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Enhancing collaboration for national biosafety in Ghana

USAID / Chemonics - Development of a web-based portal for the Ghana's National Biosafety Authority (NBA) to smoothen its operations with other regulatory agencies and promote transparency and efficiency.

SDG 15 - Life On Land

Project Detail

Background

 A communication and information sharing gap was identified by the National Biodiversity Association (NBA) especially for its operations with other evaluation bodies and stakeholders. It then decided, in conjunction with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop a website which facilitated easily accessible information especially by the various agencies that the National Biodiversity Association worked with. 

The need for this website was further stirred when the National Biosafety Authority was instituted to operate regarding modern biotechnology activities in Ghana. Its activities thereby featured agencies such as the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA).

Solution 

Bewsys was then designated to develop this website by collaborating with the NBA team. The web portal was designed and featured a national biosafety information system for handling requests of GMO compliance and used a web-based forum and a system for information sharing.

Impact 

From its pilot, it was determined that the web portal simplified the GMO certification process through easy collaboration with related agencies and also improved the entire agriculture climate in Ghana in terms of access to information on reducing post-harvest losses.

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Testimonials

FAO

Working with Bewsys has been a tremendous journey. We have not reached our destination, but we are enjoying the ride. Although it was supposed to be a corporate function, at meetings, we built rapport and trust with the consultants, and at the same time, they enhanced efficiency and collaboration.

World Cocoa Foundation (WCF)

Bewsys sure knows what it’s about. I’m particularly thrilled with the use of technology to accomplish tasks and also with the packaging of deliverables.

Proforest

Great service. I will recommend any day, anytime.

USAID

The Bewsys team worked professionally on our assignment and sought to deliver our needs with great patience and creativity. They are reliable and competent, and I recommend them for any assignment. Bewsys sure knows what it’s about. I’m particularly thrilled with the use of technology to accomplish tasks and also with the packaging of deliverables.

Chemonics

Very professional in their work and client communication. I was really impressed with their ability to meet all their deliverable schedules and, above all, submit a comprehensive user manual. I will recommend them to other projects.

UNDP Phillipines

Bewsys has been able to deliver what was expected based on the agreed timelines. The inception mission in the Philippines has been successful, and discussions with various stakeholders have been fruitful. Bewsys showed eagerness to know more about the unique requirements of the portal upon hearing it from firsthand users. They were able to accommodate various questions, comments, suggestions, and recommendations from different stakeholders, mainly from the government side, with each agency with unique requirements.

International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

Bewsys staff are results-oriented and adapted a lot of tasks, and were flexible to ensure the solution they provided was the best. A feather in their cap!

Association of African Universities

There is a great need for digital systems development in Africa. I think it will be essential to continue supporting institutions such as Bewsys so they can do these jobs better. Also, we need to think about solutions that can be deployed quickly to support other institutions where there is a match in need.