The University of Cape Coast was established by an Act of Parliament in 1962. In furtherance to the objectives of the university, the government with financial assistance from UNESCO set up the School of Agriculture in 1975. In 1989, the School of Agriculture attained the status of a full Faculty within the administrative setup of the University of Cape Coast. The School of Agriculture at the University of Cape Coast stands out presently as a leader to help develop the agricultural potential, particularly of the Central and Western Regions of Ghana. The School has through its many graduates invariably had a tremendous multiplier effect throughout the country, placing itself in pole position as a center of excellence in Agricultural Education, Research and Extension. The School functions in its teaching, research, and extension activities through five departments and three specialized units. The Departments are Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Economics and Extension, Animal Science, Crop Science, and Soil Science. The Specialized Supporting Units are the Teaching and Research Farm, Technology Village, and Meat Processing Unit.

UCC has in place well laid-out structures, policies, processes, procedures, communication and authority channels, responsibilities, and financial and quality assurance mechanisms for managing its projects effectively and efficiently. DRIC is statutorily mandated to oversee and manage all research, consultancy, and extension activities of the University. The School of Agriculture conducts high-quality research and has rich experience in managing large projects and grants funded by the European Union (EU), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) of Ghana among others.