The West African Centre for Water, Irrigation and Sustainable Agriculture (WACWISA) has organised a two-day Short Course for District Agriculture Officers and Field Technical Engineers from the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority (GIDA) in the Northern, Savanna, Upper West and Upper East Regions of Ghana. The short course training which was on the topic “Integrated Watershed Management for Sustainable Agricultural Production”, was held on 2nd and 3rd December 2019, at the University for Development Studies International Conference Centre (UDS-ICC). The aim of the course was to build the capacity of participants on sustainable watershed management. Topics covered included:
- What is Watershed Management
- Integrated Watershed Management
- Planning and Appraisal of Watershed Management
- Watershed/Catchment Protection
- Locally Lead Efforts to Protect Water Quality in Agriculture Watershed
- Sustainable Agriculture.
The Resource Persons for the two-day training were drawn from the West African Centre for Water, Irrigation and Sustainable Agriculture
Addressing participants at the close of the two-day training, the Director of WACWISA Prof. Felix K. Abagale, who is
also the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University, congratulated the participants for the knowledge they have acquired. He encouraged them to make their expertise in the new skills available to benefit the communities in which they work. He also informed the participants that short courses such as these will be run periodically every year and will be tailored towards addressing specific needs and gaps of industry practitioners who might not be able to enroll for fulltime academic training to fill such gaps.
In the end, participants expressed their satisfaction about the training programme, with some commitment to form watershed management committees in the communities where they work in order to improve sustainable agricultural production. Participants also recommended a collaboration between WACWISA and the District Assembly authorities to get their buy-in into such short courses in order to improve local level policy initiatives towards sustainable development.