Category: Research

Short Training Courses by CSIR-CRI, Ghana

The CSIR-Crops Research Institute, one of the 13 Institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research announces a series of short-term training courses which can be freely accessed through its website www.cropsresearch.org. The Institute’s mission is to develop and disseminate demand-driven technologies and build capacity for sustainable food and industrial crops productivity to enhance livelihoods. The Institute has highly… Read more →

Calls for Grants Q2-GhanaVeg

GhanaVeg has announced its new calls for grants for the Business Opportunities Fund (BO) and Research and Development Innovation Fund (R&D). The Calls are collectively aimed at supporting a sector-wide development of Ghana’s vegetable sector. The themes being considered under BO are Private Extension, Vegetable Value Chain Integration and Innovative Irrigation. These themes would be co-funded to a tune of… Read more →

Zika Virus (ZIKV)

Question: What is Zika? Answer: Zika is a virus spread to humans by Aedes mosquitoes, the same mosquitoes that spread dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever Symptoms About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus become ill (i.e., develop Zika). The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain… Read more →

Learning Note 2-Project Impact Measurement

One of the critical challenges with implementing impact-oriented projects is developing a matrix to evaluate project results and measuring impact. At Syecomp Ghana Ltd, we believe critical success factors in delivering results include stakeholder participation, active inclusion of direct project constituents, and activity/service continuity. In our implementation of the CTA-funded proof of concept project on Geospatial Technology and Agroclimatic Information Service… Read more →

Syecomp Farm GPS Data Capture Activities

Syecomp Ghana Ltd recently had had their project staff on the field capturing farm data from pineapple,mango and vegetable farmers in Volta and Eastern Region of Ghana. This is part of the company’s project activities in the deployment of Geospatial Technologies and Agroclimatic Information Services for Smallholder Farmers in Ghana-Proof of Concept phase. The project team deeply appreciate the continuous support… Read more →

Embarking on an Agribusiness Entrepreneurial Journey in Ghana? Explore these Value Chain Opportunities

I’ve received several requests from fellow young persons with regards which commodity value chains to explore in Ghana when deciding to embark on their agribusiness entrepreneurial journeys. In this post I’ve provided a brief overview of six value chains with potential for expansion, rural poverty reduction, and job creation. The brief covers cassava (gari), maize, irrigated maize, pineapple, sorghum, and… Read more →

Youth in Agriculture: for business, not for food

With the rising youth unemployment in Africa, young Ghanaians could find opportunities in the agricultural sector as entrepreneurs; but they lack the means and the space to do so. The perception of agriculture as a mere farming for food needs to change to viewing agriculture as viable businesses within its value chains. This was the outcome of a one day… Read more →

December 5: World Soil Day 2014

Soils have been neglected for too long. We fail to connect soil with our food, water, climate, biodiversity and life. We must invert this tendency and take up some preserving and restoring actions. The World Soil Day campaign aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness on their critical importance in our lives. Did You Know: Soil is the… Read more →

Agricultural Technologies can increase global crop yields

Increased demand for food due to population and income growth and the impacts of climate change on agriculture will ratchet up the pressure for increased and more sustainable agricultural production to feed the planet. A new report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) measures the impacts of agricultural innovation on farm productivity, prices, hunger, and trade flows as… Read more →

Agriculture in Ghana, Country Brief

From Ghana’s total land area of 23.9 million hectares, about 57% is suitable for agricultural purposes. Agriculture contribution to GDP over the years has shown a steady reduction from 35.4% in 2006 to 34.3 in 2007 and to 33.59% in 2008. The growth rate of the sector however doesn‘t show any clear trend. The growth rate reduced from 4.5% in… Read more →

Making Investments in African Agriculture-ONE Report, 2013

Sub-Saharan African agriculture could, and should, be thriving. According to the World Bank, the region has the right conditions to feed itself: enough fertile farmland, enough water and enough favourable climates. According to the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), the Africa Progress Panel and others, Africa has the potential not only to feed itself, but also to become a… Read more →

New intercropping technology for Ghanaian farmers

Ghanaian smallholder farmers can now access a technology which has the potential to arrest the declining soil fertility confronting them in food production. The Soil Research Institute (SRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has introduced a cassava-cowpea strip intercropping system to improve soil health for sustainable crop productivity. Several farming communities in the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo… Read more →