18.06.2015 Agriculture

Poor land use exposes Ghana to possible food and water scarcity

By Kofi Adu Domfeh
Poor land use exposes Ghana to possible food and water scarcity
LISTEN JUN 18, 2015

Ghana’s food and water security is under threat as the country’s arable lands are lost to illegal mining activities as well as infrastructural expansion projects, especially residential and industrial estates.

According to Director of the Crops Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), adequate measures must be put in place to address the challenge of land and water pollution.

She says the increasing human population demands that the country pursues the conservation of farm lands and water bodies to help boost crop production.

She however says the CSIR-CRI has the capacity to restore soil fertility to put destroyed farm lands into productive use.

Dr. Ennin spoke to LuvNews at a workshop on agricultural extension projects under the Korea-Africa Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (KAFACI).

KAFACI is an intergovernmental and multilateral corporation body aimed at improving food production, achieve sustainable agriculture and enhance extension services of African countries through knowledge and information sharing on agricultural technologies.

The event brought together agricultural personnel from selected African countries to share research findings to enhance extension services.

Dr. Ennin believes the project would help capacity building and improve upon extension offices as a guide against the shortage of food in the future.

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