Profile Of Joseph Baidoo-Williams – Coordinator Of The Perennial Crops Programme

Joseph Baidoo-Williams
Joseph Baidoo-Williams

Mr. Joseph Baidoo-Williams was born in Takoradi in 1975. He had his basic education at Services (I) Primary School in Takoradi where he completed in 1988 without writing the Common Entrance Examination because of plans to be part of the first batch of JSS/SSS educational system. However upon seeing almost all his mates rush to the GCE O-Level/A-Level educational system, he changed his mind and took advantage of a Late Entrance Examination organized by Takoradi Secondary School to enter that school to do his GCE O-Levels from 1988 – 1993. He subsequently attended Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS) also in Takoradi from 1993 – 1995 for his GCE A-Levels.

His first National Service after his A-Level education took him to Mangyea D/C JSS, near Half Assini, where he worked for one-year as a science tutor. Due to a strike action by university dons his batch of A-Level students had to compulsorily sit home for one year after their National Service before furthering their education. He however used that one-year to teach Elective Biology and Core Chemistry at Archbishop Porter Girls’ Secondary School.

He entered the University of Ghana in 1997 and completed in 2000 with a B.Sc. Agriculture (Hons), after which he had his second National Service at Mim Secondary School in the Brong Ahafo region from 2000 – 2001, where he taught Elective Chemistry and Core Science.

Mr. J. Baidoo-Williams also holds a Masters in Business Administration (Project Management) from Wisconsin International University College, Ghana. He has been trained in all the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) courses for financial analysts, has Level I of ACCA, and has many exposure trainings in the Far East and South East Asia.

After this Second National Service Mr. J. Baidoo-Williams went into full-time production of vegetables selling to hotels, restaurants and market women in Takoradi from 2001 – 2002. In 2003 he went to Saint Mary’s Boys Secondary School at Apowa, near Takoradi, where he taught agriculture. He however continued to produce his vegetables alongside the teaching until he had an appointment with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Accra in 2003, and therefore had to abandon his farming activities in the Western region.

In 2004 he was elevated to the position of the Head of the Tree Crops Development Unit, a position he held until 2011.

He has been the Coordinator of the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) and Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW)-funded Programme for the Promotion of Perennial Crops in Ghana from 2006 to 2013.

He has additionally been the Country Coordinator of the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC)-funded Enhancing Incomes of Rubber Smallholders in West and Central Africa Project from 2008 to 2013. This project is also being implemented in Cameroon and La Cote D’Ivoire.

He was appointed the Project Supervisor of a new Coconut Project (RESTOLIFE), which aims to restore the livelihood of coconut farmers affected by Lethal Yellow Disease, in January 2013.

He has been a member of the Technical Compliance Committee of the KfW-funded Outgrower and Value Chain Fund (OVCF) from 2011 to 2013.

In July 2013 he was honoured with a global credential as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute of USA, the world’s leading professional association for project managers.

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