Patience Dzifa Kaledzi (Ms.), is a Lecturer at the Department of Horticulture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. She holds a Master of Philosophy in Crop Science (Plant Breeding) from the University of Ghana, Legon (2001), a B.Sc. in Agriculture (Horticulture option) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana (1993) and a Diploma in Horticulture also from the same University (KNUST), Kumasi (1989). She has a considerable number of years (15years) of university teaching, research and administrative experience (2006-2021).
She also has a previous 13 years of research and development as well as some administrative experience from CSIR-Oil Palm Research Institute (OPRI), Kusi near Kade, where she was a Co- Scientist on three projects of the institute’s Agricultural Services Subsector Investment Project (AGSSIP) and the Lead scientist on the project, Development maintenance and evaluation of oil palm genetic resources for breeding and seed production in 2002 to 2005. At CSIR-OPRI, she also served as a Collaborating Staff of Oil Palm Research Institute on OICI-PAPIIR (Poverty Alleviation Programme and Income Improvement for Rural Ghana) Programme. Resource Person in training and extension programme for students, extension officers and other visitors to Oil Palm Research Institute, Resource Person for District workshop on Girl Child Education, Resource Person for District Science Technology and Mathematics Education, Clinic for girls, Member, School Admissions Committee, Treasurer: Senior Staff Club amongst others.
Within the 15 years of her current work at the KNUST, she has served in examination and administrative capacities as a Seminar Coordinator (2016 to date), an Academic Tutor, an Internal Examiner for the Department’s MPhil programmes, a Supervisor of a number of the Department’s undergraduate and postgraduate research projects and a Fellow of Queen Elizabeth II Hall, 2nd Partner (KNUST) on FUNAAB/KNUST/DflD/British Council DelPHE 5 Collaborative Research Project, LOC member, 1st International Training-Of-Trainers Workshop In Organic Agriculture-WANOART held at the Centre for Innovative Learning, KNUST from the 5th to 15th August, 2012, Member, National Varietal Release Committee (MOFA) to draft VCU and DUS for some vegetables and cereals, December 17 to 18, 2014, Ahenemma Kokoben among others.
Her professional/research interests include: Teaching and Research in breeding of horticultural crops including breeding for organic production, Teaching and Research into Organic and Sustainable Horticulture including soil amendments and disease and pest management in organic horticultural crop production. And Teaching and Research into Spices, Herbs and Aromatic plants.
She has good inter personal skills which enables her work effectively in a team. She has also served as a member of some committees of the Department such as the Committee on Sandwich Programme, Committee on review of Diploma programme.
She has contributed to the improvement of the practical skills of a large number of students of the B.Sc. (Agriculture, Agric Biotech and Landscape Design and Management) in plant propagating techniques as well as contributed yearly to commercial and internally generated funds of the Department through raising vegetables and ornamental plant materials.