A positive outcome has resulted from a month-long training programme put together by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) and the Agriculture Policy Support Project (APSP) of USAID.

 The Agreement was reached after staff of the Policy Unit of MOFA completed a month (April 18 to May 24, 2017) long training program in Project Planning, Policy Cycle and Policy Planning: Monitoring and Evaluation and Policy Analysis at ISSER. Speaking at the closing ceremony, the Director of ISSER, Prof Felix Asante, expressed satisfaction at the successful completion of the programme which he said was planned a year ago. He entreated the participants to make meaningful contribution in meeting the ministries objectives with the knowledge gained. The director assured the ministry of ISSER’s readiness to assist anytime they call on the institute for support.  

The Chief of Party of APSP, Mr. Walter Nunez-Rodriguez, was delighted about the training and thanked USAID for the support. He also commended MOFA for releasing the staff for that length of time and urged the trainees to think of ways of strengthening the relationship with ISSER. “Put ideas into context of engagement, there are lots of activities, supply the concepts and make yourselves available”, he remarked.

The USAID representative, Mr. Aloysius Adjetey who is the Acting Contract Officer Representative for the Project, expressed his gratitude to ISSER and was optimistic the training will impact positively on MOFA’s activities. He acknowledged MOFA for the partnership and USAID for their initiative. Mr. Adjetey disclosed that Ghana was a focus country for the US Government’s “Feed the Future” Programme that is aimed at strengthening the nation’s agriculture.

Speaking on behalf of the Chief Director of MOFA, Mr. Daniel Ohemeng-Boateng, Director of Policy Planning and Budget, commended APSP for the support and was also grateful to ISSER for training the staff. He added that this served as an opening for a stronger collaboration with ISSER.

On behalf of the participants’, the class prefect, Ms Amy Esi Boah acknowledged how the facilitators brought their rich experiences to bear. In thanking all for the opportunity, she admitted that the knowledge gained will be beneficial in carrying out their responsibilities.

In an earlier session, participants presented Policy Research Briefs they developed during the training. A total of 5 Policy Research Briefs on agricultural marketing was produced. The APSP Chief Party was pleased participants could produce the briefs within the short period.

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