A delegation of officials from the West African country of Ghana met with University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences faculty recently to discuss possible linkages between Ghana and UAPB.
Members of the delegation are interested in developing opportunities for students to attend UAPB. They are also interested in developing an exchange program in which students from both countries could study for a year or more in the other country and receive credit toward graduation.
“What’s exciting about the Ghana delegation visit is that members included the Governor and local government, and nonprofit and commercial leaders from the Volta region, a geographical area that encompasses the River Volta and Lake Volta,” Dr. Pamela Moore, associate director for Global Engagement at UAPB, said.
The delegation is also interested in investigating opportunities for farmers in Ghana to come to UAPB to study modern, sustainable agricultural techniques so they can return to Ghana and apply them to their farms. They are also interested in developing the equivalent of an Extension program to better disseminate information learned at UAPB throughout Ghana.
“Similar to the Arkansas Delta, agriculture is a key player in the region’s economy,” Dr. Moore, said. “ Given the delegation’s interest in agriculture, rural development, education and public health, we believe that this emerging collaboration fits quite nicely with our current Global River Basin Initiative.”