Borlaug LEAP Fellow Dr. Boamah Yaw Ansah was working towards a PhD in Fisheries, Wildlife Sciences and Conservation at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University during his fellowship period. His doctoral project was entitled “Enhancing Profitability of Small-Scale Aquaculture Farm Operations in Ghana through Resource Management and Environmental Best Management Practices". Based on fieldwork in his native Ghana, Dr. Ansah expecting to show that widespread adoption of best management practices technologies will not only maintain the quality of the natural water environment on which farms depend, but will also make operations more efficient and profitable for farmers, with social benefits in food security and poverty alleviation.
Dr. Ansah began his Borlaug LEAP Fellowship in the summer of 2011. During that time he was mentored by Dr. Regassa Namara at the International Water management Institute (IWMI) in Ghana. In addition, Dr. Ansah also worked with Dr. Emmanuel Frimpong, a professor at Virginia Tech. Dr. Ansah’s research was integrated with an AquaFish CRSP project at the time and he aspired to be at the forefront of efforts attempting to combat global hunger and poverty and planned to return to Ghana to teach and do research. Dr. Ansah completed his PhD in 2014 and is currently working as a Trainer and Field Researcher at the West African Regional Fisheries Program in Ghana.