Report of the regional workshop on sustainable intensification of mixed croplivestock farming systems in Northern Ghana, Tamale, Ghana, 2728 August 2012
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Researchs (CSIR) Animal Research Institute (ARI) convened a 2day InterRegional Workshop on Sustainable intensification of mixed croplivestock farming systems in the three northernmost regions Ghana, namely Northern, Upper West and Upper East Regions. The Workshop was held in the context of the implementation of a wider Project Sustainable intensification of cereal based farming systems in the SudanoSahelian zone of Ghana funded within the RISING initiative by the USAID. The Workshop, focusing on croplivestock systems within a broader agriculturelivestock integrated system in the region, attracted value chain actors in the livestock, crops and their integrated sectors. These included experts in production, health, processing and marketing in public and private sectors. Researchers, extensionists and technicians from national institutions and regional/international centres as well as nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) participated in the workshop. The Workshop was to bring together these experts to provide inputs into the determination of the path that the development of croplivestock systems has taken in the three regions, the status quo of enterprises in the croplivestock domains, what challenges are facing the sectors value chains that may constrain the further development and intensification, and what opportunities there are to exploit to hasten development. The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a key stakeholder in livestock and closely related subsectors in developing countries, especially in Africa, having been contracted by the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the USAID contractor for the RISING Project, contracted and partnered with CSIRARI to execute the eventual croplivestock component of the Project in Northern Ghana. Forty four (44) persons participated in the Analysis of constraints and opportunities for the sustainable intensification of mixed crop livestock systems in Northern Ghana Workshop held in Tamale, Ghana, on 2728 August, 2012. Participants represented ILRI, the CSIRARI, Universities, development/extension institutions, including the Ministry of Food and Agriculture ( MoFA), NGOs, and private services providers and farmers groups.