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Launch of the Africa Project on “Adopting Agroecology and Circular Economy for Emission Reduction in Maize and Rice Production (ACE4ES)”

On May 21, 2024, the Honorable Minister launched the ACE4ES project at the CSIR-Crops Research Institute in Kumasi. This groundbreaking initiative aims to integrate agroecology practices and the circular economy to enhance ecosystem resilience and reduce emissions in maize and rice production.

The project is spearheaded by a consortium comprising Africa Rice (Cote d’Ivoire), the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG), the Youth Initiative for Land in Africa (Benin), and partner country representatives from Tanzania and Nigeria. These partners bring together a wealth of expertise and experience to address the pressing challenges of sustainable agriculture and climate change in Africa.

The event was chaired by the Director-General of CSIR, Prof. Paul Boso, who highlighted the importance of innovative agricultural practices in ensuring food security and environmental sustainability. In his remarks, Prof. Boso emphasized the critical role of research and collaboration in advancing agroecology and circular economy principles.

Hon. Minister Ophelia Mensah Hayford (MP), the guest of honor, delivered an inspiring launch address. She underscored the government’s commitment to supporting sustainable agricultural practices and commended the consortium for their collaborative efforts. The Hon. Minister officially launched the ACE4ES project, marking a significant milestone in the journey towards sustainable agriculture in the region.

The launch event brought together a diverse group of stakeholders, including representatives from across the sub-region, researchers, academia, farmers, and policymakers. The presence of these key stakeholders underscores the broad support and collective commitment to the success of the ACE4ES project.

Accompanying the Hon. Minister was Cephas Adjei Mensah, Director of Research, who expressed his enthusiasm for the project’s potential to transform agricultural practices and contribute to emission reduction. He also highlighted the importance of integrating local knowledge and practices with scientific research to achieve the project’s goals.

The ACE4ES project is poised to make a significant impact by promoting sustainable farming methods, enhancing food security, and mitigating climate change effects. The consortium partners are dedicated to implementing innovative solutions that will benefit farmers, communities, and the environment.