The MoU signing ceremony, which took place at the Headquarters of the Association of Vice Chancellors of Ghana in Accra, was well attended.
In the agreement, the OAD is assigned the role of developing the blueprint, proposal and implementation plan of the FOODGOALS initiative and also develop, coordinate and mobilize the fundraising activities of the FOODGOALS initiative which seeks to reward farmer and agricultural researchers across Africa.
AASU on the other hand will be responsible for sensitizing both the educated and uneducated youth of Africa on the lucrativeness of agriculture through innovations and creativity since it remains the apex umbrella body of all students across the continent home to about 16.5% of the world’s population. The AASU nonetheless will also assist in the formulation of student clubs on the various campuses across Africa to nurse interest and help disseminate the message of lucrative agriculture.
The Secretary General and Head of Missions of the All-African Student Union- Mr. Peter Kwesi Kodjie in his speech before the signing reiterated some of the past initiatives and activities both organisations have organized together. The two organisations have in the past, initiated programmes together aimed at making agriculture a lucrative venture for both the educated and uneducated youth on the African continent which is a basic tenet of the FOODGOALS initiative of OAD. He stressed on the extensive help and assistance that the AASU have benefited from the OAD and added that the formalization of the relationship will bring the relationship into a whole new light capable of elevating the AASU to higher levels.
Mr. Bonaventure Aguissi the Founder/Donor Member of OAD who signed the MoU on behalf of OAD maintained that, it was necessary to formalize the agreement in order to galvanize the on-going collaboration on the FOODGOALS initiative. He further urged the AASU to utilise their presence in all countries of Africa to preach sustainable peace and work industriously to achieve it through agriculture, since the continent remains the richest in terms of natural resources but economically the poorest. Mr. Aguissi made the statement that, the collaboration is a rising sun for greater successes for both organisations.