By Director and staff, CSIR-Crops Research Institute
It was with shock that we learnt of the passing of this great son of the land, H.E. Dr. Kofi Annan.
His passion for ensuring food security in Africa brought him to the CSIR- Crops Research Institute in Kumasi on two occasions, in 2008 and in March 2015, where he visited research fields, interacted with management and staff, and contributed to shaping the vision and direction of the institute’s research into sweet potato, rice, maize, cassava, cowpea and groundnuts in partnership with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the International Potato Centre (CIP). His special interests in supporting the promotion of orange-fleshed sweet potato as a natural source of vitamin A for improved nutrition of children and pregnant women, and gender equity are notable.
The Director and staff of the CSIR-Crops Research Institute express our condolences to his wife NANE, who has partnered him in his vision, and to Ghana, Africa and the world, for such a great loss.