The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), organized a five-day training workshop for one hundred and forty (140) Agricultural Extension Officers in the Northern (Tamale) and Savannah (Damongo) regions of Ghana.
The workshop which aimed to equip the Extension Officers with new and innovative ways of educating farmers as well as expose them to improved farming methods, was organized under WACCI’s World Bank Africa Centre of Excellence for Development Impact (ACE Impact) project. Topics covered include Farmer-Based Organizations, Gender Roles and Responsibilities, the role of ICT in extension services and E-Agriculture, Agricultural Value Chain Development, as well as Leadership and Team Building. The participants had a practical approach of leveraging on technology through the use of various E-Agricultural platforms to educate farmers. They were taken through the act of effective leadership and team building and the importance of having an all-inclusive team. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. J.N. Anaglo and Dr. B.P. Atengdem from the Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Ghana. The facilitators of the workshop encouraged participants to use the newly-acquired knowledge to improve the yields of farmers and for the development of other agricultural activities in the various districts.
The Regional Extension Heads from both regions expressed their heartfelt gratitude to WACCI and the World Bank for the training opportunity and urged the Centre to continue to capacitate Extension Officers on other relevant issues necessary for effective delivery of their duties.