Delegates from 21 African countries and a number of voluntary organisations are attending a 10-day international workshop in Accra, capital of Ghana.
Delegates from 21 African countries and a number of voluntary organisations are attending a 10-day international workshop in Accra, capital of Ghana. The workshop - on rural development - has been roganised by the Economic Commission for Africa, the International Labour Organisation and the Government of Accra.
The conference was opened on Friday (22 November) by Ghanaian Commissioner for Labour, Social Welfare and Co-Operatives, Lieutenant-Colonel K.B.Agbo. In his address, Lieutenant-Colonel Agbo described Ghana's "Operation Feed Yourself" as "A realistic attempt to tackle the problem of rural development from the grass roots."
The 200 delegates also heard Ghana's Social Welfare Director, Mr. I.K.Boateng, Chairman of the Workshop, appeal to international voluntary organisations to refrain from presenting Africa as a totally backward, disease-ridden continent in their efforts to ralse funds for rural development. He emphasised that "these pictures must be properly balanced with developments in the fields of health, nutrition and overall rural development".