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George Visits KNUST

During the summer of 2021, ISU’s PhD student in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and a member of EWB-ISU chapter was hosted by KNUST to conduct his research and also monitor EWB-ISU’s projects in Ullo.

EWB-KNUST travel team in a group picture with George and representatives in Ullo Traditional Area during our June 2021 trip to Ullo.
EWB-KNUST travel team in a group picture with George and representatives in Ullo Traditional Area during our June 2021 trip to Ullo.

For his three-month stay in Ghana, he conducted a qualitative survey on the Shea women in Ullo. This was done in order to get a baseline information for EWB-ISU chapter’s and EWB-KNUST’s Ullo Shea Project for which he serves as the Real Engineer in Charge (REiC). 

A picture taken after a focus group discussion during the shea nut post-harvest assessment survey
A picture taken after a focus group discussion during the shea nut post-harvest assessment survey

 George also organized a workshop to train trainers on the post-harvest management of food grains and Shea nuts in Ullo. This workshop which had a direct impact to over 30 trainers was made possible through the involvement of Self Help International, which is one of our partners in all our projects in Ullo. Speaking to George about the workshop, he said “I’m happy EWB-KNUST and SHI were ready when the time was up for us to saw seeds in the lives of these farmers as I couldn’t have done this alone. I’m positive that the training we’ve given these farmers will have a ripple effect in the community where farmers will be experiencing less post-harvest losses”.

A group picture after the Post-harvest Loss Management training of trainers program in Ullo
A group picture after the Post-harvest Loss Management training of trainers program in Ullo

Asking about the exciting part of his trip, this is what George had to say:

 

“Haha … there’s been a lot, especially with staying in Ullo for about 4 weeks and getting the chance to spend some time with you (EWB-KNUST) there. Nevertheless, my greatest excitement has always been the impact we have made, and continue to make in the lives of the people in Ullo. I’m happy to be a part of this!!”. 

George Owusu and George Obeng-Akrofi

It’s was great to have George over the summer, and we look forward to seeing you him again!

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