ISSER hosts eighth Annual ReNAPRI Stakeholders Conference

Accra, Nov. 16, GNA — The Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER) is set to host the annual conference of the Regional Network of Agricultural Research Institutes (ReNAPRI) to engage in strategic dialogue with key stakeholders aimed at providing evidence-based guidance to African governments.

The 8th annual conference, which starts from 17th – 19 November 2021 at the ISSER Conference Facility, would bring together agricultural policy research institutes based in East, Central, South and West Africa.

This was made known to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Monday in a press release from ISSER

“The conference, which foregrounds contextual evidence and insights from several African countries, provides an inclusive and uniquely representative platform for exchanging ideas and insights, and identifying practical, coordinated and decisive recommendations,” the release said.

The conference, which would be held on the theme, “Transform: Towards Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems in Africa, ” would feature keynote presentations, panel discussions and interactive Q&A sessions.

In a message ahead of the conference, the Director of ISSER, Professor Peter Quartey said, “ISSER strongly believes in partnerships as well as sharing in the strengths and insights of other communities; we therefore deem our membership in ReNAPRI a welcome opportunity to learn and network with some of Africa’s most dynamic agricultural research institutes and unlock new ideas and opportunities for the good of ISSER, the University of Ghana and of Ghana.

“We are very excited to host the 8th annual ReNAPRI conference and look forward to giving – to the hundreds of participants attending from Africa and elsewhere around the globe – an enjoyable conferencing experience mixed with a taste of Ghana.”

Among the key speakers expected at the Re-NAPRI conference are Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister of Food and Agriculture, Ghana, Dr. Miltone Ayieko, Chairperson, ReNAPRI Board of Directors, Ms. Alexious Butler, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (USAID/ RFS), Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and Amb. Josefa Sacko, Commissioner, African Rural Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment.

Others include Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana (UG), Prof. Felix Asante, Pro-VC (UG), Prof. Daniel Ofori, Provost (College of Humanities, UG), Prof. Peter Quartey, Director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, and Alain Sy Traore, Director of Agriculture and Rural Development, ECOWAS.

ReNAPRI has held its stakeholders conference every year since 2014, hosted each year by alternate member institute who organizes and coordinates the conference with the able support of the Lusaka-based ReNAPRI Secretariat.

Organized under the hashtag #Renapri2021, the conference will take a hybrid mode of attendance, with both in-person and virtual audience.