March 28, 2020
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Front row  L-R : Mr. Sam Nsiah (Lakehead University), Prof. Daniel Ofori (Director, FORIG), Prof. Victor Agyemang  (D-G ,CSIR) Ms. Kathleen Amy Afful (Canadian High Commission) Mr. Oppong - Sasu (Director, Forestry  Services) Prof. Paul Bosu (Deputy  D-G,  CSIR) Mrs. Rose Brown (HR , Director) Prof. Dr. Matthew Leitch (Lakehead University)

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Lakehead University, Canada has signed a five-year agreement to strengthen research and co-operation in sustainable forest management in Accra.

Spearheaded by the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG), one of the 13 research institutes of the council, the contract ropes in other partners including the Forestry Commission and the School of Development Studies of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) to share expertise and explore opportunities in forest science for mutual benefits.

Associate Professor of the Faculty of Natural Resources Management of Lakehead University, Dr. Matthew Leitch signed on behalf of his school, while the Director of FORIG, Professor Daniel Ofori signed for his institute.  Representatives of the University of Cape Coast and the Forestry Commission signed for their respective Institutions.

In his speech, Prof. Ofori indicated that partnership was important to aid the Institute to deliver on its mandate and vision to become a Centre of excellence in scientific forestry research.

The Memorandum of understanding (MOU), the Director said, seeks to increase opportunities in forest science research and education beyond what each organization could accomplish independently.

He said as part of the agreement, competitive research grants would be sourced to enhance research, education and commercial development for all parties as technical resources including staff expertise, infrastructure and equipment are harnessed to achieve desired results.

“This MOU recognizes the potential for this relationship to assist each organization in efficiently and effectively meeting their respective needs” he noted

The Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, in a speech read on his behalf by the Technical Advisor to the CEO, Dr. Kwakye Ameyaw expressed appreciation to the management of Lakehead University for the support.

He said the agreement would allow the university to share its expertise and experience in international best practices for sustainable forest management in the country.

This is under the location of the school within the jurisdiction of the Ontario Province, where out of a forest cover of 71,100,000 hectares close to 63,846,325 was publicly owned and being managed sustainably, Mr. Afriyie said.

“This partnership has the potential to provide an opportunity for Forestry Commission’s technical staff to learn about both the theory and practice of sustainable mining in environmentally sensitive areas to apply the knowledge and technologies acquired to our local situations” he stated.

On his part, Dr. Leitch of the Lakehead University said that his outfit would not only bring training mentorship and capacity building to the table but would share modern technological interventions with partner agencies to improve Ghana’s forest management capacity.

“We have developed a lot of technological applications in geometrics, forest landscaping, remote sensing, satellite imagery among others to track forest health, structure and factors responsible for deforestation and forest degradation and we are happy to share such expertise”. he said.

Source: Corporate Affairs Division, CSIR, Head Office

"Wherever you go, your presence should be felt," Dr. Gloria Djagbletey's mother told her more than 40 years ago. Pondering her mother's wise words, the doctor began to think about the strides she's made in protecting the earth.

For the past 30 years, Dr. Djagbletey has always been vested in conserving the environment and planting trees.

Observing large-scale depletion of green cover across the country, she took it upon herself to restore some degraded forest reserves.

Her journey, though first began in 1988 when Dr. Mrs. Djagbletey first obtained a certificate in forestry at the then school of forestry in Sunyani.

She further pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Renewal Natural Resources Management, and a Master's of Philosophy in Forest Silviculture and Management.

Later, she went on to attain a Doctor of Philosophy award in the same field at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology. All of which she did in 21 years.

Today, she takes on calls from people especially schools that are enthusiastic about growing trees in their communities to create their very own display of ever-beautiful greenery.

Alongside Dr. Akwasi Duah-Gyamfi, Dr. Ernest Foli, Dr. Shalom Daniel Addo-Danso, Dr. Reginald Guuroh among others at Forest Research Institute of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research she started planting saplings and trees across the board.

Dr. Djagbletey helps people by planting trees of their choice free of charge.

Hundreds of seedlings are nursed at a cost which she would not quote but give out without any monetary motives.

