Science and Technology Policy Research Institute

Science and Technology Policy Research Institute

Our Vision is to become an international institution that facilitates the development, transfer, utilization and management of Science, Technology

The Vision of CSIR-STEPRI is to become an international institution that facilitates the development, transfer, utilization and management of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) tailored to meet the specific needs of Ghana and Africa. Currently, CSIR-STEPRI has as its primary Mission, to conduct research to provide knowledge-based information to contribute to the formulation and implementatio

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The CSIR is hosting the first review of the draft National Policy for Aflatoxin Control in Food and Feed by members of the National Steering Committee for Aflatoxin Control.


CSIR –STEPRI has hosted a 2 day Participatory Livestock and Poultry Value Chain Analysis Workshop under the LEAP-AGRI SPEAR Project. Read More at 15/08/2019

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CSIR- STEPRI Holds Workshop

The CSIR-STEPRI as part of its involvement in the AFRICA RISING Project has held a workshop to validate findings on research undertaken. The theme of the the workshop was:

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of Ghana will be organizing a A TWO-DAY REGIONAL WORKSHOP in ACCRA.

Date : OCTOBER 22ND -23RD, 2019.

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Workshop on Research Dissemination and Agenda Setting For National Policy for Aflatoxin Control in Food and Feed

The science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI), of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is pleased to invite you to a “Dissemination and Agenda Setting” workshop on 3rd and 4th July 2019 at MENSVIC HOTEL, East Legon, Accra, Ghana.
CSIR-STEPRI is coordinating a project to develop a national policy and technical regulation for aflatoxin control in food and feed. As part of the process, a situational analysis has been conducted to understand the current state of affairs with regard to issues related to aflatoxins in Ghana. The overall goal of the project is to catalyse and sustain an inclusive agricultural transformation by farmers, traders, processors, other value chain actors and consumers.
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The CSIR-STEPRI in collaboration with the Ghana Commission for UNESCO has held a two day workshop on Employment and Entrepreneurship for some selected youth here in Accra. The workshop which was part of a project on youth employment and Entrepreneurship being undertaken by the Institute with funding from UNESCO was chaired by the Deputy Director General of the CSIR-Ghana, Prof. Paul Bosu.
The theme for the workshop was ‘Harnessing the Potential of the Youth for the Effective Utilization of Technologies for Economic Transformation’
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The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) Ghana Chapter as part of its drive to educate the general public and to create awareness on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has organized a panel discussion with the scientific community in Accra. The main aim of the Discussion was to dialogue on various issues pertaining to the development, promotion and benefits or otherwise of GMOs in Ghana. The discussions among other things included the GM Technology, its safety as food and the commercialization of GM products developed in the country. Participants also shared their views on the way forward for genetically modified technologies, their associated products and impacts on Ghana’s economy.
The theme of the event was: From Lab to Market: Accelerating Technological Advancement for Enhanced Economic Growth.
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The CSIR-STEPRI, last Thursday on the 9th of May,2019, hosted a Gambian delegation who were in the country to learn about best practices, especially in the area of Science and Technology Innovation Policy formulation.

The delegation was led by Mr. Sulayman Barry who is the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research Science & Technology. He was accompanied by Professor Francis Sarr, the Dean of School of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of the Gambia, Mr. James Gomez, Acting Director of Research, Madam Kumba Jammeh, the Principal Research Officer both of the the Directorate of Research at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST).

Welcoming the delegation to STEPRI, Dr. Mrs. Adelaide Agyeman, the Deputy Director of the institute who chaired the meeting, was grateful for their visit and their interest to study what we do here. Mr Sulayman Barry gave the purpose for which they were visiting and was very happy that the CSIR STEPRI had accepted their invitation and received them so warmly.

Dr. Godfred Frempong of the Industry and Service Division made a presentation to the group on how STEPRI has been able to build linkages and relationships in its policy framework. During his presentation, he gave a brief history of STEPRI and cited the visit as one of such examples by which we connect and maintain relationships with our external partners.

