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Modernizing of Agriculture in Ghana (MAG)

INTRODUCTION

Applied agricultural research Institutions need strong collaboration with extension services to effectively respond to farmers’ identified problems. Furthermore, the extension services need the backstopping of strong applied agricultural research institutions to effectively serve the farming communities and other stakeholders. Unfortunately, weak linkages exist among, research and extension services in the country. To address this problem, MoFA and the CSIR, in 1994, established Research Extension Farmer Linkage Committees (RELCs) to serve as an interface between the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) and the National Agricultural Extension System (NAES). The objectives of the RELCs among others include ensuring that research activities, especially adaptive research respond to farmers’ constraints. These constraints are identified through the regional/district planning sessions as well as review of progress made by RELCs in solving farmers’ problems and efforts made to promote proven technologies and best practices.

The RELC has since its inception been at the forefront of demand-driven technology generation and dissemination by providing a platform for key stakeholders in the agriculture sector to address constraints emanating from farmers all over the country. However, one major constraint that has always undermined the operations of the RELCs has been insufficient funds to implement its activities and demand-driven research emanating from the RELCs and other sources. It further seeks to ensure that MoFA releases agreed funds regularly and on time for RELC activities to facilitate appropriate technology generation and dissemination for enhanced productivity.

The focus of this project is to produce technical bulletins and collaborate with MoFA to produce relevant extension materials for training and dissemination purposes, to address the constraints identified at the RELC regional meetings.

Its activities are also geared towards impact measurement and capacity building across the districts and regions of Ghana

MAG is Modernizing of Agriculture in Ghana Institutional support sponsored by the Canadian Embassy. The aim of the support is to transfer technologies developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to farmers through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) specifically the Department of Agricultural Extension.

As part of this objective, CSIR-Food Research Institute (CSIR-FRI) has been mandated to organize Training of Trainers workshops in collaboration with MOFA to address constraints identified in the regional planning sessions. The trainees are mostly Agriculture extension Agents, District Agriculture officers, SME's, and Farmers. CSIR-FRI also assists in the production of extension leaflets and manuals to address the identified constraints which are mostly postharvest losses of food commodities in Ghana.

 

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