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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.

Dr Manfred B. Ewool, a Senior Research Scientist and Maize Breeder at the Council for Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR), Crops Research Institute (CRI) in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Asuoyeboah in the Ashanti Region, said since maize was a staple food in Ghana, enhancing it with Vitamin A was a long- term approach to minimize Vitamin 'A' Deficiency (VAD) in the country.

Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, one of Africa’s renowned scientists, has underscored the need for the continent “to be determined, aggressive, ambitious, and passionate about her affairs.

“As a people, we should not be afraid of breaking new ground. The world may want to intimidate us; that we are so far behind, that we cannot catch up.

“No! We don’t have to run after them. However, we can learn from the achievements and mistakes of others whilst charting our path and preserving our cultural heritage and our time-tested value systems,” he said.

Prof. Frimpong-Boateng, in a speech delivered at the investiture of Prof. Mark Appiah as President of the CSIR College of Science and Technology (CCST), during a ceremony at Fumesua near Kumasi, indicated that “Africa’s poverty gap was a technological gap.”

The Minister for Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation (MESTI), Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, has commended the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for its innovative ways of adding value to food crops.

He said such measures were helping to protect and promote good nutrition in the country in support of government efforts in ensuring a healthy population.

The minister stated this in a press statement to mark the Day of Scientific Renaissance of Africa (DSRA) today (June 30).

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