Help Farmers Adopt Tech Skills
A study on the ‘Impact of Technology Adoption: Evidence from Maize and Cowpea Farmers in Northern Ghana,’ has recommended more stakeholder involvement in the agriculture sector to provide credit and input support to farmers.
This would go a long way to support farmers to continue to implement the technologies on the farms, a Principal Technologist at the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-STEPRI), Mr Emmanuel Jumpah, said when he presented the findings at a validation workshop in Accra on August 11, 2020.
He pointed out that the adoption of technology was critical to achieving sustained food productivity, ensure improved food security and raise farmers income.
He said agricultural extension remains crucial to improving farm productivity.
“Expanding easy access to extension services and monitoring of farmers production activities by agric extension agents are highly recommended,” he said.
The study flows from the Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING), a project focused on generating and disseminating technologies for the adoption of smallholder farmers for improved livelihoods.
It is being implemented with many collaborators (farmers, researchers, policy institutions among others) in West Africa (Ghana and Mali), East Africa (Ethiopia and Tanzania) and Southern Africa (Malawi and Zambia).
In Ghana, the project focuses on smallholder farmers in the northern part of the country engaged in crop (maize and cowpea) and livestock (small ruminants) production.
Technologies generated in these areas are disseminated to farmers through the concept of ‘technology parks.’
Mr Jumpah said the Africa RISING intervention had achieved some positive outcomes and working to consolidate and sustain the gains, was important.