The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently donated vehicles and equipment to the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI).
Located in the Tolon District in the northern region of Ghana, the institute received three Toyota Hilux pickups and 41 desktop computers through the U.S. government's hunger and food security initiative known as Feed the Future. The initiative is intended to assist Ghana by enhancing agricultural productivity in rice, soybeans and maize; increase incomes of smallholder farmers in rural areas; and improve farmers' access to technologies such as higher yielding seed varieties.
SARI is one of the 13 institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. It aims to provide small scale farmers in northern Ghana with the tools necessary to increase food production while maintaining soil fertility, and to produce a variety of crops to meet the range of needs of farmers.
"The vehicles will give SARI additional mobility to reach even more communities in the north, and the new equipment will strengthen their ability to conduct quality agricultural research," U.S. Ambassador Robert Jackson said. "We are fully committed to working with SARI to drive long-term economic growth in the region."