Dr. Benjamin K Addom is an Agricultural Information Specialist with special focus on using the new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for supporting extension and advisory services (EAS). He has over 20 years of experience with smallholder farming; EAS provision; agricultural research and development approaches and methodologies; fundraising and grant mobilization; and designing and grant making to support agriculture.
He holds Doctorate in Information Science and Technology from Syracuse University School of Information Studies, USA; Masters in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University, USA; and Bachelors in General Agriculture from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
Ben had first hand experience of smallholder agriculture in Ghana prior to secondary and college education. He then spent over 4 years as agricultural extension officer with both the public and private sector service providers in Northern Ghana.
He spent 10 years in the US researching and exploring the potentials of ICTs in supporting EAS. At CTA, he designs and implements ICT4Ag projects. He led the technical organisation of the ICT4Ag International Conference in Kigali, 2013; he supported the implementation of 5 projects across Africa and Caribbean to understand models of ICT4Ag services provision in 2014/15; in 2015, he supported 2 mobile platforms to overcome digital literacy and increase subscription base; he is also currently managing a multi-million, multi-partnership, & multi-year E-extension project in Uganda that utilizes remote sensing/satellite-based data to inform EAS to over 350,000 maize, soya bean and sesame farmers.