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Dr. Samuel Joe Acquah

PhD, MSc, BSc, Diploma in Lab Technology

Water Resources And Aquaculture Management



Publications / CONFERENCES:


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Dr. Samuel Joe Acquah is currently a full-time lecturer, researcher and academic advisor at University of Environment and Sustainable Development, (UESD), Somanya. Obtained Ph.D. from Jiangsu University (Zhenjiang, China) specializing in Agricultural Engineering with Water-Soil Engineering option. Before the PhD, I obtained a Masters in Soil Science from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). I graduated from University of Cape Coast (UCC) with B.Sc. (Chemistry and Physics), having obtained a Diploma in Laboratory Technology from the same institution. Completed certificate training course on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) for climate resilience.
My teaching focuses on graduate and undergraduate introduction to soil science and soil resources; introduction to environmental microbiology; water use in agriculture; irrigation and drainage; introduction to agricultural water resources management; and energy and water resources. As a multi-disciplinary researcher, I have expertise in soil science and integrated soil fertility management (ISFM), integrated water resources management (IWRM), greenhouse farming technology and agricultural engineering. My research interest focuses on: environmental soil science and environmental quality assessment, greenhouse agriculture and greenhouse microclimate management, agricultural water and soil resources management/ soil erosion and sediment transport, soil management and fertility and sustainable agriculture, climate change impact on hydrology and water resources, climate change, food security, livelihood and adaptation, and environment and natural resources management.
In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Acquah is also a laboratory technologist and consultant/analyst for soil, water, plant materials and fertilizer recommendation. Have supervised, facilitated and coordinated students’ project work in the laboratory at KNUST, UDS,UEW-Mampong, UNER, etc. Have worked with several organizations e.g. DANIDA, IITA, WAAPP, AGRA, ASNAPP, USAID, SAPEC, etc. I am keenly interested in championing improvement in soil governance as a way to safeguard agricultural productivity and food security through sustainable soil management and the resulting ecosystem services and development of the environment. My keen interest is to ultimately support research activities that strengthen the link between academia/science and farmer practices, aiming to educate farmers on soil science principles for practices of sustainable soil management. Experience in advocacy and lobbying on good agriculture practices and governance among urban agriculture stakeholders (Government line Agencies, NGOs, FBOs, Research Institutions and Universities). Over Two Hundred graduate laboratory projects have been completed under my supervision and facilitation in the last ten years.

1. Environmental soil science and environmental quality assessment
2. Greenhouse agriculture and greenhouse microclimate management
3. Agricultural water and soil resources management/ soil erosion and sediment transport
4. Soil – water conservation and management and site-specific soil management (Precision Farming)
5. Soil management and Integrated Soil Fertility Management
6. Sustainable agriculture
7. Climate-Smart Agriculture
8. Climate change impact on hydrology and water resources
9. Climate change in relation to agriculture and food security, livelihood and adaptation
10. Environment and natural resources management.”

1. Yan, H., Acquah, S.J., Zhang, J.Y., Zhang, C., Wang, G.Q., Darko, R.O. (2021). An overview of modelling techniques for the greenhouse microclimate environment and evapotranspiration. Int J Agric & Biol Eng, 2021; 14(6): 1-8. doi:10.25165/j.ijabe.20211406.3948.

2. Yan, H., Huang, S., Zhang, C., Gerrits, M.C., Wang, G., Zhang, J., Zhao, B., Acquah S.J., Wu, H., Fu, H. (2020). Parameterization and Application of Stanghellini Model for Estimating Greenhouse Cucumber Transpiration. Water, 2020, 12, 517. doi:10.3390/w12020517.

3. Zhang, J., Adu, D., Jiayin, M., Acquah, S.J., Asomani, S.N. (2020). Small hydropower using pump as turbine: an alternative for energy generation in Southern Africa. Research Communications, Current Science, Vol. 118, No. 3.

4. Yan, H., Acquah, S.J., Zhang, C., Huang, S., Zhang, H., Zhao, B., Wu, H. (2019). Energy partitioning of greenhouse cucumber based on the application of Penman-Monteith and Bulk Transfer models. Agricultural Water Management 217, 201-211.

