History of the College of Agriculture & Consumer Sciences
The invaluable contributions of Agriculture to the development of Ghana coupled with the need to train the required manpower to help improve the contributions of this viable sector to national development motivated the Ghana Cocoa Marketing Board (CMB) to donate a sum of £1 million to the University College of the Gold Coast in 1949/50, for the establishment of a Faculty of Agriculture. Teaching began in 1953/54 under a Department of Agriculture. By 1962/63 four Department had been established, namely;
a. Agricultural Economy and Farm Management
b. Animal Science
c. Biochemistry, Nutrition and Food Science
d. Crop Husbandry and Horticulture
In 1963, Biochemistry, Nutrition and Food Science decoupled to join the Faculty of Science. Over the years, there have been changes to improve the breadth and depth of the programmes in response to changing national needs. For instance, Divisions of Agricultural Extension and Farm Mechanization were started in 1965 as part of the Department of Agricultural Economy and Farm Management. These have since become full Departments of Agricultural Extension and Agricultural Engineering. The Division of Agricultural Economy retained the name Department of Agricultural Economy and Farm Management and subsequently after the year 2000, the name was further changed to Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness. In addition, a B.Sc. Home Science degree programme was introduced in 1966. In 1982, the Division of Soil Science under the Department of Crop Science became a Department. Recently, the Department of Agricultural Engineering has become one of the components of the newly established Faculty of Engineering Sciences. Thus currently, there are six Departments in the School of Agriculture namely;
a. Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness
b. Agricultural Extention
c. Animal Science
d. Crop Science
e. Soil Science
f. Family & Consumer Sciences (formerly Department of Home Science)
The Faculty initially offered a three-year B.Sc. (General Agricultural Degree) until 1962/63 when a four-year B.Sc. (Honours) Agriculture Degree in Animal Science, Crop Science, Agricultural Economics or Soil Science was introduced. In 1973/74 academic year, however, the programme was revised to a three-year B.Sc. Agriculture Degree in Animal Science, Crop Science, Soil Science and Agricultural Economics. Recently, after the Nation Education Reform Programme was introduced in 1987, an additional year was introduced as Level 100 that makes all degree programmes last for four years. The B.Sc. Home Science degree has similarly undergone some modifications over the years. Currently, the department offers both B.Sc. and B.A. degrees in Home Science.
To enhance the faculty’s teaching and research Programmes, three Agricultural Research Stations (ARS) were established and strategically located at Legon (Nungua), Kade and Kpong. ARS Legon (formerly ARS Nungua) was established by the Faculty in 1953. ARS Kpong was originally established in 1954 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) to study irrigated and mechanized farming. It was later taken over by the University as the Agricultural Irrigation Research Station, (AIRS) Kpong in 1957. ARS Kade was set up in 1957/58 with a grant of one million Pounds from CMB.
The three Research Stations are now designated as Research Centres (ARC) at Kade, Kpong and Legon. There is also a Biotechnology Research Centre which together with the three Research Centres for the Institute of Agricultural Research. Thus the College of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences is made up of the School of Agriculture, the newly established School of Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Agricultural Research, and yet to be established School of Family and Consumer Sciences (now Department of Family & Consumer Sciences).
Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness
The roles and functions of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness within the College of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences include the following:
1. To provide trained personnel to meet the nation's demand for high level professional manpower in agricultural sciences, agricultural economics, agricultural administration, agribusiness management in research, teaching, advisory work and business management.
2. To provide extension services to government agencies, multinational agencies, private companies, and private individuals in the fields of agricultural economics, agribusiness and rural development.
The Department, created in 1961 under the name Department of Agricultural Economy and Farm Management changed its name to Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness in May 2002. This change of name was necessitated by the global trends in the field of Agricultural Economics and the need to highlight the agribusiness aspects of the academic programmes the Department has ran over the years.
The Department currently offers courses in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness and Agricultural Administration at the Post-graduate level, Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at the Undergraduate level and contributes to the running of the Diploma course.
The Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness aspires to be a centre of excellence in research and training in the areas of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Administration and Agribusiness. It seeks to provide a congenial environment for the training of highly qualified and enterprising agricultural economists, agricultural administrators and agribusiness practitioners for the purposes of training/teaching, research and extension.
Department of Agricultural Extension
The Department's vision is to become a centre of excellence for the training of change agents and managers, irrespective of their technical background (be it health, agriculture, environment, nutrition, forestry etc.) in effective and efficient extension delivery to rural people.
The Department of Agricultural Extension provides quality teaching, research and extension in human resource and organizational development for agricultural and rural development, and poverty reduction. The focus of the above mandate is driven by current and emerging issues such as food security, land and forest degradation, millennium development goals, poverty reduction, decentralization, gender and development, rural enterprise development, and rural and agricultural finance.
Emerging issues in the delivery and finance of Agricultural Extension worldwide such as cost sharing, privatization, participatory approaches to rural development, strengthening farmer-based organizations, and convergence of scientific have also been instrumental in dictating the research focus of the department.
