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Ghana Agricultural News Digest – May 31, 2016

2016 May 31
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by Gladys Baaba Arhin

Below are some current developments on agriculture in Africa:

Media Reports
US$113m Agric Project Launched
A US$113million Ghana Sector Investment Programme (GASIP) to promote and scale-up agricultural value chains in the country has been launched in Tamale. The six-year project funded by the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) - a United Nations Food Agency - and implemented by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) is aimed at supporting infrastructure development, technology transfer, conservation farming and research to ensure the production of quality food crops to meet demands of the market. It is also geared toward providing a framework and institutional basis for a long-term engagement and supplementary financing for scaling-up investment in private sector-led pro-poor agricultural value chain development, as well as linking up smallholder farmers to agribusinesses to enhance growth.  It is expected that GASIP will help contribute to the realisation of Ghana’s medium-term agricultural sector investment (METASIP) and help about 12,000 rural households, particularly women and young people, to improve their economic activities and livelihoods …

AYNAT Encourages Youth to Venture into Agric
The African Youth Network for Agricultural Transformation (AYNAT) has held a youth policy dialogue aimed at encouraging the youth to see agriculture as a life-long occupation. The forum brought together more than 70 participants to empower them to go into agribusiness, and was on the theme ‘Implementing Ghana’s Youth Policy on Agriculture, defining a Pragmatic Approach’. It was organised with financial support from the Africa Lead of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). AYNAT is a network made up of young people trained by Africa Lead II at its champions for change leadership in agriculture workshop. It is devoted to ensuring that a proportion of the African population arms itself with skills and knowledge to make significant contributions and champion the transformation of Ghanaian and African agriculture, through capacity building, policy advocacy and research. Dr. Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan, a Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, speaking at the event explained that agriculture is the most important instrument for government and has the greatest potential for solving youth unemployment …


Ghana Agricultural News Digest – May 17, 2016

2016 May 17
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by Gladys Baaba Arhin

Below are some current developments on agriculture in Africa:

 Africa Lead Trains Students to Champion Agricultural Transformation
A US support capacity building programme, Africa Lead, has organised leadership course for students from Ashesi University to champion new solutions for aggressive agricultural transformation to guarantee food security and improved livelihoods. The session sought to inspire, energise and mobilise innovative leaders, champions and thinkers in Ghana and Africa who are committed to create new approaches to attaining food security with the youth at the forefront of the change process. Around 40 students received the week-long training done within the new economic partnership for African development framework - Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme. The partnership, requires African countries [leaders] to allocate 10 per cent of their annual budgets to support agriculture and raise food production. Ms. Carla Denizard, Regional Director of West and Central Africa Lead, said champions for change is one of the nine different networks created, including women groups to lead vigorous …

Government Signs Agreement with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
Ghana has signed an agreement with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), a non-profit research organisation, to provide legal status to the Institute’s operations in the country. The agreement, in line with the country's laws, provides key reliefs, including exemptions for communication and transportation controls. Dr Tia Alfred Sugri, Deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, said the establishment of IITA West Africa Hub in the country will benefit the tourism sector as officials of IITA will be drawn from various countries to access research facilities. It will as well benefit farmers through individual and institutional capacity enhancement in science and technology, improved farm productivity and profitability. Dr Sugri said IITA’s presence would involve more Ghanaian researchers, extension agents, technicians, farmers, traders and other value chain actors to work together and enhance development ...


Ghana Agricultural News Digest – April 25, 2016

2016 April 25
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by Gladys Baaba Arhin

Below are some current developments on agriculture in Africa:

Harvesting Cassava in a Minute with TEK Mechanical Harvester
The pain and energy together with lots of time spent in harvesting cassava manually will soon be solved. This is because, a device developed by an agricultural engineer at the Agricultural Engineering Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) offers the solution to take away long time and labour that are associated with the process involved in manually harvesting the tuber crop. The device, called TEK Mechanical Cassava Harvester, simply assists farmers in harvesting roots and tuber crops in Ghana and sub Saharan Africa. Locally produced at the KNUST, led by Prof Emmanuel Bobobee, the TEK mechanical cassava harvester is an innovative device developed to commercialise large scale cassava production in Ghana and sub Saharan Africa. It is a tractor drawn device which must be attached to a tractor (at the back) to function. This innovative comes at a point in time when there is low level of engineering technology inputs into agriculture which is hindering modernization of agriculture and food production in Ghana and rests of Africa…

Government Calls for Stakeholders’ Meeting on Water
A Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Jonny Osei Kofi, has called for an emergency stakeholders’ meeting to address the water stress in the country resulting from the massive pollution of the country’s water bodies. “We should be able to call for a stakeholders’ meeting. I wouldn’t want the meeting to take place anywhere but the Flagstaff House, so that it does not appear as if it is one ministry’s problem or another because it is a national problem,” he said. Mr. Osei Kofi, who was speaking to research scientists at a Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) symposium on the state of Ghana’s water bodies, tasked the leadership of the research institution to arrange a meeting of stakeholders in the water sector at the Presidency in about 14 days to chart a way forward in the water sector…


GSSP Publications 2015-2016

2016 March 8
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by Gladys Baaba Arhin

Towards a Sustainable Soil Fertility Strategy in Ghana

Other Publications/Journal Articles

2016 March 8
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by Gladys Baaba Arhin


Other Publications /Journal Articles

Animal Traction – Potential and Constraints

 Understanding Food Policy Change in Ghana

 Strengthening Capacity for Agribusiness Development and Management in Sub-Saharan Africa