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Ghana’s agricultural sector to enhance through integrated farming approach.

The Ghana Irrigation Development Authority with support from International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, ICBA has organized a course training on the theme “Enhancing food security in salt- affected areas in Africa through integrated land, water and crop management”. The training which is aimed to increase agricultural productivity in the Sub-Saharan African regions in order to achieve food security where productivity has declined specifically due to soil erosion, soil degradation, drought and climate change factors comes off at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, the Capacity Building Specialist for ICBA, Mr. Ghazi Al-Jabri, encouraged the participants of the training course to create a network with each other to bring about their success by working together. Mr. Al- Jabri said Ghana is going to benefit hugely after the end of the training as the knowledge acquired will shape its agricultural, land and water use in enhancing its integrated farming approaches with a positive impact. He said this year’s course is the ninth to be held from over forty countries since it’s commence in 2009. In another statement, the Chief Executive officer, Dr. Ben Vas Nyamadi was grateful to ICBA for hosting the training in Ghana and hopes the participants will learn and emulate Ethiopia success story achieved from the course. The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Water Recourses Commission said that the Commission has enough water to alleviate the nation from poverty and that the training will further enhance the Commission as it is already in partnership with GIDA to ensure all year round irrigation for the nation at large. 25 participants to be trained in the ICBA course are from Ghana, Botswana, Ethiopia, Gambia, Kenya, Malawi, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The course will address challenges on various topics such as food security constraints and solutions in Africa in the context of climate change, land and soil salinity development and mitigation solutions, Best practices of utilizing non- conventional water resources. The course training begins on 19th February, 2018 and ends on the 2nd March, 2018.