The teaching staff of the Department of Agricultural Extension have qualifications, and experience in development training, monitoring and evaluation of projects, rural enterprise development, biological and socio-economic surveys, and rural livelihoods diversification issues.
The staff has individually and collectively undertaken consultancies and researches in the following areas:
- Evaluation and project appraisal especially on community and rural development programmes using participatory methodologies in planning and implementation of projects.
- Participatory evaluation of several Governmental and Non-Governmental Projects.
- Training in the use of participatory methodologies in rural development activities
- Design, implement and evaluate Training of Trainers workshops for Local and International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Government agencies.
- Design, implement and evaluate training for Management and Field level staff in various aspects of their roles and duties, especially with a focus on participatory practices in their respective projects.
Department of Animal Science
The Department of Animal Science was established in 1961 to produce personnel equipped with the requisite skills and a good understanding of the basic principles of animal production with the view to increase the production of meat and other animal products and subsequently reduce the national problem of malnutrition. It has since its inception evolved to become a fully fledged Department within the College of Agriculture & Consumer Sciences.
To build a centre of excellence that trains Livestock Scientists and Animal Husbandry Development Officers with thorough knowledge of the animal production sector of the Ghanaian economy and the skills to enhance animal productivity; continuously improve the capacity of the private sector in meeting the demands of the growing market for quality meat and other products as well as execute mission-oriented and demand-driven research for knowledge acquisition while maintaining dynamic outreach programmes for the development of Ghana's agriculture.
To train livestock scientists and animal agriculturists to enhance animal productivity and to continually execute mission-oriented, cutting-edge research for knowledge acquisition while maintaining dynamic outreach programmes for the development of Ghana's agriculture.
Department of Crop Science
Our Vision is to become an internationally recognized centre of excellence for training and research offering demand-driven and affordable training programmes and undertaking problem-solving research and extension that meet the needs of the farming community in small-scale and large-scale agriculture and agribusiness industry to ensure food security in Ghana and the West Africa sub-region.
The mission of the Department of Crop Science is to provide an enabling environment that will attract and maintain high caliber crop scientists to develop quality graduates and strategies for sustainable production of crop through the strengthening of both basic and applied research, training/ teaching and extension. We have 12 major goals through which we intend to fulfill this mission.
- Development of crops that have high water-use efficiency (drought-tolerance), are high yielding, early maturing, and high consumer acceptability.
- Development of environmentally compatible strategies for the efficient management of pests and diseases.
- Developing of cropping systems for food and value-added products, which are compatible with environment safeguard.
- Advancement of biotechnological innovations in improved crop development.
- Identification, development and application of advances in science and technology leading to improved production of safe and nutritious food.
- Playing a strong and key advocacy role in technology transfer to agriculture and the food industry.
- Training of competent and highly motivated graduates of careers in agriculture, food and environmental science, and capable of making significant contributions to the national effort in crop production, and to foster in these graduates life-long habits of leadership, innovation and extension service delivery.
- Development of low-cost, high intensity modified Hydroponics systems for small and urban farm production.
- Continuous review of curricular and developing demand-driver research and extension linkages
- Assisting governments and other Stakeholders in developing agriculture policies that will facilitate and enhance increased agricultural productivity.
- Organisation demand-driven short courses in various aspects of crop production and protection.
- Dissemination of research findings through seminars, workshops and publications.
Department of Soil Science
The Division of Soil Science was upgraded to a full-fledged Department in 1982 following the increasing awareness of the role Soil Science plays in increasing agricultural production. The major activities of the Department covers teaching and scientific research on problems related to productivity and maintenance of soil resource base of Ghana to ensure sustainable agricultural production and environmentally related issues such as pollution, land and air quality and climate change. Research findings and advisory services are made available to small-scale farmers and large-scale agricultural producers. Soil and plant testing services are provided by the Department to clients.
The Department offers courses at the Diploma (NDA), Bahelors (B.Sc. Agriculture) and Postgraduate (M.Phil and Ph.D) with speialization in Soil Science and Environmental Soil Science, Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry, Soil Chemistry, Fertitlity and Plant Nutrition, Pedology and Landscape Processes, Soil Physis and Conservation. The Department has ollaborative research projects with other research institutes in Europe and the U.S.A.Vision and Mission Vision Develop an excellent, world class Department to produce soil scientists who have cutting-edge scientific skills and expertise in both agricultural and non-agricultural concerns.
Teach students current concepts in soil and environmental resources that would enhance their competence and provide them with knowledge in changing trends in soil science globally.Produce top quality graduates who would excel in their fields of endeavour and impact positively on their communities.
Conduct relevant basic and applied research to address problems, generally in Agriculture and specifically in soil and the environment in order to enhance the development of the nation.
Provide gender sensitive and environmentally sound extension services in the management of soils and sustainable agricultural production.
Collaborate with sister universities in Ghana and overseas in research and teaching and foster closer relationship to enhance exchange programmes for lecturers, students and technical staff.
Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
The Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, formerly Department of Home Science was established in 1965 under the leadership of a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Virginia Cutler. Currently, the curriculum allows for courses leading to the award of MPhil, BSc and BA degrees in Home Science. There are different major areas of study, with structured outreach programmes, run by the department. These areas include Foods and Nutrition, Textiles and Clothing, Family Resource Management, Women and Development, and Human Development and Child Studies. At the undergraduate level, the department offers BSc Home Science for Science students and BA for General Arts students.
The Department of Family & Consumer Sciences is being nurtured into a fully fledged School of Family and Consumer Sciences. Employment opportunities exist in the following positions for graduates: Teachers/Lecturers, Researchers and Consultants in private and public organizations, Extension officers, Social Welfare officers, Advisors in Food and Household equipment industries, Nutritionists and Dieticians, Fashion Designers/Dressmakers, Human Resource Managers, Marriage Counsellors/Community Advisors, Early Childhood Education, Specialists and Consumer Education Specialists.
VISION AND MISSION
To recognized as a first class Home Science institution with a fully-fledged school status, that has adequate human and material resources to enable it excel in teaching and research and to improve the well being of families, reduce poverty and conscientize consumers to make cogent and cost effective decisions.
The mission of the Home Science Department is to prepare young and talented professionals/scientists to make innovative discoveries in family and consumer sciences and also to preserve and improve the quality of life through scholarly studies of individuals, families and society in a continually evolving environment.
School of Veterinary Medicine
To achieve excellence in teaching, training and research in the field of Veterinary Medicine.
To improve disease detection, prevention and management in livestock, companion animals and wildlife, using the best clinical practice, through training of the highest quality that produces the best Veterinary Surgeons or Practitioners, Research Scientists and Public Health experts.
THE VETERINARY PROGRAMME
This is a 6-year programme comprising:
- Pre-professional phase (Semesters 1 & 2) of Biological Science option of the level 100 of the Faculty of Science.
- This is to be used to upgrade the level of SSCE/WASSCE candidates. The professional phase of the curriculum consists of:
- Basic Veterinary Sciences (Semester 3 & 4) including Veterinary Gross Anatomy, Histology,Embryology, Physiology, Biochemistry and Animal Production.
Para-Clinical courses (Semester 5,6,7 &8) comprising Veterinary Microbiology, Veterinary Parasitology, Pathology, Pharmacology,Animal Nutrition, Breeding and Management, Ruminant and Monogastric Production, General Medicine and General Surgery.
Clinical Veterinary Medicine (semester 9,10,11 & 12) comprising Clinical Anatomy, Clinical Pathology, Medicine, Surgery, Theriogenology, Epidemiology and Disease Prevention, Food (Meat and Milk Hygiene and Inspection, Zoonoses and Environmental Health, Obstetrics, Mastitis and Udder Management, Veterinary Economics and Business Management, Veterinary Ethics, Jurisprudence and Extension, Clinics and Student Project. Long Vacations (Level 100-500) will be spent on attachment to livestock farms, laboratories, abattoirs or Veterinary Clinics.
Veterinary graduates will be required to seek registration from the Veterinary Council of Ghana and be given license to practice as Veterinary Surgeon in Ghana. Employment opportunities exist in Veterinary Services Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture and Government regulatory bodies such as Ghana Standards Board and Food and Drugs Board. Additional employment opportunities exist in the Military, Police Service, Customs and Excise Preventive Service, and Game and Wildlife Department.
Other graduates can specialize in public health and be employed as experts of Veterinary Public Health, regulating meat and milk hygiene practices. Graduates who would like to specialize in various Bio-Medical disciplines can be employed in Bio-medical Research Institutes such as Animal Research Institute (CSIR), Agricultural Research Centres of the Universities and Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.
|K. G. Aning||Ph.D (Liverpool)||Ag. Dean/ Associate Professor||Microbiology/Immunology|
|B. Awumbila||Dr. MedVet (Justus Liebeg-Gissen)||Associate Professor||Veterinary Pathology|
|H. Otsyinah||DVM (ABU)||Lecturer||Virology|
|E. Boye Mensah Koney||Lecturer||Veterinary Parasitology|
|Nancy A. Etsey||MPhil.(Ghana)||Assistant Lecturer||Histology/Embryology|
Programmes and Admission Requirements
ADMISSION TO THE SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE (SVM).
I. WASSCE/SSSCE Candidates are required to pass in: o Core Mathematics, English language, Integrated Science and Social Studies o Three Electives in Biology, chemistry and either Physics or Mathematics.
II. Candidates who have passed the Bachelor's degree in Biological or Allied Science or Animal Science may be considered for admission to Level 200 on the recommendation of a Special committee appointed by the Dean of the SVM.
Holders of the Diploma in Animal Health who pass with distinction and also satisfy the minimum requirements for admission into the University of Ghana may also be considered for admission to Level 200 subject to passing an interview.
For further details, contact:
Co-ordinator of Veterinary Programme: Professor K. G. Aning, DVM. Ph.D. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or the Administrative Assistant: Beatrice E. Awotwi-Pratt Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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