Dr. (Mrs.) Ernestina Fredua Antoh

Senior Research Fellow

Dept: Bureau of Integrated Rural Development Office:
Bureau of Integrated Rural Development, KNUST, Kumasi Ghana

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Research Areas/Interests

Rural livelihoods, microfinance and human capital development, gender and development, value chain governance and coordination....~more


Dr. Mrs. Ernestina Fredua Antoh is a Senior Research Fellow at the Bureau of Integrated Rural Development (BIRD), College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, (CANR). She has training in Sociology with focus on social planning and rural policy development, monitoring and evaluation. Dr. Mrs. Ernestina Fredua Antoh holds Doctoral degree in Development Studies from University of Cape Coast. Ernestina joined KNUST  after graduation from the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra and currently the Director of BIRD and provides leadership to the Bureau.

Ernestina’s research interests focus on rural livelihoods, microfinance, gender and development, value chain governance and coordination. Her major research has been in the area of microfinance and human capital development resulting in a number of peer-reviewed journal articles. She has special interest in the role of market queens in the commodity chain especially, market queens and value chain. She has been involved in community engagement and outreach services through dissemination of research results at workshops and training programmes. She has participated in several national socio-economic studies involving project appraisal, planning, impact assessment and evaluation, baseline and feasibility studies. She has been a member of International Mission Programmes as a rural sociologist. Ernestina is a member of numerous boards and committees.

Professional Experience

Provision of general extension services including mobilization of local people for self-help projects : Implementation of Human Resource Development

  • Organization of training, workshops and seminar for capacity building of District Level Planners
  • Preparation of Technical and Financial Proposals: Project Preparation and Execution
  • Planning and Undertaking of Socio-economic baseline surveys to formulate integrated rural development projects and policies.
  • Conducting stakeholder analysis and perception studies for mining communities
  • Conducting research into development issues relevant to women.
  • Feasibility Studies to establish the proficiency of Proposed projects
  • Conduct Impact Assessment, Appraisal. Monitoring and Evaluation of Projects


  • Mounting of academic and skill training for local level planners on Planning and Development
  • Social planning especially in undertaking social-economic studies for the formulation of projects, as well as conducting research into Women in Development issues.
  • Community and District Development Plans
  • Data collection, assessing the potentialities, constraints and analyzing development in rural environments.

On-going Research

Gender dimensions of climate change



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