L.)  varieties under rain fed condition on Haplic Lixisol in the forest-savannah transition zone of Ghana. Environmental Systems Research, 5 (22), 1- 17.
  7. Fosu-Mensah, B. Y., Okoffo., E. D., Darko, G. and Gordon, C. (2016b). Assessment of organochlorine pesticide residues in soils and drinking water sources from cocoa farms in Ghana. SpringerPlus, 5 (869), 1-13.
  8. Okoffo, E. D., Fosu-Mensah, B. Y., and Gordon, C (2016a). Persistent organochlorine pesticide residues in cocoa beans from Ghana, a concern for public health. International Journal of Food Contamination, 3 (5), 1-11.
  9. Okoffo, E. D., Denkyirah, E. K., Adu, D. T. and Fosu-Mensah, B. Y.  (2016). A Double-Hurdle Model estimation of cocoa farmers’ willingness to pay for crop insurance in Ghana. SpringerPlus, 5 (873), 1-19.
  10. Adama, M. Esena, R. Fosu-Mensah, B. and Yirenya-Tawiah, D. (2016). Heavy Metal Contamination of Soils around a Hospital Waste Incinerator Bottom Ash Dumps Site. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, (2016), 1-6 Article ID.
  11. Fosu-Mensah, B. Y., Okoffo., E. D., Darko, G. and Gordon, C. (2016a). Organophosphorus pesticide residues in soils and drinking water sources from cocoa producing areas in Ghana. Environmental System Research, 5 (10), 1-12.
  12. Okoffo, E. D., Mensah, M. and Fosu-Mensah, B. Y. (2016). Pesticides exposure and the use of Personal Protective Equipment by cocoa farmers in Ghana. Environmental system Research, 5 (17), 1-15.
  13. Fosu-Mensah, B. Y., Okoffo, E. D. and Mensah, M. (2016). Synthetic Pyrethroids Pesticide Residues in Soils and Drinking Water Sources from Cocoa Farms in Ghana. Environment and Pollution, 5 (1), 60-72.
  14. Wahabu, S., Fosu-Mensah, B. Y. and Nyame, F. K. (2015). Impact of Charcoal Production on Physical and Chemical Properties of Soil in the Central Gonja District of the Northern Region, Ghana. Journal of Environment and Natural Resources Research, 5 (3), 11 - 18.
  15. Fosu-Mensah, B. Y., Vlek, P. L. G., Günther, M. and Mensah M. (2015). The Influence of Azolla pinnataon Floodwater Chemistry, Grain Yield and Nitrogen Uptake of Rice in Dano, Southwestern Burkina Faso. Journal of Agricultural Science, 7 (8), 118 - 130.
  16. Mensah, M., Fosu-Mensah, B. Y. and Yirenya-Tawiah, D. (2014). Assessing public perception on beach quality for Ecotourism development; A case study of Kokrobite beach in the Greater Accra Region, Ghana. Journal of Environment and Earth Science, 4 (11), 58 – 66.
  17. Fosu-Mensah, B. Y., McCarthy, D. S. Vlek, P. L. G. and Safo, E. Y. (2012). Simulating impact of seasonal climatic variation on the response of maize (Zea mays L.) to inorganic fertilizer in sub-humid Ghana. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems Journal, 94 (2), 255-271.
  18. Fosu-Mensah, B.Y., Vlek, P. L. G., and MacCarthy, D. S.  (2012). Farmers' Perception and Adaptation to Climate Change - A Case Study in Sekyedumase District in Ghana. 2012, Journal of Environment, Development and Sustainability14 (4), 495–505.
  19. Dei, H. K., Fosu, B. Y.  Fordjour, G. E. and Otchere, O. (2002). Processed Product from Cassava and Blood (PPCB); an alternative low cost feed for Broiler Chickens. Development Spectrum, 2(1), 58-67.

Working Papers/Conference Paper

  1. Aryee, A. A., Fosu-Mensah, B. Y. and Nukpezah, D. (2017). Aaron An assessment of heavy metals in contaminated surface soil at auto-mechanic workshops within the Accra metropolis, Ghana. Conference paper; Dialogue on Sustanibility and Environmental Management in Accra , Ghana. Feb.15-16 2017. 
  2. Padgham, J.,Abubakari, A., Ayivor, J., Dietrich, K., Fosu-Mensah B., Gordon, C., Habtezion, S., Lawson, E., Mensah, A., Nukpezah, D., Ofori, B., Piltz, S., Sidibé, A., Sissoko, M., Totin, E., Traoré, S., Dazé, A., and Echeverría, D. (2015) Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in the Semi-Arid Regions of West Africa. ASSAR working paper.
  3. Fosu-Mensah B. Y. (2013). Modelling the impact of climate change on maize (Zea mays) yield under rainfed condition in Sub-humid Ghana. UNU-INRA working paper No 1
  4. Fosu-Mensah, B. Y. Manschadi, A. M. and Vlek, P.L. G. (2011). Climate change impact on maize yield and nutrients utilization in sub-humid zone of Ghana. Scenarios analysis using APSIM. CIMAC conference, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, February 7 - 9, 2011. Further Information: https://risocas.uni


  • 601: Soil, Water and Air Quality
  • 612: Forest Resource Management
  • ESCI 701: Environmental management
  • ESCI 702: Emerging Environmental Issues for the 21st century
  • CCSD 605: Environmental sustainability and impact Evaluation