Professor Irene Egyir an Associate Faculty and a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), has been awarded research grants by the icipe-World Bank to implement three projects. She will serve as Principal Investigator on the projects which were formally launched on Friday, April 16, 2021.
The first project, PASET- Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) is a five-year project, which seeks to award over 50 PhD scholarships to students of Applied Agricultural Economics & Policy and Agribusiness.
The second project, “Institutional Framework to Enhance the Agri-Innovation Ecosystem in the University of Ghana (IFEA-ECO)” is a two-year project which seeks to work with strategic partners in the private sector (RMG Ghana Ltd. and Agri-Impact Consult) and the international community (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa). The project will also work with government research institutes under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the School of Agriculture, University of Ghana (UG).
The third project, “Building the Resilience of Agribusiness Practitioners Through the Design Thinking Approach (BRADeTA)”, is a three-year project that aims to set up and pilot a Design Thinking (DT) Development Centre (DTDC) at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, UG. The Centre will help connect faculty interested in agri-product development and research commercialization in universities in Ghana to mainstream the DT approach in teaching and research. The faculty will also supervise, mentor and coach students to use new ventures/start-ups for dissertation/thesis development.
WACCI extends its heartfelt congratulations to Professor Egyir.