5. Huang, S., Yan, H., Zhang, C., Wang, G., Acquah, S.J., Yu, J., Li, L.L, Ma, J., Darko, R.O. (2019). Modeling evapotranspiration for cucumber plants based on the Shuttleworth-Wallace model in a Venlo-type greenhouse. Agricultural Water Management 228 (2020) 105861.

6. Acquah, S.J. (2019). Study of greenhouse evapotranspiration and the response of crop yield and quality under different irrigation regimes. Ph.D. Thesis submitted to Research Center of Fluid Machinery Engineering and Technology, Jiangsu University, China. pp.175.

7. Acquah, S.J., Yan, H., Zhang, C., Wang, G., Zhao, B., Wu, H., Zhang, H. (2018). Application and evaluation of Stanghellini model in the determination of crop evapotranspiration in a naturally ventilated greenhouse. Int J Agric & Biol Eng, 2018; 11(6):95-103. doi: 10.25165/j.ijabe.20181106.3972.

8. Yan, H., Zhang, C., Gerrits, M.C., Acquah S.J., Zhang, H., Wu, H., Zhao, B. (2018): Parameterization of aerodynamic and canopy resistances for modeling evapotranspiration of greenhouse cucumber. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 262, 370–378. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.07.020.

9. Yan, H., Zhao, B., Zhang, C., Huang, S., Fu, H., Jianjun, Y., Acquah, S.J. (2019). Estimating cucumber plants transpiration by Penman-Monteith model in Venlo-type greenhouse. Transactions of the Chinese Society of Agricultural Engineering, 35 (8): 149-157. doi:10.11975/j.issn.1002-6819.2019.08.018.

10. Fraikue, F.B., Prasanna Kumar, P.J., Amenumey, E.K., Acquah, S.J. (2019). Unveiling the potential nutrients present in fresh and dried Makuea Poo-Ung. African Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 1(1), 67–78.

11. Zhang, C., Zhang, H., Yan, H., Acquah, S.J., Deke, X. (2018). Effects of micro-sprinkler irrigation combined with drip irrigation on greenhouse high temperature environment and crop growth physiological characteristics. Transactions of the Chinese Society of Agricultural Engineering, 34 (20): 83-89. doi:10.11975/j.issn.1002-6819.2018.20.011.

12. Zhao, B., Yan, H., Zhang, C., Acquah, S.J., Wu, H., Zhang, H. (2018). Comparison of Different Methods for Calculating the Reference Crop Evapotranspiration in a Venlo-type Greenhouse. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage. Vol 37, No.7: 61-66. doi:10.13522/j.cnki.ggps.2017.0507.

13. Yan, H., Wu, H., Zhang, C., Acquah, S.J., Zhao, B., Huang, S. (2018). Estimation of evapotranspiration of different season’s cucumber in greenhouse based on Modified Dual Crop Coefficient model. Transactions of the Chinese Society of Agricultural Engineering. 34(15): 117-125. doi:10.11975/j.issn.1002-6819.2018.15.015.

14. Acquah, S.J., Bonsu, M., Tuffour, H.O., Abubakari, A. (2015). Monitoring emissions of nitrous oxide from different nitrogen-based fertilizers. Applied Research Journal 2015, Vol. 1, Issue 5: 301-306.

15. Adams, S., Amfo-Otu, R., Acquah, S.J., Nketiah, K.A., Asamoah, E.E., Adjei, O. (2015). Assessment of heavy metal contamination in soils around auto mechanic workshop clusters in Central Agricultural Station, Kumasi, Ghana. Applied Research Journal 2015, Vol 1, Issue 2: 12-19.

16. Larbie, C., Acquah, S.J., Van-Ess, J., Ephraim, E., Mak-Mensah (2014). Heavy metals contamination of Cabbage Sections from different farms in Ghana. Scholars Research Library: Annals of Biological Research, 2014, 5 (8): 18-23.

17. Acquah, S.J. (2012). A Study of Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Application of Mineral and Organic Nitrogenous Fertilizer Sources. M.Sc. Thesis submitted to Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, KNUST, Ghana.pp.122.

18. Antwi, C., Osafo, E.L.K., Ansah, O.K., Fisher, D.S., Mensah, N-E., Acquah, S.J., Yacout, H.M. (2009). Composting feed refusals of cowpea haulm and maize stover with goat manure. ANA World Conference on Animal Nutrition, NASC Complex, New Delhi, India. pp 2.