Dr. George Owusu Essegbey, Chief Executive Officer of the CSIR Technology Development and Transfer Center (TDTC) gave a brief background on the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.

AIso in attendance were:
Mr Godfried Acquaah-Arhin, Head of Administration,
Dr. E. K. Tetteh, Head of the Commercialization and Information Division
Dr. Richard Ampadu- Ameyaw, Head, Agriculture, Medicine and Environment Division
DR. Mrs. Rose Omari, Head, Industry and Service Division,
Mr. Jeffet Ekow Cobbah, Commercialization and Knowledge Management Officer and
Mr. Ibrahim Kwame Asante also of the CSIR Technology Development and Transfer Center (TDTC)
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CSIR-STEPRI Holds Workshop on
One of the critical issues plaguing most countries, especially those of the developing regions of the world, is youth unemployment. Statistics indicate that Ghana’s population is fairly young. A household survey indicates that from 2012, the age groups 15-24, and 24-35, accounted for 34 and 35 percent of the adult working age group (defined as ages 15-64). This data indicate that Ghana’s population is fairly youthful. This will be considered as strength and a capital for the nation, yet majority of these people find it difficult to access employment. Access to quality jobs has become a challenge to most of these people and they have become discouraged about the political economy of the country. As a result many are attempting migration to elsewhere. This situation poses a threat to both the societies where they live as well as agriculture and rural development as it is reportedly said that rural-urban migration is on the increase. The youth have therefore become both an opportunity and a challenge for the countries, including Ghana. Therefore the need to create jobs and employment for this social group become a top priority for the nation. And there could be no other time like this to explore the gaps in the employment history of this country and plug the lacuna with decent and quality jobs that are also sustainable.
It is against this backdrop, that the Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA) commissioned CSIR-Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) to conduct a study into how the job market in Ghana, and particularly in rural areas can be enhanced to produce productive and sustainable employment for the teeming youth population. In view of this a literature study was conducted recent and this puts a highlight on youth employment initiatives in the country. Generally, this study aims at exploring ways by which the potential and actual employment and income opportunities can be enhanced to create jobs for the rural youth in Ghana. This project will help fill gaps identified in the job market in Ghana and help provide information for policy makers for the formulation of workable and evidence based employment.

Consequently, a one day workshop was organized to brainstorm and find solutions to the above stated problems.

Objectives of the Workshop
The workshop sought to address among other the following question;

1. What are the employment related characteristics and aspirations of the youth (who apply for employment opportunities, self-employment opportunities included).

2. What have been the four large scale youth employment initiatives taken since the 2000s in the rural areas of the country, and what have been their outputs and outcomes?

3. What were the most promising youth employment opportunities that have remain under/un- tapped in the rural areas of the country and why such identified opportunities have been untapped to date?

4. What conducive conditions (regulations, investments, infrastructure, education and training, cultural transformations, aspiration matching, networks, etc.) should be put in place for tapping the most promising youth employment opportunities available in the rural areas of the country?

5. What was the role of youth associations in youth empowerment?

What form did the workshop take?
The workshop was in two parts. A brief presentation of what had been identified so far from literature and other key informant interviews in terms of the status and profile of employment institutions, number of job offers, challenges and opportunities available in the country and particularly in rural areas for the youth. This was followed by a Q&A session after which a group discussion was organized for participants to present the opinions on the data gathered as well as the way forward. Members from the represented organizations helped provide data to fill the gaps in the information gathered. Preliminary presentation of views was done. A report on the deliberations is currently underway. It is also expected that at a later date, stakeholders in this meeting would be called to validate the data collected and the report.

Who attended the Workshop?
The workshop organizers invited several organizations/institutions and individuals. These were mainly from the private and public sector and consisted of those whose activities hinged on the creation of employment, particularly rural youth employment. These include researchers (both local and international), donors, farmers, youth groups and other associations.

