Ghana’s Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Honorable Mahama Ayariga, formerly launched the ProIntensAfrica program in the country’s capital, Accra on the 23rd April 2015.
The ProIntensAfrica is a partnership initiative between Africa and Europe on the issues of sustainable intensification of Agriculture. The project currently involves 23 research and development organization, 15 are drawn from Europe and eight from Africa. The ProIntensAfrica is a forerunner project that is supported by the European commission to help form the initial partnership and develop a fundable proposal for a long term initiative on Agricultural intensification tagged IntenseAfrica.
The ProIntensAfrica Kickoff workshop covered three days between the 21-24th of April 2015 and was chaired by the Executive Director of FARA, Dr Yemi Akinbamijo and was attended by directors of research institutions and high level experts in the agriculture from Africa and Europe.
The launch by the Minister marks the official kick-off of ProIntensAfrica, which aims at using agricultural intensification to achieve food sustainability and quality in Africa and Europe.
The Honorable Minister in his speech stated that ProIntensAfrica was a laudable initiative that will help address some of the challenges facing the agricultural sector in Africa.
He assured FARA and other stakeholders of the Ghanaian Government’s commitment to making the project a success and further thanked the European Union (EU) committing resources and expertise to the program. The honorable Minister further appealed to the research community in the agricultural sector to make their research findings available to farmers and other stakeholders, who will need them to improve their work and livelihoods.
The Director General of Agriculture at the European Union (EU) Mr. Marc Donponcel, said the EU is committed to partnering with the stakeholders of ProIntensAfrica to make it a success. He expressed the commitment of the EC to the program in more engaging manner. He said that instead of just committing funds to the program and expecting the outcomes, the EU has decided to participate in the entire work plan so as to be part of the process from the beginning to the end. He assured participants of the EU’s support and pointed out that the Union is confident that the ProIntensAfrica will ultimately benefit Africa and Europe.
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