The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, (MoFA) to build the capacity of the Policy Unit of the Ministry.

 USAID’s Agriculture Policy Support Project (APSP) will be supporting the capacity building programme which will run for six months.

Speaking at the signing ceremony held at the APSP office in Accra, the Director of ISSER, Prof. Felix Ankomah Asante, expressed the readiness of ISSER to undertake the training programme and urged the trainees to engage the Institute on any issue regarding the training so they can receive the best for better outcomes.

He said it was worthy of note that a donor would accept to use local expertise to conduct the training of local personnel and hoped that such a gesture would be emulated by other donors.

Prof Asante advised the would-be trainees to make do with whatever funding the Ministry would offer and participate in the planned training in order to make an impact on policy direction, using quality evidence-based data.

Giving context to the occasion, Mr. Walter Nunez-Rodriguez, Chief of Party APSP, described it as a milestone since they set out to have a strong policy unit with staff duly trained and capable to give advice on policy.

He impressed on the leadership of MoFA to identify drivers who will sustain the quality of work to be delivered by those who will undergo the training.

Mr. Nunez-Rodriguez revealed that after considering various institutions, they settled on ISSER as the institution capable of giving them the right results.

The Head of the Policy Unit at MoFA, Dr. Dorothy Effah expressed gratitude to ISSER for accepting to undertake the training programme and assured that nominees to undergo training would not be burdened with work assignments, during the training period.

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