The seventh edition of the Ghana Garden and Flower Show has been launched in Accra. The 2019 show is on the theme ‘Be the Change’.
Shani Cooper-Zubida, Ambassador of Israel to Ghana, Liberia and Sierra-Leone, performed the official launch of the show – a behaviour-change activity – and also announced the Israel Green Innovation Competition in partnership with the Ghana Garden and Flower Show, to project green innovativeness as well as encourage young people to participate meaningfully in agriculture for job creation and income generation.
This 7th edition of the prestigious flower show takes place from August 28th – September 3rd 2019 at the Afua Sutherland Children’s Park, and will focus on individual, corporate and national responsibility for developing and maintaining green and clean homes, neighbourhoods, and green spaces in towns and the country as a whole.
Ms. Esther A. N. Cobbah, Chief Executive Officer of Stratcomm Africa, said that Ghanaians desire to live in a beautiful Ghana with gardens and flowers, adding that: “There is often expectation that central government or local administrations should be responsible for ensuring a green and beautiful Ghana, but the reality is that achieving this is a collective responsibility for all of us”.
She said the ‘Be the Change’ campaign is therefore aimed at inculcating awareness of green behaviour on the environment, and heightening knowledge and awareness about what Ghanaians can contribute individually and collectively to help make the environment clean, greener and more beautiful.
Madam Cooper, who launched the 2019 Show, congratulated Stratcomm Africa for attaining 25 years and using its expertise in communication to organise the Ghana Garden and Flower Show to promote the floriculture and horticulture industry.
She stressed: “The floriculture and horticultural industry in Ghana has tremendous potential for impacting the economy positively through job creation and foreign exchange, as well as attracting potential investors into the country”.
Ms. Cooper stated that Israel prides itself as a nation of innovation that helps to stimulate innovation wherever it finds itself. Israel is also well-acknowledged for its advancements in the area of agriculture including floriculture; thus, the embassy of the State of Israel in Ghana is also committed to contributing to efforts to increase awareness and knowledge that will lead to a clean, green, wealthy and beautiful Ghana
She indicated that introducing the award scheme is to help stimulate participation in Ghana’s floriculture industry, particularly by the youth. This award scheme will therefore be used to encourage Ghanaians to come up with innovations that contribute to the growth of this industry in Ghana.
The winner of this category will get an all-expenses-paid trip to Israel, and participate in one of the courses in agriculture by courtesy of the Israeli Embassy.
This year’s edition of the show will be held at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park from the 29th August to the 3rdth September 2019. As part of the show, there will be exciting activities such as a Karaoke/ Music night, Taste of the Park, Fashion in the Park, Children’s Playground, and Party in the Park.
About 19,000 visitors visited the show last year.