Farmers, processors introduced to value-added crops

Farmers and food processors from across Ghana have been exposed to improved crop varieties to increase yield and add value to production. Researchers at the Crops Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have also been engaging the farmers in best practices to increase productivity at the farm gate. The Institute has developed new cassava, yam, sweet potato and cocoyam commodities, emanating from the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP). The objective of the programme is to generate and disseminate improved technologies in the West Africa region and achieve a 25 percent increase in the productivity of the main agricultural sectors. Read more here.
Kofi Adu Domfeh


Analysts watch food situation in West Africa

Aid agencies and government officials remain on alert in West Africa, where drought, chronic malnutrition and poverty have led to devastating and recurrent food shortages. Though climate change does indeed play a role, food security experts in West Africa say families in some regions are simply living so close to the edge that even a slight weather change, a sudden price hike or a brief period of civil unrest can spell hunger. Moreover, according to most analysis, the real issue is not related to food production, but access to food. Read more here.