CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI) and others have received the Best Maize Breeding Team, 2016 award under the project, Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA). The team representing Ghana was coordinated by Dr. (Mrs.) Priscilla Francisco Ribeiro, a research scientist from CRI who received the AWARD on behalf of Ghana. The other organizations are; CSIR Savanna Agriculture Research Institute (SARI), Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Savanna Seed Service Company, M&B Seed Company and Antika Seed Company. They received a cash prize of three thousand US dollars (US$3000) and a plaque.
Presenting the award to the Director of CSIR-CRI, Dr. (Mrs.) Priscilla Francisco Ribeiro, Coordinator of STMA pointed out that, the Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa
(STMA) project aims to mitigate constraints in maize production across many regions in sub-Saharan Africa. In West Africa, four countries are involved in the project (Ghana, Benin, Mali and Nigeria). Every year the best breeding team and best dissemination and promotion team are awarded for their hard work. The award is funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT).
Receiving the award from the Coordinator, the Director of the Institute congratulated the CSIR- CRI maize breeding team for their hard and encouraged them to work harder. She disclosed that CSIR-CRI has been winning the award for many years and indicated that innovation must be rewarded.
Previous awards received by the Institute include;
• Scientific Excellence and Innovation Award, 2016
• Gold Award for Exellence in Research during Ghana’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2007.
• National Best Agriculturer Researcher Award on eleven (11) ooccasions from the President of Ghana.
• Premier Presidential Gold Award for Best Scientist in Ghana, in 2011.
• Best Maize Breeding Team Award for West Africa in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
• Woman of Excellence AWARD in 2012.
• Best Maize Technology Development and Dissemination Team Award in 2015.
From left, Dr (Mrs.) Priscilla Francisco Ribeiro presenting
the award to Director of CSIR-CRI Dr. Stella Ama Ennin.
Dr (Mrs.) Priscilla Francisco Ribeiro, coordinator of STMA holding the plaque