I have worked extensively in rural communities with farmers and others involved in several crop value chains and have hands on experience working with rural farmers and extension workers. I have taken an active part in various Monitoring and Evaluation activities including using GIS/GPS equipment in the mapping of farms; trained farmers in good agricultural practice and certification standards, safe use of pastiches; supported farmer based organizations development management and have been instrumental in the provision, construction and installation of irrigation facilities and pack houses for a number of farmers and farmer based organizations.
Our centre in Ghana serves West Africa – a region made up of 15 states, and with a population of about 300 million. This is a region where agriculture is of huge importance. However there are significant challenges to effective trade in agricultural commodities in this region.
Pests can decimate crops and are estimated to cause around a 40% loss. These insects, mites and plant pathogens can impact on food security and impede supply chains and international trade. A Pest Risk Information SErvice (PRISE) aims to solve this problem by using data to help farmers manage pests in up to five countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Ghana’s vegetable sector has the potential to create 20,000 skilled jobs, and increase exports to the EU. But exports are hampered by quarantine pests. This project aims to improve the current system and develop a new organic supply chain by establishing an effective phytosanitary system, facilitating strategic alliances between importers and producers/ exporters, and investing in technical expertise to help producers and exporters meet quality standards.
Start: 01/05/15 -End: 31/05/19