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Research Institutions To Implement Policies To Improve Food Sustainability In Ghana

A policy symposium to discuss the importance of research institutions and their contributions to the agricultural sector has taken place in Accra.

 


The symposium aimed to strengthen research uptake capacity and participation in the international development research system.


It was also intended to address the accessibility and the utilization of locally relevant research evidence to inform sub-Saharan and global development policy and practice.


In addition, the symposium aimed to address the challenges in information dissemination from the district to the national level.


It was organised by   the Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSAH) in collaboration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) and the University of Ghana’s Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER).


The theme for the symposium was ‘Decentralization of MOFA: Constraints and Opportunities for Sustainable Food Production.’


In an address, Hon. Fifi Kwetey, Minister for Food and Agricultural, (MoFA) said the mission of the Ministry was to promote sustainable agriculture and a thriving agribusiness through research and technology development, effective extension and other support services to farmers, processors and traders for improved livelihood.


Hon. Kwetey added that the Ministry was embarking on programmes and activities to achieve the policy thrust of the Food and Agriculture Sector Development Policy (FASDEP II) in the areas of food security and emergency preparedness, sustainable and agriculture development and improved institutional coordination.


He explained that with the promulgation of Legislative Instrument 1960 (Creation of Departments and Districts Assemblies), the Regional Agricultural Development Units (RADUs) and District Agricultural Development Units (DADUs) had administratively become Regional and District Departments of Agriculture under the Local Government Service.


In a presentation, Dr. Eric Oduro Osae, Dean of students, Institute of Local Government Studies, stated that food security was key to development.


Dr Osae, therefore, urged the heads of and agricultural departments in the districts to attend meetings and workshops to enable them convey the right reports to farmers at the grassroots level and to educate famers with adequate skills  to improve productivity.


Source: ISD (Aliyah Bayali)

 

Created: 02 October 2014
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