OPEN FORUM ON AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY (OFAB)
Was launched on 18 August 2011, as a country chapter to OFAB Africa also in response to the need for better understanding of a range of products; benefits and concerns associated with biotechnology; and for providing an opportunity to agricultural scientists and experts in Ghana, to bring the benefit of their knowledge to bear on finding solutions to Ghana's development problems.
At OFAB Ghana we seek to ensure that the critical mass of knowledge possessed by scientists on biotechnology is made available to policy makers and the public. OFAB Ghana engages its stakeholders through Conferences, Workshops, and Stakeholder meetings to bridge the gap between scientists and policy makers on the one hand and the public on the other. OFAB Ghana is hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) - the foremost scientific research institution in the Ghana.
Our Office is located at the Head Office of CSIR. The oversight ministry for the CSIR is the Ministry of Environment Science Technology and Innovation (MESTI). Despite the numerous scientific studies and evidence-based facts finding missions that have proved modern agricultural biotechnology derived products are economically sustainable and as safe as their conventional counterparts, many Ghanaians are sceptical of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). OFAB Ghana presents a proactive approach in making the facts clear on the GMO narrative. As part of our activities, OFAB Ghana has been training stakeholders on the facts of biotechnology.
Forging Strategic Alliances
Advocacy is best done in a coalition of like minds. Thus, OFAB Ghana continuously creates avenues for and leverages on a number of strategic alliances and networks. Through these partnerships OFAB Ghana has successfully worked with stakeholders and created training opportunities for them. For example OFAB Ghana partners have been trained on biotechnology at Cornell University, Ithaca New York, USA courtesy of our partnership with the Cornell Alliance for Science - which has broadened their understanding of biotechnology and its application in agriculture.