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The Chairman of the CSIR Council, Dr. Abe Incoom has visited CSIR-Crops Research Institute at Fumesua as part of his familiarization tour of CSIR institutes. He was accompanied by Director-General of CSIR, Dr. Victor Agyeman. With the issue of commercialization high on his agenda for the visit, the Council Chair discussed with the Director and other members of staff, how the Institute’s commercialization drive could be enhanced to increase internally-generated funds (IGF) and sustain CSIR-CRI’s research efforts. The Chairman challenged Research Scientists of CSIR-CRI to be more innovative and creative with these words: “As scientists, you are innovators. You need to bring your innovation and creativity to the fore to leverage the commercialization drive of the CSIR”. He promised to ensure that the necessary policies are put in place to reward scientists who bring in funds through commercialization.The Director of CSIR-CRI, Dr. Stella Ama Ennin, outlined measures the CSIR-CRI had put in place to generate income at the institute. “More winnable proposals will be submitted to funding agencies to access more funding for our research work”, she said. The Director-General praised CSIR-CRI for her contribution to IGF at the CSIR Head Office and encouraged the institute to do more. The Council Chairman and the Director-General were taken to the Biotechnology Laboratory where they were briefed on research activities at the Lab.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 February 2016 18:08
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The Community Action in Improving Farmer-saved Seed Yam (CAYSEED) Project is holding its Annual Progress Review and Work Planning meeting at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Abuja in Nigeria. The meeting scheduled for 8 and 9 February, 2016 is bringing together all the project partners, including CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI), Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), Ghana, Catholic Relief Services (CRS-Ghana), IITA, Nigeria, National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Umudike, Nigeria and Diocesan Development Services (MSHR/DDS), Nigeria. Also participating are officials from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) of the United States, funders of the Project.
Presentations are being made on the achievement of the major components of the project, namely, Component 1: Quality seed yam production and agronomic technologies for improved seed yam productivity (Positive Selection); Component 2: Seed yam degeneration studies; Component 3: Gender and social dynamics studies; Component 4: Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning and Cost effectiveness studies and Component 5: Governance and project management.
The Director of CSIR-CRI, Dr. Stella Ama Ennin in her opening remarks said the CAYSEED project is aimed at positively affecting the lives of 3,000 small holder farmers in eight major yam growing communities in Ghana and Nigeria, through innovative agricultural interventions. “I hope we shall have open discussions and critical analysis of the project implementation to ensure that we achieve our goal of improving the quality of small holder farmer-saved seed yam and productivity at the community level”, the Director said.
Mr. Lauren Good, Senior Programme Officer of BMGF said the Foundation considers the CAYSEED project as very important because of the project’s promise to positively influence yam production and food security in Africa by 2030.
In their goodwill message, the YIIFSWA project, through Dr. Norbert Maroya said, YIIFSWA will continue to collaborate and backstop the CAYSEED project for seed yam quality assurance through positive selection, virus diagnostics and supply of disease and pest free planting materials.

A group picture of participants at the Opening Ceremony

Dr. Stella Ama Ennin, Director, CSIR-CRI engaged with Dr. Beatrice Aighewi of IITA and CAYSEED Nigeria

Dr. Kingsley Osei, Regional Coordinator, CAYSEED Project (2nd from right) in a discussion with Mr. Lauren Good of BMGF (2nd from left) and partners from MSHR/DDS, Nigeria

A section of participants at the CAYSEED Annual Review Meeting at IITA, Abuja, Nigeria

Last Updated on Friday, 12 February 2016 18:03