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Ghana Agricultural News Digest – April 14, 2014.

2014 April 14
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Below are some current developments on Agriculture in Africa:

Agricultural Issues
SADA scandal: Don’t pass premature judgment – Minister
The Minister of State in-charge of Development Authorities at the Office of the President Dr Ahmed Mustapha says it is premature to pass judgement at officials of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA). The 2012 Auditor General’s report has revealed financial malfeasance involving top officials at SADA resulting in huge financial losses.Speaking on Point Blank on Eyewitness News, Dr. Mustapha described as “sad” for such allegations to be made against him and some other officials of SADA when management of the authority is “in the process of responding to a query that has come up of observations made by the audit team.” He urged the media and the general public to segregate the issues raised in the Auditor General’s report before passing judgement on SADA officials.

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Ghana Agricultural News Digest – April 7, 2014.

2014 April 7
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Below are some current developments on Agriculture in Africa:

Agricultural Issues
Genetically Modified Foods Pose No Risk
Dr. Margaret Ottah Atikpo, Deputy Director of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSRI) - Food Research Institute (FRI) on Friday reiterated that Genetically Modified (GM) foods posed no risk to lives. She stated GM foods were not harmful to human and animals as claimed by some anti GM activists and therefore called on farmers and the general public to disabuse their minds on such campaigns. Dr. Atikpo made the claim in a presentation on a topic Modern Agricultural Biotechnology… The workshop aimed at establishing and managing a range of platforms to enhance understanding of Biotechnology in agriculture for productivity was attended by 60 participants, including…

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IFPRI Launches 2013 Global Food Policy Report

2014 March 31
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IFPRI’s 2013 Global Food Policy Report examines major food policy developments, emerging issues,  key challenges and opportunities and reviews decisions of 2013.  It provides insights into successes as well as lessons learned to help advance policies which focus on food and nutrition security for the population most in need around the world.

The report also includes data for several key indicators related to food policy, including country-level data on hunger, agricultural research spending, and food policy research capacity. It also features illustrative figures, tables, and a timeline of food policy issues, actions, and events in 2013.  The full report can be found at ifpri.org/gfpr/2013. read more...

Ghana Agricultural News Digest – March 31, 2014.

2014 March 31
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Below are some current developments on Agriculture in Africa:

Policymakers to Meet in Kigali on Getting Nutritious Foods to People
More than 275 high-level stakeholders from government, business and civil society will converge in Kigali, Rwanda, on Monday March 31, for a three-day consultation on Getting Nutritious Foods to People. Nearly one in three people globally suffers from a lack of essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, zinc and iron in the diet, according to an International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) release made available to the Ghana News Agency. This condition, known as hidden hunger, increases the risk of stunting, anaemia, blindness, infectious diseases, and even death.

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GSSP’s Scholarship Program I: Datasets Available!

2014 March 28
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To strengthen capacities as well as better utilize research, GSSP initiated a program for supporting Master’s level thesis research in 2013. In addition to offering students resources and collaboration opportunities to build their research capabilities, the scholarship program aims to enhance the relevance of this body of research to improving the effectiveness of agricultural and rural development strategies in Ghana.  Thirty-five proposals addressing regional issues and priority crops were selected after a competitive selection process.  Out of which, 18 students collected their own primary data; the datasets of which are now available and can be found here!

Disclaimer: The datasets are NOT IFPRI datasets but rather independent datasets derived from Master level thesis research supported by GSSP.