MA in Communications Studies; BA in Geography and French; Teaching Cert ‘A’ in French and English
I joined CABI in August 2016 as Communications Specialist for CABI’s center in Accra, Ghana. Here, I spearhead the centre’s communications activities and provide requisite direction and support for various CABI projects across the region. While I work to address specific needs of various projects in the areas of development communication and publicity/ promotion, I also contribute to corporate communications goals of CABI regionally and globally.
Before joining CABI, I worked as Communications Specialist for USAID’s West Africa Fertilizer Program (WAFP), implemented by the International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) providing general as well as development communications direction to the project and the organization. I also worked with USAID’s Agribusiness and Trade Promotion Project (USAID-ATP) as Communications and Outreach Associate, after a three-year stay experience with Ghana’s leading waste management company, Zoomlion Ghana Limited as Communications Officer. In all these positions, my key roles and accomplishments focused on:
Our centre in Ghana serves West Africa – a region made up of 15 states, and with a population of about 300 million. This is a region where agriculture is of huge importance. However there are significant challenges to effective trade in agricultural commodities in this region.
Agricultural production and productivity needs to increase in order to enhance economic growth but environmental impacts and social conflicts need to be taken into account. The concept of sustainable agricultural intensification which takes account of these complexities is needed. The Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Research and Learning in Africa (SAIRLA) programme is achieving this through commissioned research and facilitating learning at many levels in selected African countries.
Start: 01/10/16 -End: 01/04/20
Ghana’s vegetable sector has the potential to create 20,000 skilled jobs, and increase exports to the EU. But exports are hampered by quarantine pests. This project aims to improve the current system and develop a new organic supply chain by establishing an effective phytosanitary system, facilitating strategic alliances between importers and producers/ exporters, and investing in technical expertise to help producers and exporters meet quality standards.
Start: 01/05/15 -End: 31/07/21
Poultry farming is practised by almost all smallholder farmers in West Africa but feed and protein sources are becoming increasingly expensive here, affecting meat and egg production and reducing family income. Fish farmers suffer a similar problem. We are promoting the use of insects, which are a natural food source for poultry and fish, and endorsed by the FAO as a tool to alleviate poverty.
Start: 01/01/15 -End: 31/12/21
Poor soil fertility is a key constraint to improving farm productivity and farmer livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) is recognised as an effective solution to poor crop yields. However, lack of access to information means that smallholder farmers do not adopt better techniques. To combat this, we are working with partners to add value to communication campaigns that are designed to facilitate adoption and capture learning.
Start: 04/05/15 -End: 31/12/19
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