An inception meeting to discuss AGRA Baseline Studies 2016 for Ghana, Burkina Faso and Mali was held on Wednesday, 27th July 2016 at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, ISSER, Conference Room.

 

Welcoming the delegates, Prof Felix Asante, Director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, ISSER, expressed his appreciation to AGRA for convening the meeting and once again hosting it at ISSER.

He specially welcomed delegates from the two countries and hoped their deliberations would be fruitful.   

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Prof. Felix Asante, seated far right, kick-starts the meeting with a welcome address 

 In his opening remarks, Dr. David Ameyaw, Head, Strategy M&E AGRA noted that the lead role by ISSER to work together with Burkina Faso and Mali on the Baseline studies was the type of collaboration needed in Africa.

“ISSER has the capability and experience to lead such data collection to establish 5 years baseline AGRA strategy. Indeed, we believe that with ISSER leadership, West Africa will be able to collect data to shape policy”, he emphasized.

Touching on why the baseline survey, Mr. Seth Abu-Bonsrah of AGRA W/A, said it was to establish a reference point for tracking progress, validating targets and gathering more information that will inform implementation of the anticipated support.  

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Meeting in progress; Prof. Robert D. Osei, second left, contributing to the discussion on the floor. Seated first right is Dr. Ameyaw, Head, Strategy M&E AGRA

AGRA is seeking to transform agriculture from low-yield subsistence to a business that thrives, riding on its slogan “Growing Africa’s Agriculture”.

Briefing the conference of the AGRA Strategy, Mr. Fadel Ndiame, Regional Head, West Africa, disclosed that his outfit was in the process of implementing a fully integrated set of activities to catalyze and sustain an agricultural transformation across 11 countries in Africa.  

The eleven countries come under two groups- ‘Catalysing’ and ‘Sustaining’. Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Mozambique are in the first category while Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi and Rwanda are in the second.

For countries in the first group, AGRA and partners will support in the area of supply and development of input markets, increase fertilizer supply and offer integrated soil fertility management approaches.

Other areas of support arestrengthening agro-dealers and farmer organizations,increase farmer awareness and adoption of high-yield solutions with integrated demonstration kits and post-harvest management and market access

AGRA will also assist in developing markets, post-harvest loss management and link farmers to finance.

For countries under ‘Sustaining’ category, AGRA will unlock the value of private and public investment.

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Mr. Zontag, (seated fourth right) co- founder of Milan Innovincy explaining the training procedure

The meeting had two training sessions; training of Burkina Faso and Mali delegates on the first day while training of the Ghana delegation took place the next day. It was done by Mr. Uziel Zontag co-founder and Mr. Tal both of Milan Innovincy based in The Netherlands.  

In his closing remarks, Prof. Robert Osei thanked the AGRA Team for the support noting that the interaction has made all richer in knowledge.

He particularly thanked delegates from Burkina Faso and Mali for enduring the 10 hectic days of work.