REVIVER project

Cultivating Sustainable Solutions: Insights from the REVIVER Project Conference in Winneba, Ghana

In a three-day gathering from February 21st to 23rd, 2024, stakeholders, researchers, and enthusiasts in regenerative agriculture convened in Winneba, Ghana. Hosted by University of Education Winneba, this conference of the REVIVER Project, an initiative co-funded by the European Union, was a crucial moment for sustainable agricultural practices in Vocational Educational and Training to move forward. With project partners from Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Croatia, Estonia, and Germany, the event served as a cross-cultural exchange and collaboration, aligning with the project’s objectives of promoting regenerative agriculture techniques across diverse agricultural landscapes.



Sharing REVIVER knowledge and understanding


The conference commenced with various keynote addresses by our Ghanaian hosts, all of them underscoring the urgent need for regenerative practices amidst escalating environmental challenges and emphasising the REVIVER Project’s role in positive change. The day unfolded with insightful panel discussions featuring representatives from each partner country, delving into the unique challenges and opportunities for regenerative agriculture in their respective regions, with a special focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Diverse perspectives were shared to inform our research and educational resources in development.


The second day of the conference witnessed a deep dive into the scientific side of regenerative agriculture. Workshops were led by researchers and practitioners in regenerative agriculture. Participants looked into methodologies for soil regeneration, biodiversity conservation, and climate resilience, directly addressing the project’s objectives of promoting sustainable farming practices.



Field visits enriching our REVIVER partnership mutual understanding of needs and practices


One highlight was a field visit to local farms practicing regenerative principles, providing attendees with tangible examples of success stories and practical implementation strategies, further reinforcing the conference’s emphasis on bridging science with on-the-ground practice.


The conference concluded with a visit to Kakum National Park, a pristine tropical rainforest nestled in the heart of Ghana. Guided by knowledgeable park rangers, participants embarked on a breathtaking canopy walk, immersing themselves in the rich biodiversity and ecological wonders of the region. The lush greenery, vibrant birdlife, and tranquil surroundings served as a poignant reminder of the importance of preserving our natural heritage for future generations.

The exchange of culture is an exchange of ideas and mutual vision


Continuing the journey of exploration, attendees then travelled to Cape Coast Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site steeped in history and symbolism. As they walked through the haunting corridors and somber dungeons of the castle, participants reflected on the dark legacy of slavery and colonialism, recognising the enduring legacy of injustice and oppression that continues to shape our world today.

Yet, amidst the solemnity of Cape Coast Castle, there was also a sense of resilience and hope. Just as the forests of Kakum stand tall despite the challenges they face, so too do communities around the world strive to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable future.


The REVIVER Project conference served as a beacon of light in this journey, bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to collaborate, innovate, and inspire change.


As participants bid farewell to Ghana and returned to their homes, they carried with them not only memories of a transformative conference but also a renewed commitment to the principles of regenerative agriculture and environmental stewardship.

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