Offering protection and supplements to the trees, she strictly urges people to take good care of these trees by properly watering them.

Dr. Djagbletey also demonstrates a special interest in schoolchildren at basic levels. She wishes that they become educators who share information with friends, families, and community members.

In 2017, she decided to initiate a programme on climate change and environmental sustainability targeting selected schools.

Seven schools have been visited since the programme's inception and over 2,000 of the children have been equipped.

Schools such as Hwereso R/C basic school, Kubease D/A JHS, Fumesua Anglican JHS, CSIR Basic School among other schools in the Ashanti region have received training and education.

Children who did not know the significance of trees and why they should be safeguarded are beginning to appreciate the efforts of Dr. Djagbletey.

School children using their newly learned skills to tend to a seedling.

They are poised to actively champion and play leading roles in the mitigation process.

The outreach programme also impacts the broader community. Trees that are planted by children which serve as shade trees, windbreaks, control for soil erosion, and carbon dioxide sequestration.

Undoubtedly, this a selfless service that stands as true evidence of her commitment to making the environment eco-friendly. Her team and colleagues have planted over 1,150 trees on various school compounds.

Between now and ten years to come, the trees are expected to grow bigger depending on the species.

But for the general rule of thumb, fast-growing trees can reach 25 feet in ten years. Reasonable growth of trees will reach 18 feet in ten years and stall growth trees which will reach less than 18 feet in ten years.

Whichever way, Dr. Djadgletey is very much attracted to preserving the environment for eternity. It doesn't matter how short of a duration the trees need to grow, what makes a difference, is their ability to sequestrate carbon dioxide and give out oxygen.

"Women are the most affected of climate change," she says. That gives her the most undying will to strive for better environmental management, community empowerment, and livelihood improvement using tree-planting as an entry point.

If climate change hits the country hard, Dr. Djagbletey says women would be at the receiving end.

"It is a fact that, when our pipes run dry, women would have to go and search for water."

Again, "energy is important. Who goes to look for it when it is inaccessible? Women."

Dr. Djagbletey concerns bring forth the role of women in national development as the world celebrates women's day.

She says she cannot look on while Ghana's forest cover continues to deplete at a fast rate.

She is determined to go all-out make a convincing case for environmental conservation.

With the 2030 deadline for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals approaching, the fight against climate change intensifies each year, with governments allocating resources to other stakeholders to achieve them.

One of the considerably critical SDGs to Dr. Djagbletey is SDG 5, achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.

Dr. Djagbletey believes women as primary caregivers can lead the way and should be made to do so.

Healthy forests and vibrant communities, she says are essential parts of global climate change.

This doctor has no intention of leaving the field of climate mitigation.

Until death, she continues to fight against climate change to keep the forest standing.


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cut the sod for the commencement of work on the upgrading and modernisation of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system at the CSIR – Institute of Industrial Research in Accra.

A 2017-2018 annual analysis on the agricultural value chain in 10 regions, has identified issues of inadequate storage facilities, poor road network and high cost of inputs as major constraints that confront Ghanaian farmers.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial and Research (CSIR) has held a special thanksgiving service to round off its yearlong 60th anniversary celebration activities, under the theme

A retired Director of Administration of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Mrs. Elieen Odartei Laryea has charged administrators of public institutions to stay abreast of modern trends in particularly the use of information technology and financial management systems to ensure efficient running of public organisations.

Food Processing operations are a significant source of waste generation, a major user of energy and a contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The Ambassador of the State of Israel to Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Her Excellency Madam Shani Cooper-Zubida on has paid a working visit to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Accra. It was to explore areas for collaboration between her country and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana’s premier institution for scientific research.

The CSIR has once again been tasked to create the needed awareness of its technologies and research findings to attract the needed funding from government. Duty bearers have also been urged to vigorously advance commercialisation of CSIR activities and technologies to increase internally generated funds.

CSIR-Crops Research Institute with the support of Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has developed 3 improved rice varieties. The new varieties-AG-CRI-UPL-1-2,AG-CRI-UPL-4-13 AND AG-CRI-UPL-1-18- have long, slender, white aromatic grains, are disease and pest resistant  and have a short maturity period of 90 to 100 days .

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