Africa Must Invest In Agric

Africa-agricultureThe Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), in collaboration with African Business Schools (AABS), has launched its maiden Agribusiness Management Programme with a call on African governments to make investment in agriculture their topmost priority.

The two institutions were of the view that the agricultural sector required huge investment, hence the need for players in the industry to play an active role in ensuring that the sector thrived.

Mr. Jerry Parkes, Managing Director of Injaro Investments, launching the programme in Accra, said it would provide quality business, management and leadership education to stakeholders in the agricultural development sector.

He said critical to African’s sustainable growth agenda was the transformation of the Agricultural sector, adding that it would be prudent for stake- holders in the industry to increasingly identify the need to deepen linkages and value to agricultural chain.

He said the new strategy to achieving this transformation demands a cadre of agribusiness professionals with relevant skills to drive the sector.

“There are enormous opportunities and wealth creation potentials that exists across the agricultural landscape in Africa and Ghana as a country should tap into it for national development,” he said.

Dr. Samuel Nii-Noi Ashong, Deputy Rector, GIMPA, speaking on the theme “Building the future of Agribusiness in Africa: The role of Management Education”, said the programme would address management and leadership skills gap in the sector and that there was the need for an action learning approach, with an emphasis on skills development, which the programme would offer to the agribusiness folks.

He encouraged players in the agric sector to enrol with the school to enable them acquire the needed knowledge for the  growth of their businesses. – Collins Boateng & Jessica Aryee    

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