The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) Ghana has appointed Peace Corps personnel to boost agribusiness activities in the country especially for northern Ghana and the Bono-Ahafo Region. The 26 member corps would provide extension services to farmers.
The Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, George Oduro, has called on 26 Peace Corps members, who are going to assist in providing extension services to farmers within the two years period of duty in the country, to be agents of change.
To Mr. Oduro, the period of volunteering will bring significant improvement in the agriculture sector.
The Peace Corps persons will mostly be in the northern parts of Ghana and the Bono-Ahafo Region. The 26 Peace Corps members were sworn in by the US Ambassador in Accra, Robert P. Jackson, and were led by the Director of Programming and Training, Rebecca Steenbergen, to say the Peace Corps Volunteer Pledge.
Mr. Robert Jackson noted that his country’s relationship with Ghana is as strong as ever, saying Washington D.C. is ready to help reduce poverty in this country.
According to the United States envoy, the choice of northern Ghana as the duty post of his youth is as a result of the vibrant presence of USAID in those parts of the country. He expressed the conviction that, when attention is focused on such areas, it will help bridge the development gap between the north and the south.
The 26 Peace Corps personnel have been given training on how to go about their duties in the areas they were going to serve. There was the demonstration in the various language acquisitions. Also in attendance to witness the ceremony was the Chairperson of COCOBOD, Hackman Owusu-Agyeman.