A Platform has been created to bring together researchers, agriculturists, economists, bio-scientists, biotechnologists, agricultural engineers, industry specialists, water management specialists, environmentalists, policy makers, politicians and students to discuss relevant research findings, share experiences and take advantage of novel knowledge for practical development outcomes.
This was made possible at the 1st Conference of the Ghana Association of Agricultural Economists (GAAE) held in Tamale under the theme “Sustainable Agricultural Production and Agribusiness Development for food and Jobs: Possibilities and Realities”.
In his declaration of purpose, the convener of the Conference, Rev. Prof. Saa Dittoh noted that Ghana is an agricultural country and will be for a long time to come. Against this background, it was incumbent upon agricultural economists to be at the helm of policy making and advice mainly because of their very good hybrid knowledge of agriculture, rural development and social science. “We may not want to be politicians but we definitely want our country, Ghana to develop so we have to find ways of making sure agricultural policies and programmes are well thought out, well analyzed and well executed.” He added.
In his welcome remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies, Prof. G. A. Teye stated that UDS was 25 years and that the activities lined up for the silver jubilee celebration would among other things promote research work, especially those that aim at assessing the impact of UDS on national development through higher education. He expressed optimism that participants and researchers would find partnering UDS very useful owing to the vast array of intellectual capacities and the valuable data gathered by students over the years as a result of the University’s unique training model –the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme (TTFPP).
In a speech read on his behalf, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto commended the GAAE for providing the forum to discuss a critical area of Ghanaian development, noting that without developing agribusiness, there will be no sustainability in agriculture nor can decent jobs be created.
He urged the Association and individual members to partner government in the formulation and implementation of policies, strategies and plans aimed at developing the agric sector for the over all development of Ghana.
Source: University Relations