WACWISA participates in development of solar irrigation curriculum

Ho, – A team from the West African Centre for Water, Irrigation and Sustainable Agriculture (WACWISA) of the University for Development Studies (UDS) has participated in a workshop to develop curriculum for Solar Powered Irrigation System (SPIS) in the country.

The four-day Curriculum Review Workshop, held in Ho, brought together other stakeholders from research and training institutions and the private sector with the goal of enhancing collaboration.

This is in line with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) Green People’s Energy Project, which aims at increasing the use of solar energy in irrigation of agricultural crops across the country.

The development of the curriculum forms part of activities under components of the one-year project, signed as a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between WACWISA-UDS and GIZ-Green People’s Energy Project.

Under the MoU, WACWISA-UDS will train sector players in the five regions – Northern, North East, Savannah, Upper East and Upper West.

WACWISA was established in 2019 by the UDS as a semi-autonomous centre of excellence to undertake cutting-edge research and training in irrigation, drainage, water resources management, sustainable agriculture, climate change, and food and nutrition security.

Currently, it has 138 students from 25 countries pursuing Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes in Irrigation and Drainage Engineering and Environmental Management and Sustainability.

With a tagline “Building Capacities for Sustainable Solutions”, WACWISA build’s capacities of trainees and graduate students through short courses, Master’s, PhD and post-doctoral level programmes, as well as undertakes applied and advanced research, and develops sustainable localised technologies in water resources, irrigation, climate change, sustainable agriculture and food and nutrition.

WACWISA’s training and research programmes are enhanced through established partnerships with research institutions and industry partners within and outside the country.

The training system emphasises quality and capacity building for students and places premium on practical skills and solutions to industry problems.

Meanwhile, the GIZ Green Energy People’s Project has supported the establishment of a SPIS demonstration site for training and research purposes at WACWISA, located at the Nyankpala Campus of UDS.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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