Ghana News-All is set for the maiden edition of the Green Ghana Lecture Series and the grand finale of the Kuapa kokoo Inter-Tertiary Debate Competition scheduled for 30th May, 2018 at the plush Kempinski Hotel.
The programme is expected to be well patronized.
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor will be there as the Special Guest of Honor with the Chief of Staff; Frema Osei Opare and SDGs Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General; Prof. Jeffrey Sachs being the Guest Speakers.
The event forms part of activities to mark the 25th Anniversary of Kuapa Kokoo.
There will also be the unveiling of phone applications to help detect diseases of cocoa among other innovations put together by Kuapa Kokoo and Millennium Promise Alliance (MPA).
Inter-Tertiary Debate Competition
Four Universities have qualified for the final round of the Kuapa Kokoo Inter-tertiary institutions debate to be held at the Kempinski Hotel on the 30th May, 2018.
Eight universities took part in heated debates on motions related to Ghana’s cocoa sub-sector and how it could be enhanced and made more attractive to the youth of the country.
The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST), GIMPA, University of Cape Coast and the Kumasi campus of the University of Education, Winneba excelled while the University of Ghana, Ashesi University, Christian Service University College and the University of Professional Studies, Accra failed to make the mark.
The preliminary round of the competition which was held on the 30th April, 2018 at the British Council in Accra saw students, Farmers, Lecturers, Agribusiness players, staff of kuapa kokoo, staff of Millennium Promise Alliance, some session of the General public and the media converge at venue to support a great course.
The programme also solicited views from the farmers and other stakeholders on the motions under debate.
The panel discussion will bring together some of the best brains in the cocoa sector, especially, those in academia, private sector, public sector, business leaders in the value chain and civil society organizations to discuss strategic topics of common interest aimed at ensuring that the country derives maximum benefits from its cocoa in a sustainable manner. Some of the panelists include:
Hon. Mrs. Patricia Appiagyei, MP Asokwa
Nana Adusei Atwenewa Ampem I, Tepamanhene
Anthony Fofie, Former CEO COCOBOD
Dr. Kwaku Ofosu-Asare-Lecturer/Researcher GIMPA
Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, MP Dome/Kwabenya
Lawyer John Kumah, CEO NEIP
Madam Fatima Ali, President kuapa Kokoo Farmers union
Nana Yaw Akuoko, Otumfuor Asihene
Ameir Mbonde, Int’l Trade Consultant-Tanzania
Ghana Beyond Aid
Managing Director of Kuapa Kokoo Limited; Mr. Samuel Adimado believes the youth of the country must be empowered to take advantage of the “Ghana Beyond Aid” especially as it relates to agriculture.
The Chief of Staff will also be enlightening the Ghanaian youth on how to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the era of Ghana Beyond Aid to earn sustainable livelihoods.
Millennium Promise Alliance (MPA)
Millennium Promise Alliance has partnered Kuapa Kokoo in several ways to help cocoa farmers in Ghana. Chief Nat Ebo Nsarko; Country Director for Millennium Promise Alliance believes no effort should be spared in making farming attractive to the youth of Ghana.
He also believes the ideas of the Ghanaian youth should be sought in order to advance agriculture in the country.
He was excited at the success of the preliminary round of the Inter-tertiary debate competition and promised to support and institutionalize it since according to him, the “cross-pollination of ideas in such intellectual manner is invaluable and is worth sustaining for the development of the nation”.
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