The Department of Climate Change and Food Security, of the Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication Sciences, Nyankpala Campus, UDS, in partnership with the USAID’s Africa Lead II Project, has held a workshop to train Stakeholders for an Africa-Led agricultural transformation in Ghana and West Africa. Participants who were drawn from Academia, Non-Governmental organizations and research institutions were equipped with leadership skills to champion the cause of increased innovation in agriculture, greater agricultural productivity and greater food security. Additionally, participants as part of a larger network and within their organizations would in turn create the critical mass required to transform key policies and practices thus breaking the cycle of weak investment, low input, low output, and poor food security status for many Africans.

In a speech, Mrs. Cecilia Addae, the Training and Non-state Actors Manager of Africa Lead, noted that the Africa Lead was the USAID’S primary capacity building programme in Sub- Saharan Africa that works to help realize feed the future (FTF) goals of reduced hunger and poverty and support CAADP/ Malabo goals by building the capacity of Africa agriculture professionals, institutions and stakeholders to develop, lead and manage the structures needed for agriculture transformation.

For his part, the Guest of Honour and Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies, Prof. G.A. Teye called for a cultural revolution against the backdrop of over–reliance on imports which threatened agricultural production and food security. Other speakers included the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof. Seidu Al-hassan, the Director of the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme, Dr. Francis Obeng, the Head of the Department of Climate Change and Food Security Dr. Joseph Amikuzunu and the Team Leader Dr. Raymond Kasei.

Also present were Mr. Henry Crentsil Jnr., Dr. Yaw Osei Asare and Mr. Henry Jackson Nsiah, all of whom took turns to facilitate the training sessions.

Source: University Relations Section