1. CAPNET CCA Virtual Course on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) for Climate Resilience. September 23-November 15, 2023.

2. SDG Workshop to Evaluate Ghana’s Progress in the Implementation of IWRM. Water Resources Commission, Accra, Ghana. 11th September, 2023.

3. National Youth Conference on Climate Action and Environmental Sustainability. Theme: Green Skills for Youth: Towards A Sustainable World. UESD, Somanya. 17th August 2023.

4. 2023 Sustainable Development Conference: Circular Economy Transition for Accelerated Green Job Opportunities- FES-UESD Stakeholder Engagement. Volta Serene Hotel, Ho. 19th–22nd July, 2023.

5. 2nd Sustainable Development Conference. Theme: Towards the Environment and Sustainable Development Financing in the Wave of Covid-19: The Role of Stakeholders, UESD, Somanya. 25th – 27th August 2022.

6. 2022 Sustainable Development Stakeholders Conference. FES-UESD Discussion on: AfCFTA as an Enabler of Green Jobs Creation in Ghana. Volta Serene Hotel, Ho. 10th-13th August, 2022.

7. 8th Sino-Foreign Postgraduate Academic Forum of Jiangsu University. December 5 2018.

8. 10th Academic Symposium of Agricultural Soil-Water Engineering of Chinese Society of Agricultural Engineering (CSAE10), Zhenjiang, China, August 16-18, 2018.

9. E-Agriculture Solutions Forum 2018, Nanjing, China. November 15-17, 2018.

10. 3rd International Forum on Fluid Machinery and Engineering, UJS-Ebara Summit 2018, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China. November 21, 2018.

11. Jiangsu Huayuan Water-Saving Irrigation Workshop, Suzhou, China. August 6-7, 2018.

12. China Jiangsu Modern Agricultural Science & Technology Conference: International
High-Level Forum for Modern Agricultural Equipment & Technology Development. Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China. November 28-30, 2017.

13. 14th Asian International Conference on Fluid Machinery: Annual Academic Conference of Chinese Society of Engineering Thermophysics on Aerodynamics and Fluid Machinery. Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China. November 10-13, 2017.

14. 7th Sino-Foreign Postgraduate Academic Forum. Theme: The role of irrigation in agriculture production. Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China. November 15-30, 2017.

15. International Conference on Agricultural Mechanization organized by Society of Agricultural Mechanization, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China. Theme: Food sustainability and security through irrigation technologies, May 24-25, 2017.

16. 6th Sino-Foreign Postgraduate Academic Forum. Theme: Innovative irrigation water management for sustainable food security: Solar pumping for irrigation. Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China. November 11-29, 2016.

17. International Symposium of Cavitation and Multiphase Flow (ISCM, 2016), Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China. October 22-25, 2016.

18. Feed the Future USAID Agriculture Technology Transfer Project. Facilitator for In-House Training on Soil Sampling and Analysis, Interpretation of results and Fertilizer Recommendations, Tamale. May 2016.

1. 2021-To date: University of Environment and Sustainable Development- Lecturer. Teaching, Research, Community Service,
2. Development of Academic programmes, Students Academic Advisor, Supervision of Students Research.
3. 2019 – 2021: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)- Principal Laboratory Technologist.
4. 2016 – 2019: Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China. PhD Research Fellow.
5. 20013-2016: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)- Principal Laboratory Technologist.
6. 2007-2012: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)- Senior Laboratory Technologist.
7. Apr – Aug 2016: Kumasi Technical University (KsTU). Part-Time Lecturer.
8. 2004-2007: Eguafo-Abrem SHS, Eguafo, KEEA District. Principal Laboratory Technologist.
9. 2001-2004: Komenda Sec. Tech. Sch., Komenda, KEEA District. Tutor/Lab. Technologist.
10. 1997-2000: Goldfields Ghana Ltd (Tarkwa Mine). Assayer/Laboratory Supervisor.”

1. Facilitated Donation of Weather Station Equipment to UESD By HPW Fresh and Dry Limited June 2022.
2. Jiangsu University Research Centre of Fluid Machinery Engineering and Technology Scholarship for Overseas Graduate Students (First Level) -September 2016- June 2019