Mustapha Alasan Dalaa

National Partner Coordinator, Ghana
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)


What’s your role at AICCRA and the journey that led you here?  

For AICCRA Ghana, I lead the country level multi-partnership convenings and strategically support both national and CGIAR AICCRA partners in the codesign of innovative climate-smart agriculture (CSA) and climate information services (CIS) bundles using best-bet scaling approaches while catalysing and facilitating farmers' full access to adopting enablers.

I'm also the Environmental and Social Safeguards focal person for the AICCRA Ghana cluster supporting in-country initiatives to minimise all forms of risk associated with the project and in line with the World Bank's Environmental and Social Framework (ESF).

I combine my expertise in agricultural economics and international development management with my experience as a Program/Project Management Specialist to support transformative change in agri-food systems including innovative climate-smart strategies. My keen interest lies in understanding the impact of climate change and sustainable agriculture programs - pursuing impactful interventions in both international and local organizations across Africa, particularly initiatives that bridge the gap between research and practical implementation.

Tell us why you think AICCRA can deliver on a climate-smart future for Africa?

I have no doubt in my mind that AICCRA's Scaling of CIS and CSA innovations on multiple value chain crops is yielding the desired outcomes and creating enabling environment for thousands of smallholder farmers across our intervention countries to access and use these innovative approaches - with a wide range of positive spillover effects.

I am also confident that with AICCRA's strong partnerships at continental, regional and country levels, there is a promise of hope for Africa in mainstreaming CSA technologies. AICCRA is playing a critical role in delivering these urgent solutions aimed at increasing agricultural production and improving the lives of our hardworking farmers. AICCRA is also dedicated to influencing policies and dialogues that promote substantial investments in agriculture in Africa.