On 14 March, Biosciences for Farming in Africa (B4FA) launched its new book of essays, Insights – Africa’s future … can biosciences contribute? at the Ghana International Press Centre.
B4FA welcomed several discussants, including the Hon. Dr. A.Y. Alhassan, the Chair of the Ghanaian Parliament Agriculture Committee, Prof. Josephine Nketsia-Tabiri, and Mr. Philip Abayori, President of the National Farmers and Fishermen Award Winners Association (NFFAWAG), who were introduced by Dr. Bernie Jones, B4FA Media Programme Director.
Hon. Dr. Alhassan reflected upon his work to prioritise science in the Ghanaian Parliament Agriculture Committee, while Prof. Josephine Nketsa-Tabiri called for the establishment of an agricultural university in Ghana to encourage young people to pursue careers in the agricultural sciences. Mr. Abayori underscored that Ghana’s farmers are eager for scientific innovation and urged Hon. Dr. Alhassan to continue his efforts in the Parliament.
During the question and answer period, the audience engaged the discussants in a debate about the degree of support for bioscience and agriculture in Ghana, including exchanges about increasing coordination between farmers, scientists and decision-makers and calls for more information about agricultural innovation to farmers and the general public.
Participants and attendees all received copies of Insights – Africa’s future … can biosciences contribute? If you would like to receive a copy, please click here.