Mr. Sadat Salifu
Research Scientist


Degrees: M. Phil. (KNUST, Ghana) BSc Agriculture Technology (UDS)

Active Affiliations: Ghana Society for Animal Production (GSAP),
Ghana Science Association (GSA)


Research Interest
  • Reproduction and nutrition interactions.
  • Amelioration of environmental stressors on physiology and productivity of livestock.
  • Improving livestock productivity under resource-poor conditions.

  • Current Research
  • I am currently working with livestock farmers in northern Ghana under the USAID-funded Africa RISING project to deliver productivity-enhancing technologies (supplementary feed and health packages, improved feeding practices, etc.) to improve the performance of small ruminants and enhance the incomes and food security of farmers.

  • I have also begun conducting studies on how acute and chronic environmental stressors (heat, nutritional stress and pollutants) impact the physiology and reproductive performance of farmed livestock in the Guinea Savannah of northern Ghana. I hope to validate non-invasive methods of assessing stress in livestock as well as designing measures to alleviate the effect of these stressors.

  • Current Projects
  • Africa RISING project

    Mr. Sadat Salifu has a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Technology from the University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale, Ghana and a Master of Philosophy degree in Reproductive Physiology from KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana. He has 10 years’ experience in designing and implementing livestock research for development. He works with smallholder farmers to tap the full potential of their livestock experience and exposure through the adoption of simple productivity-enhancing technologies. He has worked with local and international partners and received funding for research from CIDA, DFAT and ILRI. Some of the projects he has worked on include the CIDA Small Ruminant project, the CIDA/FABS guinea fowl project, WAAPP guinea fowl project and the CIDA/MLGRD small ruminant breeding project. He is currently the contact person at CSIR-ARI for the implementation of the USAID-funded Africa RISING project which he is implementing in partnership with ILRI. Mr. Sadat Salifu has a background in reproductive physiology and his research focus is on how acute and chronic environmental stressors impact the physiology and reproductive performance of farmed livestock. His current research is in identifying non-invasive ways of assessing stress in livestock as well as designing measures to alleviate the effect of these stressors.


    Refereed Journal Papers
    1. Salifu, S., Osei, S. A., Hagan, B. A., Allegye-Cudjoe, E. and Avornyo, F. K. (2018). Assessing the age of puberty of Djallonke gimmers born in rainy or dry season using progesterone measurements. Livestock Research for Rural Development; 30(12)

    2. Salifu, S., Avornyo, F. K., Panyan, E. K. and Hagan, B. A. (2018). Influence of season of lambing on postpartum interval to ovarian activity in Djallonke ewes. International Journal of Livestock Research; 8(8): 50 – 61

    3. Hagan, B. A., Asiedu, P. Salifu, S., Konlan, S. P. (2016). The economic value of genetic improvement of the Ashanti black pig to the Ghanaian pig industry. Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa; 64(2): 243 – 254

    4. Avornyo, F. K., Salifu, S., Panyan, E. K., Al-Hassan, B. I., Ahiagbe, M. and Yeboah, F. (2016). Characteristics of guinea fowl production systems in northern Ghana. A baseline study of 20 districts in northern Ghana. Livestock Research for Rural Development; 28(8)

    5. Avornyo, F. K. Teye, G.A. Bukari, D.; Salifu, S. (2015). Contribution of donkeys to household food security: a case study in the Bawku Municipality of the Upper East Region of Ghana. Ghana Journal of Science, Technology and Development; 3(1): 15 – 24

    6. Avornyo, F. K., Salifu, S., Moomen, A. and Agbolosu, A. A. (2013): Effect of dietary protein on the performance of local guinea keets in the Northern Region of Ghana. In: Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences; 3(7): 585 - 591

    7. Adongo, R. Nkansah, D. O. Salifu, S. M. Adongo, Raymond (2012). Social and psychological aspects of communal hunting (pieli) among residents of Tamale Metropolis in the Northern Region of Ghana. Afri. J. Hosp Tour; 2(2): 1 – 15

    8. Avornyo, F. K., Aidoo, J. T., Weobong, C. and Salifu, S. (2010). Estimation of herbage yields of two Digitaria exilis (stapf) cultivars and preference of their hay by sheep. Ghanaian J. of Animal Science; 5(2): 17 - 23.

    Conference Papers
    1. Panyan, E. K., Karbo, N., Avornyo, F. K., Ayatunde, A., Tengan, K., Shaibu, M. T., Salifu, S., and Sulleyman, V. A. (2013). Effect of rainwater conservation and soil fertility improvement strategies on seed and biomass yields. (Abstract). In: Proceedings of the 18th Biennial Conference of the Ghana Society of Animal Production (GSAP) held at the Noguchi Memorial Conference Centre, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra. 24th—27th July 2013. (eds: Augustine Naazie, Frederick Yeboah Obese, Leonard Kofi Adjorlolo, Paul Wallace, Raphael Ayizanga, Kwame Owusu Amoah).
    2. Avornyo F. K., Karbo, N., Otchere, E. O., Panyan, E. K. and Salifu, S. (2012): Enhancing rural livelihoods and food security through improvement in small ruminant production and marketing in northern Ghana. (Abstract). Eds: Yaro M., Botchway V. A. and Affedzie-Obrese S. In: Proceedings of the 31st Ghana Animal Science Association (GASA) conference held at CSIR-Animal Research Institute, Accra, 23-24 August 2012. P18
    3. Avornyo, F. K., Teye, G. A., Bukari, D. and Salifu, S. (2010): The contribution of the Donkey to household food security: A survey in the Bawku Municipality of the Upper East region of Ghana. Proceedings of the 30th biennial conference of the Ghana Animal Science Association held at the Animal Research Institute, Accra 26-27th August.


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