Food is a moral right
In a video, UGent-alumnus Emmanuel Amoakwah (Ghana) explains how he is trying to reduce poverty and hunger in his country. As a result, he was awarded the winning prize at a competition organized by the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at UGent on May 20, 2019.
"Food is the moral right of all those who were born in this world." With this sentence, the Ghanaian Emmanuel Amoakwah starts the video that he submitted for a competition of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at UGent. The aim was to reward ex-students who work for a better world, using the knowledge they acquired at the faculty. Emphasis was placed on specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Emmanuel Amoakwah took a master's degree in Physical Land Resources at UGent from 2006 to 2008. He received a grant for this from VLIR-UOS. Since then, he has been trying to increase the productivity of small farmers in his country. "The relationship between agriculture and economic growth and development cannot be emphasized enough, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa", he says. "Farmers earn little because they cannot harvest enough. The main reason for this is that the soil is not well managed. As a result, soil health is deteriorating sharply".
His doctoral research showed him that biochar can restore weathered tropical soils. Biochar is a type of carbon generated by decomposition of organic material at elevated temperatures. He is currently trying to combat a devastating cabbage disease.
Watch his video (4').