Kees van ‘t Klooster has been appointed part time professor at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University for Development Studies in Tamale, Ghana. The aim of this appointment is stimulating scientific cooperation between Ghana and Netherlands within the agricultural domain and venturing into development of irrigated agriculture in Northern Ghana.
The chair position is financed by Wienco Ghana Ltd. It also covers funding to the university to allow investigations into new and promising opportunities and possibilities for agricultural developments in Ghana. The appointment is also a next step in the cooperation between Alterra and the University of Development Studies, as they are already partners in capacity building for the integrated development of the Sisilu-Kulpawn irrigation project.
Kees van ‘t Klooster is involved right now in a call for proposals of the Wienco Research Fund. “It is increasingly evident that development of agriculture can play a major role in Ghana,” the university announced. “Interventions that can accelerate this development are most welcome. Research has a role to play in developing and testing such interventions, and will often be of a multidisciplinary nature. Wienco Ghana Ltd is creating a Yagaba Field Station that is available for testing innovative interventions. The University of Development Studies has a community of staff and students that can contribute to the development of these interventions. Through sponsorship of Wienco, research grants can be given to selected proposals to support such multidisciplinary research proposals.