The West African Centre for Sustainable Rural Transformation (WAC-SRT) has established a Living Lab at the University for Development Studies (UDS) funded by the European Union. It would serve as a training centre for beneficiaries in aquaponics, hydroponics, and insect farming.
The establishment of the Living Lab at the Nyankpala Campus of UDS was part of the inauguration of Integrated and Circular Technologies for Sustainable City Food System in Africa (INCiTiS-FOOD PROJECT) in Ghana.
The project seeks to improve food and nutrition security in Africa and reduce the food-system-related environmental footprints while contributing to circularity.
Professor Seidu Al-Hassan, Vice-chancellor of UDS, speaking during the inauguration of the INCiTiS-FOOD PROJECT and the establishment of the Living Lab centre at Nyankpala, said the establishment was one of the eight Living Labs developed across Africa within the framework of the European Union Horizon Projects.
He said the Living Lab was a fenced farm area with shaded trees and other ecosystem services conducive to integrated fish-vegetable farms, and the site was constructed and fenced with corrugated wire mesh on large tracts of land. He said the setup for the aquaponics was housed in a shaded house to provide a serene environment to allow for all-year-round production.
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