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100 multipurpose crop planters for women smallholder farmers

June 23rd, 2015 / YouTube

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: the introduction of the multi-purpose crop planter seeks to address the inefficiencies in production, as well as cost of labour challenges among women smallholder farmers. USAID Ghana through the Agriculture Technology Transfer project has presented 100 multi-purpose crop planters to women smallholder farmers in the …

Helping Ghanaian farmers – the Vodafone Farmers Club

June 14th, 2015 / Biztech Africa

Through the launch of its Farmers Club, Vodaphone Ghana is continuing its efforts to develop technology that helps farmers and transforms lives. Ghanaian farmers can now receive relevant crop and location-specific information in their own language through a bespoke SIM card.  Read …

GhanaVeg to train specialist private extension officers

June 9th, 2015 / YouTube

A video report from B4FA Fellow Noah Nash. The Senior Business Advisor and the Deputy Programs Leader for GhanaVeg, Madam Sheila Assebey-Yeboah said there is need to promote and train specialist private extension officers for the vegetable sector to support farmers with best agronomic practices so that the vegetable …

Ghana: technical experts and trainers of women in the yam value chain wanted

June 5th, 2015 / International Trade Centre, Switzerland

The International Trade Centre is looking for interested vendors to provide technical expertise and training to assist ITC to undertake the following activities in the cluster of farmers selected in Ghana:
• Build the capacity of local extension services to provide support to farmers at the community level;
• Gather data, undertake …

Ghana: financial support for women farmers can make the difference

June 1st, 2015 / Graphic Online, Ghana

In Ghana, the role of women in agriculture cannot be underestimated as they constitute more than half the agricultural labour force, 95 per cent of those involved in agro-processing, 85 per cent of those in food distribution and produce 70 per cent of the country’s food requirements. Yet, seemingly, …

Soil is foundation for food and nutrition security

May 29th, 2015 / Modern Ghana

B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh reports: Soil is the foundation for food and nutrition security, sustainable development and climate change adaptation and mitigation, says Mr. Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa. Read …

UG signs $2.9m agreement to improve agriculture research

May 21st, 2015 / Ghana Broadcasting Corporation

Agriculture experts at the University of Ghana say the country will encounter challenges with food security by 2050 if new food security crops are not developed. To prevent this danger, the College of Basic and Applied Sciences and the School of Agriculture sought a $2.9m assistance to facilitate research into …

Ghana: System Rice intensification Project launched in the Northern Region 15

May 7th, 2015 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: The Savannah Agricultural Research Institute, SARI has introduced a System Rice Intensification project to smallholder farmers in the northern region to improve rice yield in the various rice zones in the country. The initiative is also an attempt to ensure that the country meets its …

Scientists and farmers recognise need for biotech in Ghana

March 27th, 2015 / Crop Biotech Update

The President of the Ghana National Association of Farmers and Fishermen, John Awuku said that farmers, especially small holder farmers, have recognized the important role that improved seeds and fertilizers play in increasing yield and income. He noted that Ghana needs a vigorous education campaign on GMO, plant breeding …

Will Africa follow Europe’s lead? An interview with Prof. Jim Dunwell

February 10th, 2014

1)      You’ve written recently about European countries’ varied attitudes towards GM crops – why do you think this has been such a contentious issue in Europe?
I think the main reason for this has been the inability to reach a political consensus between the many and varied countries within the European Union …