Government of Ghana Urged to Adopt Sustainable Food Security Enhancing Measures
Dr. Prem Bindraban, who is in charge of programmes at the International Fertiliser Development Centre, has asked the government and other players in the agricultural sector to take a comprehensive approach to food security and make it a top priority.
He stated that food security required stakeholders to make the appropriate efforts to assist farmers in increasing their yields and incomes through the application of fertilisers in a sustainable manner.
He said that could only be done by getting the government, businesses, researchers, and students to work together to find evidence-based, responsible ways to use fertiliser in the country.
Dr. Bindraban said this at a meeting in Tamale between stakeholders and key players in the Fertiliser Research and Responsible Implementation (FERARI) Programme.
The purpose of the event was to help people think about the results of the program's experiments and surveys and come up with ideas for how to make things better and what to do next.
Professor Mohamed El-Gharous, who is in charge of the FERARI Programme, said that the goal of the programme was to come up with evidence-based inputs that showed the need for a systematic approach to help farmers in less developed markets in sub-Saharan African countries use balanced fertilisers more often. This would improve food and nutrition security.
He also said that the FERARI Programme had put together groups of researchers and government officials to talk about how to make more fertilisers available to farmers.
FERARI is a public-private partnership programme in Ghana that combines research by PhD and post-doctoral academics with work done on the ground to improve the fertiliser value chain.
The programme, which was started by Mohammed VI Polytechnic and IFDC, will run from 2019 to 2024 with the help of five universities in Ghana and universities in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Morocco.