The Vice-Dean of the School of Agriculture of the University of Cape Coast, Prof. Kwame Agyei Frimpong, has been offered sponsorship to the tune of $ 11,200 to participate in an Executive Master of Science in Precision Agriculture at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) in Morocco.
The eight-week programme which is developed by the African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI) and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) will be held during the 2021-2022 academic year.
As part of the arrangement, the tuition, accommodation, and board for the programme as well as round trip airline tickets between Accra and Morocco for each week would be covered by the sponsorship package.
The sponsorship was communicated in an invitation letter signed by Dr. Steve Phillips, the Course Coordinator and Principal Scientist at APNI, and addressed to the Director of Research Innovation and Consultancy (DRIC), Prof. Frederick Ato- Armah, and copied to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Prof. Johnson Nyarko Boampong.
The letter partly read “We are pleased to extend an invitation to Prof. Kwame Frimpong to participate in the course as our honored guest. We consider Prof. Frimpong to be a critical partner in our effort to prioritize precision agriculture education in the curricula of B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. programs at agricultural universities throughout Africa.”
The letter also acknowledged Prof. Frimpong’s expertise in Precision Agriculture, “His international recognition as an expert in precision agriculture and nutrient management, his professional networks, and his position as President of the African Association for Precision Agriculture uniquely position him to champion this effort and we are committed to further building his capacity by investing in him through this opportunity.”
The African Plant Nutrition Institute is a not-for-profit research and education organisation headquartered on the campus of Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Benguérir, Morocco.
The institute has programmes operating in 20 countries across the continent led by world-class researchers and educators who possess years of experience working in Africa as well as other regions in the world.
In addition to the headquarters in Benguérir, APNI has offices in Settat, Morocco; Nairobi, Kenya; and Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire.
APNI’s core competence is crop nutrition and its mission is to innovate plant nutrition through evidence-based practices for a resilient and food-secure Africa.
Research and educational programs demonstrate scalable impacts on crop productivity, farm profitability, and environmental sustainability towards the broader goal of food and nutrition security.
APNI partners with governments, NGOs, agribusiness, scientists, farmers, and other stakeholders who share APNI’s vision of reducing poverty, hunger, and malnutrition.