To meet these goals, we seek to:
- Establish a network of partners who believe in the common mission of solving complex hunger issues by leveraging advances in agriculture, including the creative tools and insights advanced technology can offer.
- Train ordinary members of the public with a purpose to empower them with the tools and skills needed to communicate effectively about science and promote evidence-based decision- making.
- Produce and distribute multimedia materials that provide accurate information about science technologies and share the stories of the scientists, farmers, and allies who are engaged in its development and implementation.
We do the following to achieve our aims;
- Organise/Facilitate Training Programmes locally and internationally
- Undertake grassroots organizing
- Hold marches/rallies
- Organise field visits major Agric sites
1) Alliance for Science Ghana in February 2018 held a training programme for members of the Ghana Agric and Rural Development Journalists Association (GARDJA) to educate them on the basics of biotechnology and the role it can play in agricultural transformation. More than 30 members of GARDJA benefitted from the training.
2) Alliance for Science Ghana recently organised the screening of science movie FOOD EVOLUTION https://www.foodevolutionmovie.com/ at the Silver Birds Cinema in Accra. More than 250 people participated in the screening and a follow-up a panel discussion on GMOs.
3) Alliance for Science Ghana recently partners the University of Ghana Branch of the International Agriculture and Related Sciences Students Association to organise the Green Week Celebration that sought to draw the attention of students to the importance of agriculture in national development. The seven-day celebration featured various activities including series of seminars to educate the students on agribusiness.
4) Alliance for Science Ghana recently partnered Agricultural students at the University of Ghana to organise a career fair on employment opportunities within the Agric value chain.
ACCRA MARCH FOR SCIENCE 2018
On Saturday 14th April 2018, scientists and well-meaning people are embarking on a global march for science to celebrate our passion for science and draw attention to the need for science based evidence in policy formulation https://www.marchforscience.com/.
The march is an annual event which was first held on 22nd April 2017 with series of rallies and marches in more than 600 cities across the world including Washington DC and Abuja.
We are also planning to hold a similar march in Accra on Saturday 14th April 2018. We are expecting about 150 like-minded persons to participate in the march in Accra. The march will seek to call on the Ghanaian society to prioritise science as a way to ensure environmental sustainability and help lift Ghana out of poverty.
In Ghana, the theme for the march is: “Building Ghana: Let’s end environmental destruction and poverty through science informed actions.” We chose this theme to drum home the point that unless government prioritises science by investing a lot more in technological research, and begin to adopt the outcome of research works by scientists when making policy decisions, there is no way we will succeed in ending poverty in our country. We also want to draw attention to the fact that there is direct correlation between protecting our environment from degradation and ending poverty.
The march will draw attention to Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2 and 3, and the role meeting them can play in accelerating Ghana’s development.
Goal 1: No Poverty – “End Poverty in All its Forms”
Goal 2: Zero Hunger – “End hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”
Goal 3: Climate Action – “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”
In summary, the objective of the march is to draw attention to how science can be used to fix the problem of widespread poverty and environmental destruction in several parts of Ghana.
Plan for March
Duration: 6am – 9am on Saturday 14th April 2018.
We are planning to converge at the premises of the CSIR at 37 in Accra. Then we will follow the following routes:
CSIR Premises at 37 to Christ the King Church near Flagstaff House to Lands Commission office near 37 station to 37 station to Opeibia Junction and back to CSIR Premises at 37
Upon return, we will hold a 45 minute forum during which various speakers will address the crowd on various aspects of the themes mentioned above.
Join us for the march on Saturday 14th April 2018 at the CSIR office at 37 in Accra at 6am at the Premises of the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute of the CSIR at 37 Military Hospital area in Accra. Find the google map location on the link below.