Improving food securityand income for small scale farmers

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Improving food securityand income for small scale farmers

  1. 1. Accra, July 15, 2013 6th AFRICA AGRICULTURE SCIENCE WEEK PAEPARD 2 SIDE EVENT
  2. 2. Improving food security and income for smallholder farmers through improved post harvest technology Kwame Afreh-Nuamah , PhD – Professor of entomology
  3. 3. OUTLINE BACKGROUND  Technology adopted MOUs and efforts of partners Consortium formed and efforts made so far Way forward
  4. 4. Technology adopted Hermetic triple layer bags for storage of cowpea  Developed by Purdue University Adopted for storage of other important cereal crops as maize, paddy rice and sorghum Modifications introduced - biodegradable materials
  5. 5. Technology adopted Modifications – environmentally friendly Acceptance of such technology in countries where ordinary plastics are outlawed.
  6. 6. MOUs and efforts of partners 4th of March 2011:- MOU signed between FARA, University of Ghana and Concern Universal Efforts of partners  FARA - Funding provided to UG for 2 Masters- by-research (Mphil) students
  7. 7. MOUs and efforts of partners Efforts of partners  CU - facilitated the identification and selection of site and farmer participants in field research. UG – completed field research with results that showed the potential of the biodegradable hermetic bags in protecting maize in storage therefore the triple-layer hermetic bag should be promoted so maize farmers could use it to store their grains
  8. 8. Consortium formed and efforts made so far Consortium involving Concern Universal, University of Ghana Legon, Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana, Abrono Organic Farming Project, A Julius Kuhn- Instiut, Federal Research Centre, Germany on Cultivated Plants, Bio-Plastic Ghana Limited (Industry), and Bvumbwe Agricultural Station, Malawi formed
  9. 9. Consortium formed and efforts made so far Efforts of consortium Concept note developed and submitted to PAEPARD Concept note adjudged to be of very good quality with a high potential to yield efficient partnership that will promote innovation.
  10. 10. Consortium formed and efforts made so far Efforts of consortium 6th -10th June, 2011(Nairobi, Kenya ) -- partnership inception workshop was organised for three consortia selected by FARA Entebbe, Uganda - write-shop organised to finalise the development of the full proposal April 2012 – proposal submitted to the AU call for proposals
  11. 11. Way Forward

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