Strengthening the capacity of four colleges of agriculture

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03 May 2019

Currently, Ghana’s agricultural production only meets half of domestic food needs. Further development of the agricultural sector is of crucial importance in order to solve this issue. Food security is high on the Ghanaian agenda and the country’s agricultural colleges play a pivotal role in this. In order to secure food production and consumption now and in the future, CINOP aims to solve challenges in both the agricultural and educational sector.

Since 2017, CINOP is supporting the Ghanaian Ministry of Food and Agriculture by strengthening four agricultural colleges: Kwadaso, Ejura, Wenchi and Ohawu. The local coordinator of this project is Ishak Shaibu, member of Kwadaso Agricultural College. Here, he shares his stories about cooperation with CINOP.

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Although agriculture is since 2006 no longer the main driver of Ghana’s economy, the sector still employs almost half of the national labour and is the largest foreign exchange earner. CINOP assists the Ministry of Food and Agriculture by solving the challenges faced by the current agricultural TVET system in Ghana. These challenges exist out a lack of facilities and materials, inadequate training of technical teachers, a mismatch between skills and market needs and a widespread concern about the quality of training.

CINOP aims at optimizing the use of resources (financial and other material resources) to achieve the highest output in the best interest of all parties involved

Ishak Shaibu, Kwadaso Agricultural College

The ambition for the four agricultural colleges in Ghana is to become Centres of Excellence in agriculture and agribusiness training by strengthening their educational and organizational capacity to deliver male and female graduates that truly meet labour market and gender needs. In order to reach this goal interventions within the following fields were implemented:

  • The organizational capacity of the four agricultural colleges is enhanced;
  • The staff capacity is strengthened;
  • Gender sensitive, labour market oriented curricula are revised and implemented;
  • A project investment plan (procurement, training, coaching, maintenance, financial sustainability) is implemented;
  • And the business development capacity of the colleges is enhanced.
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It is refreshing to work with CINOP! Its staff is very hard working and professional, responsive and adaptive to changing circumstances within the allowable framework

Ishak Shaibu, Kwadaso Agricultural College

In order to truly contribute to change, cooperation between different stakeholder is essential. Therefore,  CINOP partnered up in this project with the Ghanaian University of Science and Technology, HAS University, QPoint and Quente.

It may be too early to talk about the impact as the project is currently mid-way through. However, we see the staff already changing their teaching methods to include CBET (Competency Based Education and Training). Also, most staff and students have begun to pay attention to gender equity and equality in all aspects of decision making

Ishak Shaibu, Kwadaso Agricultural College.

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