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Ghana: New skills inspire farmers

August 12th, 2016 / Africa Renewal, US

Mr. Kankam-Boadu, who had benefitted from Marshal Papworth, a UK-based charity that provides agricultural and horticultural scholarships to students from developing countries, started by teaching farmers how to increase crop yields through the use of high-yielding and drought-tolerant crop varieties, and how to apply organic manure and inorganic fertilisers to …

Stakeholders review progress report on food security

August 8th, 2016 / Ghana News Agency

A stakeholders’ validation workshop has been held in Accra to discuss the Annual Report on the New Alliance Co-operative Framework Agreement that aim at improving food security and nutrition in Ghana. Participants are to assess progress on commitments of various stakeholders made up of government, development partners, civil society and …

Embrace biotech to boost agric production — Prof. Alhassan

August 1st, 2016 / Graphic Online, Ghana

The Director of Biotechnology and Stewardship for Sustainable Agriculture in West Africa (BSSA), Professor Walter Sandow Alhassan, has called on Ghanaians to embrace the use of biotechnology in agriculture production to ensure increased crop yields to secure the country’s food basket. See …

Reduce the use of herbicides in yam production, caution scientists

July 29th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow, Noah Nash reports from Ghana: A Yam breeder with the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI, Dr. Emmanuel Chambas has urged yam growers in the northern region to minimise the use of chemical in the production of yam set for the export market. See …

Ghana: Seven WACCI students graduate with PhDs in plant breeding

July 25th, 2016 / Ghana News Agency

The fight against food insecurity and malnutrition received a boost as seven students, from six African countries – Ghana,Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Niger graduated with PhDs in plant breeding from WACCI at the University of Ghana. Professor Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, Director of WACCI, said the Centre was optimistic …

Cover crops play key role in conservation agriculture in rice sector

July 25th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: The principal research scientist in charge of rice research and development at Savanna Agriculture Research Institute, Dr. Wilson Dogbe has revealed that choice of cover crop plays a key role in the adaption of conservation agriculture in the rice sector in lowland areas in Ghana’s …

US shitake-farmer volunteers work with oyster mushroom farmers in Ghana

July 15th, 2016 / AfricanBrains, Kenya

Under the auspices of USAID agency’s ACDI/VOCA Farmer-to-Farmer Program, Douglass and Dr. Sandra Williams of Lost Creek Mushroom Farm volunteered as mushroom experts in Ghana, West Africa. They trained mushroom farmers, set up a shiitake mushroom log production research project, and pursued plans for a spawn (mushroom seed material) laboratory …

Researchers discuss ways to boost agricultural extension

July 12th, 2016 / Graphic Online, Ghana

Researchers, academics and policy makers from West Africa have met in Accra to discuss ways to boost agricultural extension programmes in the sub-region. The meeting provided a platform for the participants to assess the role stakeholders play, as well as re-draw plans regarding ownership and sustainability of funds from the …

Scientist support for the adoption of GMOs

June 7th, 2016 / News Ghana

According to the scientists, Ghana must also consider mainstreaming biotechnology into its crop and animal improvement plans to guarantee sustainable food security for the populace. They cautioned that, “If in 10 years time we don’t invest in biotechnology we will face a lot of problems” in terms of food security. …

New programme to improve Ghana’s food safety and grow agricultural exports

June 3rd, 2016 / Modern Ghana

The International Executive Service Corps (IESC), a non-profit organisation, has been awarded a two-year program that will improve the quality of Ghanaian fruit and vegetables for export. The Improving Food Safety Systems Program, valued at US$2.8 million, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will draw on …