IWMI Seminar: Agricultural Water Management for Attainment of SDGs in Ghana

Q&A session with Dr Olufunke Cofie

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in collaboration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) organized a one day Seminar and Book launch on “Agricultural Water Management for Attainment of SDGs in Ghana” on September 20, 2017. The event took place at the STEPRI building of the CSIR in Accra.

Olufunke Cofie, Marloes Muls and Philip Amoah made presentations on areas such as agriculture water management for attainment of SDGs in Ghana, Key considerations in dam management for enhanced water and food security, and transforming waste to food: Towards a circular economy, respectively.

In attendance was the Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, Hon. Sugri Banbangi, Heads of agricultural and research institutions, donor and private partners, as well as government representatives.

A panel discussion on ways to manage water, access funding for agriculture, improve agriculture production was held. The panelist in their discussion, indicated the need for collaborative efforts between the government, donor agencies and research partners in solving water and agricultural problems in Ghana.

Speaking on the new Book, the Director of IWMI Africa, Dr. Tim Williams hinted that the book contained science based evidence that can be adopted to improve farming while sustaining hydro power supply.

He further stated that, “Though Ghana and Burkina-Faso are the two main countries in the Volta Basin, we also have other countries like Benin, Togo, Cote d’ivoire and Mali that also share the water resources. There is therefore the need for collective governance. There will be general loss to everyone if individual countries decide to put in measures without considering what would happen in other countries”.

Hon. Sugri Banbangi thanked the researchers for their tireless efforts towards the publishing of the book entitled, “The Volta River Basin: WATER FOR FOOD, ECONOMIC GROWTH AND ENVIRONMENT”

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Editor’s Note: SDGs means Sustainable Development Goals; STEPRI means Science and Technology Policy Research Institute. This AgNews article will be updated with a link to access the publication soon.

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