Dr. Mrs. Wilhemina Quaye, Director of the CSIR -STEPRI , opened the workshop with a welcome address and charged all present to work hard at producing a workable document from the workshop


CSIR-STEPRI / TIPC Organizes Workshop on E-Waste Management in Ghana from the Innovation Policy for Transformative Change Perspective

There is a new framing for science, technology, and innovation (STI) policy termed “transformative innovation policy,” (TIP). TIP has potential to promote transformation of systems and societies in ways that foster environmental sustainability, achieve more equitable income distribution and help address other social challenges including gender, inequality, and exclusion. Hence, using the TIP to frame STI policy in Ghana would present potential for harnessing the power of STI as a driver for the achievement of not only sectoral goals, objectives, and aspirations, but also for addressing critical societal social, economic, and ecological challenges. TIP was developed by the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) that comprises innovation researchers and policymakers in policy or funding agencies from Colombia, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Finland, China, Mexico, Panama and Brazil. TIPC is coordinated by the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, UK, and has a long-term vision of giving substance to the new framing of STI policy. In light of this, three new entrants, Ghana, Kenya and Senegal are participating in a process to establish a transformative innovation policy hub in Sub-Sahara Africa. Since the overall aim at TIPC is the co-creation of knowledge about transformative innovation policy, each of the three countries is required to conduct a case study on a societal developmental challenge using Transformative Innovation Learning Histories (TILH)
1.With the transformative innovative policy consortium, STI policy actors and relevant stakeholders work towards a more inclusive, sustainable development agenda through transforming national policy. The transformative innovation histories methodology is useful for both research and policy reflection.
It involves:
(i) Gathering multiple human accounts and documentation of a transformative innovation process and the role of policy,
(ii) Jointly constructing (within a team or group) written accounts and timelines based on recollection and documentation.
The TIPC team in Ghana chose to carry out a transformative innovative policy case study on e-waste management in Ghana. The choice was made after a careful consideration of the effective use of the key pillars of the TIP approach including directionality, societal goal, system-level impact, opportunities for learning and reflexivity, conflict/consensus building and inclusivity. Ghana has passed the hazardous and electronic Waste Control and Management Act, Act 917 (2016). We also have the hazardous, electronic and other waste control and Management Regulations (LI 2250) and the e-waste management guidelines. There is also an e-waste policy currently being developed and thus at the end of this brief project, we are hoping to indicate whether all the policy interventions on e-waste in Ghana are transformative and making the right impact, be it socially, economically and environmentally.

Planned TIPC-Ghana E-waste Workshop
The process of constructing a transformative innovation history stimulates discussion, reflection and learning and the findings can help inform the next steps for future research and transformative innovation policy experimentation. The TIPC Team in Ghana is organising a 2-day workshop from 25 – 26 April 2019 (1- day for focus group discussions with key stakeholders in a field visit setting on 25th April 2019 ahead of 1- day workshop at CSIR-Science and Technology Policy Research Institute on 26th April 2019). The purpose of the workshop includes: 1) To allow participants in transformative innovation processes to recognise transformative elements in the e-waste management; 2) To record and reflect experience and to conceive of ways to improve future performance of e-waste management; and 3) To help develop an understanding of how the transformative innovation happened, identify factors that led to success, particularly the role of policymaking, and areas for improvement. Participants of the focus group discussions and workshop are expected to: - Be part of a process that allows for collaborative analysis, networking and joint action between a range of actors involved in the ‘transformative’ e-waste management in Ghana; - Have opportunity to reflect on e-waste management through the lens of transformative innovation; and - Have a dedicated and ‘safe’ space to explore with a range of actors involved in e-waste management and gain a better understanding of main events, and viewpoints of all actors involved in e-waste. It is anticipated that at the end of the workshop, participants (researchers, policymakers, collectors, and others in the e-waste management value chain) would have better understanding of barriers and enablers to the transformative innovations in the e-waste management sector.

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Video address by Prof Mammo Muchie to the  participants at the Innovation Conference 2016
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