The Government of Ghana (GoG) with the support of the World Bank and USAID have designed the Ghana Commercial Agricultural Project (GCAP), with the principal objective of improving the investment climate for agri-business and developing socially inclusive Private-Public Partnerships (PPPs) with smallholder linkages aimed at increasing farm productivity and promoting the agricultural value chains process.
As part of the project preparation, a multi-stakeholder delegation who formed the project preparation team are holding negotiations with the World Bank team in Washington, DC towards the approval of the project and its funding requirements.
The Ghanaian delegation is led by Hon. Yaw Effah Baafi, Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture (Crops) and Member of Parliament for Kintampo and include Mr. Ram Bhavnani (Ghana Commercial Agric Project/Project Support Officer), Mr. Alabi Bortey (Ministry Of Food And Agriculture-Ghana Commercial Agric Project) and Mr. Lambert Abusah
Other Members of the Delegation include Mrs Gladys Ghartey (Ministry Of Finance And Economic Planning/World Bank Desk, Ghana Commercial Agric Project -Project Preparation Team), Ms Mangowa Ghanney (Ministry Of Finance And Economic Planning-Legal Department) and Mrs Sauda Ahmed (Ministry Of Finance And Economic Planning-World Bank Desk, Ghana Commercial Agric. Project- Project Preparation Team).
Also included in the delegation are: Mr. Stephen Kumadoh (Lands Commission-Project Preparation Team), Stephen Debre (Ghana Investment Promotion Centre Ghana Commercial Agric Project-Project Preparation Team), Ms Efua Abbam (Attorney Generals Department) and Mrs Magdelene Apenteng (Ministry Finance and Economic Planning-Public Investment Division, Ghana Commercial Agric. Project ( Project Preparation Team)
Ghana’s current agricultural policy framework and national development plan emphasizes the importance of graduating from a subsistence-based small-holder system to a sector characterized by a strong market-based orientation. based on a combination of productive small-holders alongside larger commercial enterprises engaged in agricultural production, agro-processing and other activities along the value chain. To maximize the impacts of private investment in agriculture on development, a particular focus is to facilitate small-holder linkages with other commercial businesses through, for instance, contract farming and out-grower schemes. Recognizing some of the challenges of past efforts, the Government is adopting a new approach
Apart from the focus of modernizing agriculture, introducing large-scale commercial farming, productive small-holders will be grown with the support of modular farmers.