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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Soil Research Institute (SRI) converts all its analogue soil maps of Ghana from analogue formats to a digitized platform to support the development of a Digital Agricultural Innovation Hub (DAIH). This is to help accelerate agricultural innovation and facilitate access to agricultural technologies. The soil maps in Ghana can now be accessed on https://csirsoilinfo.org/

The “Digitized Soil Maps” platform developed by The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Soil Research Institute (CSIR-SRI) in collaboration with the Modernising Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) project has been unveiled at a workshop in Accra.

Addressing participants at the workshop, Professor Paul Bosu, the Deputy Director-General, said: “adequate knowledge and soil type information is crucial for sustainable agriculture and let me quickly add that it is not only about agriculture but also a myriad of other uses which time would not permit me to go into”.

The Soil Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has completed an exhaustive process of digitising the entire soil map of Ghana.

The process involved converting the soil maps of Ghana from analogue to digital formats and making this digital information available online.

The analogue soil maps were easily exposed to damage and were not easily accessible by key stakeholders spread far and wide in Ghana and across the globe.

The conversion of the analogue maps to the digital form is, therefore, expected to assist stakeholders, especially, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), to build a more modern agricultural system for the country.

The web-based platform that has all the digitised soil map is www.csirsoilinfo.org.

The Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Professor Victor Agyeman, has requested the government of Korea through Mr. Lim Jung Taek, the Korean Ambassador to establish a long term collaboration to support the activities of one of its partners, the Korean Programme on International Agriculture (KOPIA) Ghana Centre. The KOPIA Ghana Centre has been set up to develop locally-adaptable technologies and seeds by sharing knowledge and experience as well as disseminate the technologies and practices to farmers in the rural areas. Professor Agyeman made the request when the Korean Ambassador paid a courtesy call on him in his office at the CSIR Head Office. Furthermore, the Director-General said the Council had exchanged mutual benefits from KOPIA Ghana Centre especially in terms of training local farmers on best farming practices, and as a beneficial, the Council also supported the centre with land for its farming activities.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR ) with support from the Canadian government through the Modernising Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) programme held a capacity building workshop for the media under the ‘ CSIR  knowledge series’  programme at its Head Office in Accra.

The overall objective of the ‘CSIR  knowledge series ‘ programme is to build the capacity of the media to become better advocates of science and research as part of efforts to rebrand the Council and enhance its visibility. One of the outputs of the training is to constitute and nurture press corps to champion the dissemination of CSIR’s strength in science, technology and agricultural research.

Seasoned journalist, Napoleon Ato Kittoe who has done over  seventy exclusive news reports on the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) the past two years, has urged media practitioners to shift their focus to agriculture, science and technology reporting as it has tremendous potential.

He made this appeal when he took his turn to share some methodologies by which science inclined journalists may report accurately, with the possibility of their works becoming veritable reference materials for academic research at the maiden edition of the capacity building workshop under the  ‘ CSIR  knowledge series programme ‘.

A research project on the use of waste to produce electricity in host communities for their own use is being implemented in Ghana.

The four-year project (2020-2023) known as the ‘Hybrid Waste-to-Energy (W2E) Pilot Project in the Ashanti Region,’ is being funded by the German government with an amount of €5.8 million.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation (MESTI), Ghana, through the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) in Accra, conducted feasibility studies on renewable energy sources in Ghana under the supervision of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Two hundred farmers, retailers, distributors and scientists from six districts and a municipality in the Upper East Region have completed a fertilizer application training and evaluation exercise organized by the Agriculture Manufacturing Group, (AMG Ltd).

The training and evaluation exercise sought to teach them how to use the AMG fertilizers appropriately to guarantee maximum field benefit and also to demonstrate to independent observers the efficacy of AMG Fertilizers.

The participants were made of 180 farmers, six district/municipal directors of agriculture, 14 agricultural extension agencies and field staff of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research - Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (CSIR-SARI).


The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), College of Science and Technology (CCST) has matriculated twenty-four students pursuing various post-graduate degree programs at the college for the 2020/2021 academic year.

The ceremony took place on Friday 15th January 2021. At the CSIR Food Research Institute (CSIR-FRI).

During the ceremony, the staff of the college including lecturers, heads of departments, and the leadership of the Student Representative Council (SRC) took turns to welcome the students and the various programs were introduced to the students and what it takes to pass these programs of study.

Professor Mark Appiah, the President of the college who gave an overview of the institution, said CCST was established in 2012 and governed by a twelve-member governing board.

He reiterated that, the college which is affiliated to the University of Cape Coast (UCC), offers Master’s degree level programs including Master of Science and Master of Philosophy (MSc/MPhil) in Climate Change and Integrated Natural Resources Management, and, Natural Sciences and Environmental Management. The institution also offers MPhil in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology, Food Science and Technology, Fisheries, Soil Health and Environmental Resources Management, Industrial Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology.

Management of CSIR has awarded three institutes for their efforts in increasing their internally generated funds (IGF) to support research and operational activities.

The awards dubbed “CSIR CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY AWARDS” were received by the CSIR-Building and Road Research Institute (CSIR-BRRI), CSIR-Oil Palm Research Institute (CSIR-OPRI) and CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI).

In order to promote demand-driven research, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Institute for Scientific and Technological Information (CSIR-INSTI) has designed four digital outputs to support and provide alternative methods of extension delivery.

The four outputs, namely; the CSIR Technologies; CSIR Space; Kuafo Market Place; and Agritech Mobile Advisor, designed to be hosted on the Digital Agriculture Innovation Hub (DAIH), set up by the CSIR-INSTI, as part of the Modernizing Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) programme.

The MAG programme, is a five-year Ministry of Food and Agriculture project, being funded by the Canadian Government through Global Affairs Canada, focusing attention on demand-driven research and alternative methods of extension delivery, with the objective of increasing productivity through intensive farming.

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