The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Dr Kwaku Afriyie, has called for innovative approach to farming and agriculture in general to help increase food production and address the glaring food insecurity in West Africa.
Dr Afriyie said closer collaboration between public and private sector, especially among academia and research institutions was critical to creating an environment that nurtures innovation and empowers farmers for agricultural excellence.
He noted that ensuring food security in the entire sub region, including Ghana remained a major challenge that required urgent attention and concerted efforts by all.
He said fostering partnerships, sharing knowledge, and facilitating the transfer of technology were key to ensuring that farmers have access to tools and techniques they need to thrive.
“The role of science and technology in advancing agricultural production cannot be overemphasised. We must harness the power of scientific advancements to enable our farmers to produce more, lose less, improve productivity and enhance livelihoods”, he noted.
34th CORAF meeting
Dr Afriyie made the call at the 34th ordinary session of the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF) Board of Directors meeting hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Ghana last Tuesday in Accra.
The event brought together academia, researchers, policy makers and private institutions across Africa to discuss matters surrounding the science, technology and innovation in agriculture.
Adopting tech advancement
He mentioned that CORAF was playing a key role in the areas of agricultural research and development in the sub-region where it has always shown greater leadership by supporting member countries.
Investing in innovation
In a speech read on his behalf, the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Bryan Acheampong, commended CORAF for its significant role played in the agricultural sector in the West Africa sub region.