As part of the Ministry’s weekly lecture series, a debate on the topic “Are GMOs good for Ghana?” was organised by the Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Bureau (PPMEB), on Tuesday, 16th January, 2018. The purpose of the event was to debate, for or against Ghana’s acceptance of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).
The Director of Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Bureau, Mr. Samuel Kumah, in his opening remarks, stated that the world was constantly changing and one of the important aspects of our lives, which keeps on evolving is food security. Hence the need to organise such programmes, in order to educate participants on the topic.
In attendance, were officials from the Ministry, the media and invited guests. The resource persons who voted for the motion were Professor W.S. Alhassan, from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR); Mrs. Vivian Oduro, a research scientist at the Biotechnology and Nuclear Agricultural Research Institute (BINARI); Dr. Solomon Gyan Ansah, from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and Mr. Eric Okoree, from the National Biosafety Authority. Those who voted against the motion were Mr. Edward Karaweh from the General Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) and Mr. Edwin Baffour, from Food Sovereignty Ghana.