The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, ISSER, University of Ghana, has commenced a three-week training programme for 20 senior officials drawn from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, MoFA.
It is under the auspices of USAID and the Agricultural Policy Support Project (APSP). USAID’s involvement in the training programme emanates from the US Government’s fight against global hunger and food security initiative while the APSP is USAID’s policy project tasked to produce evidenced-based research to support the development of policies to facilitate the growth of Ghana’s Agricultural sector.
The training programme started on Tuesday, 18th April through to 21st April and from 2nd May to 6th May and the last lap from 15th May to 24th May, 2017.
At a brief ceremony to kick-start the training programme, the Acting Director of ISSER, Prof Robert Darko Osei noted the significant collaboration between ISSER and USAID and was optimistic about its future growth.
On her part, Jenna Tajchman from USAID observed that the US flagship agenda: Feed the Future fits in well with the APSP and the training programme underway. She was hopeful such programme and others would equip Ghanaians sufficiently to work independently.
Chief of Party of APSP Mr. Walter Nunez-Rodriguez said he was excited about the training programme and thanked the USAID for the support.
Courses being taught are broadly spelt out as Project Planning, Policy Cycle and Policy Planning.
Expressing their expectations just before the training began, the participants said they were hoping to acquire practical knowledge, learn more about planning and broaden their knowledge about project planning/policy analysis.
The coordinator of the training programme is Dr. Martha Awo while lecturers are Prof. George Owusu, Dr. Aba Crenstil, Dr. George Botchie, Dr. Fred Dzanku, Dr. Freda Asem and Dr. Ernest Appiah. Facilitators are Ms. Francisca Kakra Forson and Mr. Kwasi Nantwi.