The Phase II of N2Africa was officially launched in Ghana on 3-4 March, 2014 at the Modern City Hotel, Tamale.
Welcoming participants to the workshop, Dr Nutsuga, the Director of the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Tamale lauded the gains made by N2Africa in Phase I in improving the productivity of grain legumes in Northern Ghana and pledged his institute’s support. The Northern Regional Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Mr W. Boakye Acheampong officially launched the programme.
The launch brought together stakeholders along the legume value chain representing research institutions, universities, private sector, farmer organisations, development organisations and Non-governmental organisations. A key activity during the workshop was mapping of related activities/projects in the N2Africa operational areas in Ghana.
Partners present at the workshop included the USAID-funded Agricultural Technology Transfer (ATT) Project and Evangelical Presbyterian Development and Relief Agency (EPDRA) indicated their interest to forge collaboration with N2Africa to promote N2Africa legume technologies in their intervention zones in Northern Ghana for a wider impact.
A presentation that Edward Baars, the N2Africa Business Development Officer, gave on Public/Private Partnerships (PPPs), generated many discussions and reflected the new approach that N2Africa will take to embed the major grain legumes within functioning value chains.