December 04, 2022
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 By Joseph Opoku Gakpo

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has submitted an application to the National Biosafety Authority (NBA) requesting for permission to release Ghana’s first GMO crop (PRB cowpea) into the environment.

The request to the NBA which is a government agency under the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology will allow for the CSIR to also place the pod borer resistant (PBR) cowpea or beans on the Ghanaian market.

According to a public notice published in the Ghana Gazette on 18th February 2022, the application is currently undergoing a review process by the NBA, together with relevant regulatory agencies and independent experts.

By Bernard Benghan

The Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Dr Kwaku Afriyie, last Friday inaugurated a 21-member governing board of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Accra.

The Board chaired by the government nominee, Prof. Robert Kingsford Adaboh, was tasked to strengthen collaborations with other government agencies that were also doing well in the area of science and technological research in the country.

Dr Afriyie after administering the oath of office and secrecy, said, CSIR was the backbone of the country's scientific research mandated to carry out scientific and technological research for national development.

He said the government's flagship agricultural campaign, the Planting for Food and Jobs, under the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), was able to produce more grains which was fashioned from the laboratory of CSIR.

By: Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

There is a dire housing situation that is akin to a pandemic in Ghana. That’s not in question. Particularly, the situation in urban areas is severe. According to Ghana government estimates, in 2015, population growth would likely add two million extra-urban households in Ghana by 2020. It also assessed the housing shortage before the outbreak of COVID-19 at more than two million units, and approximately 60% of the working population need help to access housing, while 35% will not be in a position to access housing even with intended government subsidy.

A recently published report by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) shows that about two out of five of the population of Ghana live in slums. It notes that as of 2017, the proportion of the population living in slums stood at 39.3%, with the figure slightly dropping to 39.2% in 2018, and further declining marginally to 38.9% in 2019.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) hosted a national capacity-building workshop in Ghana to support the country in developing policies that are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely) to ensure that Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) are reflected across all sectors of the economy.

The two-day hybrid workshop held at the Oak Plaza Hotel in Accra forms part of an ongoing project in six African countries (Congo, Ghana, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe) funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to strengthen national and regional STI policies and governance, and institutions in research and innovation in line with the UNESCO Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers (RS|SR).

Farmers in four districts of the Volta Region have doubled their revenue and increased productivity by 61% from the cultivation of improved cassava in three years, a study has revealed.

Each of 187 farmers in the districts of Ho West, Adaklu, Central Tongu, and Ho Municipal who had adopted the improved cassava variety under the “Modernising Agriculture in Ghana project” (MAG), increased their revenue from GH5,040 in 2017 to 10,662 in 2020 averagely.

The study was conducted by the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and disclosed in a MAG dissemination workshop held on December 21, in Accra.

Meanwhile, the non-adopters on average had increased revenue from GH 3,405 in 2017 to 4,702 in 2020.

The MAG project was a five-year initiative introduced in 2017 to provide budgetary and technical support in response to the objectives of food and agricultural sector development policies, productivity, and value chain management issues to increase farmers’ incomes and livelihoods.

By Daniel Amoo

The government has committed to a set of 31 adaptation and mitigation actions in its nationally determined contributions (NDC) to be achieved through its support flagship of “10 year climate actions” agenda.

The agenda seeks to put the country on a sustainability pathway and contribute to the global efforts to lower global temperatures below 1.5⁰C by reducing greenhouse gas emission

This was an outcome of a private investment mobilization capacity training workshop in alternative urban waste management, organized by CSIR –Institute of Industrial Research (CSIR-IIR) held in Accra, on Tuesday.

The two-day pilot capacity training workshop was attended by 17 stakeholders drawn from MMDS and other private organizations in Accra.

Speaking at the workshop on Tuesday, Mrs. Maame Adwoa Bentuma Animpong, the project leader from CSIR-IIR announced that it was meant to bring on board the private sector participation, investment and to assist in adaptation to ensure not polluted and safe for living.

By Jonathan Donkor 

A scientist with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr. Eric Ashalley, has invented a biosensing device that detects and categorizes various bacteria and viruses, including SARS COV-2 (COVID-19 virus).

The United States Patent Office has subsequently awarded the nanoscience and technology research scientist, who works with the Institute of Industrial Research (IIR) of CSIR, a patent, granting him ownership of the device.

Currently, CSIR is looking at channels to locally manufacture this device to augment the government's effort in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic since the accuracy of the device to detect the COVID-19 virus is 99.87%.

  • CSIR-RSA 32nd Annual General Meeting and 3rd scientific conference have been held with a call on research scientists to think about innovation.
  • The adoption of drone technology has been recommended as an intervention to reduce manual application of dangerous chemicals on farms.
  • Long periods spent in piloting technologies have been strongly discouraged.
  • Research Scientists have been challenged to prioritize living legacies.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Research Staff Association (RSA) has held its 32nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) and 3rd scientific conference with a call on research scientists to consider innovation as a significant step to advance development of science and technology in the country.

  • A delegation from GNCCI has paid a courtesy call on the Director-General (D-G) of the CSIR to discuss business opportunities and strengthen relationship.
  • One of the key functions of the CSIR is to transfer its technologies and innovations to support the private sector for industrial growth.
  • GNCCI is established by a Legislative instrument with the mandate to ensure the growth and profitability of businesses in Ghana

Executives of the Accra Branch of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) has paid a courtesy call on the Director-General (D-G) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

  • The Deputy Director- General of CSIR is advising the youth to venture into snail farming since the business is profitable.
  • There is a market for snails both locally and internationally due to its delicacy and medicinal benefits.
  • Forty participants including staff of the National Youth Authority, Agricultural Extension Agents and farmers have benefitted from a day’s training in snail farming.

Prof Paul Bosu, the Deputy Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has urged the youth to consider snail farming as an avenue for generating income.

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