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Director's Foreword

The Bureau of Integrated Rural Development (BIRD) is one of the foremost and leading research departments of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). The mission of BIRD is to provide an interface between the university and rural communities. BIRD aims at transferring innovations and other services available at the university to promote rural development which will enhance the quality of life in rural areas. Additionally, the vision of BIRD is to be a center par excellence in Africa for research and socio-economic development through the provision of extension, research and consultancy services to government, donors, NGOs and rural communities in Ghana and the West African sub-region.

BIRD conducts comprehensive inter-disciplinary research, training, consultancy and advisory service in rural development. Our high quality research projects, seminars and publications encompass almost all areas of rural development, rural enterprises development, natural resource management, project planning and management, and good track record for training, capacity building and rural institutional development. BIRD has working experience in all the ten Regions in Ghana and is at the forefront of discussions on many contemporary issues related to rural development. BIRD has a reputable inter-disciplinary team who are well accomplished in their disciplines.

BIRD has worked with numerous institutions and organizations which include Central Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Bilateral and Multilateral Aid Agencies, International Academic Institutions and Non-Governmental Organizations.

The services offered by BIRD include the following key areas: Provision of Consultancy Services, Research and Development Planning, Capacity Building and Institutional Development, Gender and Development, Environment and Entrepreneurial Development of Small and Medium Scale Industries.

BIRD hopes that any organization that goes through the brief details provided on this site will be inspired to engage its services in promoting sustainable rural development and life as a whole.   

Sincerely yours, Dr. Ebenezer Owusu-Addo