I have been involved in research and development and facilitated training and multi-stakeholder concertations for over 25 years. Themes include farming systems research and development, integrated soil fertility management, agribusiness cluster mobilization, value chain development, and plant health issues.
I have used various community mobilization skills to help groups realize their challenges and form a common vision, identifying existing opportunities and threats and forming strategies to make them work to their advantage.
Having worked with the CSIR-Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) in Ghana, the International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC), and now with CABI, my areas of specialization include agronomy, facilitating agribusiness cluster formation, integrating farming systems to markets and creating platforms for farmers, researchers, extension staff and other entrepreneurs; developing phytosanitary systems to boost trade, influencing policy with evidence-based practice research, planning and reviewing performance monitoring systems of projects and programmes.
Other areas of interest include advocating for favourable institutional arrangements and policy guidelines to facilitate market-oriented agriculture, networking partners to promote agricultural intensification in Africa through the development and sharing of tools and information to facilitate increased productivity and access to markets and finance.
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.
Poultry farming is practised by almost all smallholder farmers in West Africa but feed and protein sources are becoming increasingly expensive here, affecting meat and egg production and reducing family income. Fish farmers suffer a similar problem. We are promoting the use of insects, which are a natural food source for poultry and fish, and endorsed by the FAO as a tool to alleviate poverty.
Start: 01/01/15 -End: 31/12/20
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