Closing ceremony of project NICHE-GHA-270; strengthening the capacity of four colleges of agriculture

Closing Ceremony NICHE-GHA-270
Closing Ceremony NICHE-GHA-270

29 June 2021

This four-year Nuffic project in Ghana focused on improving agricultural education for both men and women at the four colleges (Kwadaso, Ohawu, Ejura and Damongo). The aim of this project is to enable better education to strengthen the agricultural sector, and ultimately contribute to strengthening food security in Ghana. The project involved working on both educational and organizational capacity, while looking at the needs of the market. Support focused on increasing the TVET-skills, knowledge and resources of teachers and management. In concrete terms this means that CINOP and partners create ownership, guide curriculum development and thus contribute to the accreditation process of the courses.

Partners: CINOP (Lead), HAS Den Bosch, Q-Point, KNUST Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Ghana, Quente Africa Ghana, Growth Mosaic Ghana.

The ambition for the four agricultural colleges in Ghana is to become Centers of Excellence in agriculture and agribusiness training. In order to reach this goal, interventions within the following fields were implemented:

  • The organizational capacity of the four agricultural colleges is enhanced;
  • The staff capacity is strengthened;
  • Gender sensitive, labor market oriented curricula are revised and implemented;
  • A project investment plan (procurement, training, coaching, maintenance, financial sustainability) is implemented;
  • And the business development capacity of the colleges is enhanced.
Niche project celebration

This project included an investment component as well. As part of this investment component, the four colleges each now have a tractor, including farming equipment. Further expanding this institute, ensuring financial sustainability through income-generating capabilities and encouraging effective knowledge sharing are the next challenges to create lasting impact. The ending of this project was celebrated with a festive ceremony. The achievements were discussed, and there was a musical interlude, after which there was an equipment and machinery handing-over and speech by the Dutch Ambassador to Ghana. This machinery included tractors, plows, harrows, and planters. According to the Director of Human Resources Management of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture,Mr Lawoety Tettey, these equipments will help to expand the required facilities in the colleges, and also create an entrepreneurial awareness and knowledge among staff and students in their education research and outreach. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the NICHE Program in Ghana at Kwadaso College of Agriculture, he added that it will also help in strengthening the colleges in their overall institutional organization performance and the strengthening of staff on managerial, technical and entrepreneurial competence.

Read more about our projects in Ghana:

A Competence Based Training for teachers of the three Farm Institutes in Ghana

The development of customized Virtual Reality training scenarios with the agricultural colleges in Ghana