The Government of Canada provided five Toyota Coaster buses to support five agricultural colleges in Ghana through its Technical Education Development for Modernized Agriculture in Ghana (TEDMAG) project. Canada also gave beneficiary institutions a package of PPE to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The beneficiary institutions included:

  • Animal Health and Production College
  • Ejura Agricultural College
  • Kwadaso Agricultural College
  • Damongo Agricultural College and
  • Ohawu Agricultural College

Deputy Director of Operations at the Canadian High Commission Ms. Stephanie Brute said Ghana’s agricultural colleges play an important role in modernizing and improving agricultural productivity. Ms. Brute noted that this explained why Canada was supporting the agricultural institutions with vehicles to address student transportation needs for field learning visits.

The donated buses would allow students to undertake practical assignments outside campus to help re-orient their agricultural education and training towards an agri-business, market-oriented system. Access to transportation is needed to equip students with extension delivery service skills needed to support farmers in transforming subsistent farming into income earning enterprises.

Canada has been a long-time partner to the Government and People of Ghana since Canada first invested in food security and decentralization in Ghana. The statement from the High Commission of Canada said each milestone has moved both countries closer to their shared goal. Both Canada and Ghana will continue to make progress towards poverty eradication, zero hunger, gender equality and growth that works for everyone, the statement added.

The Technical Education Development for Modernized Agriculture in Ghana (TEDMAG) is a five-year project being implemented by the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. Agriculture is a key sector in Canada’s international assistance policy, which is also oriented to achieve Canada’s Feminist Policy objectives and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Canadian support for agricultural development has been focusing on Gender Transformative Approaches in Agriculture, seeking to improve production modernization for female and male farmers through support for a comprehensive market-oriented approach to farming, and by strengthening and modernizing agricultural extension services at the national, regional and district levels.

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