REPUBLIC OF GHANA
MINISTRY OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
GHANA COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE PROJECT (GCAP)
(PROJECT ID: P114264)
ISSUANCE DATE:23RD DECEMBER 2016
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Development of Improved Rainfed Agriculture Based On Bunding And Land Development For Rice Production In The Nasia-Nabogo Inland Valley
The project identified 3,000ha of land best suited to the development of improved rainfed agriculture based on bunding and quality land development for rice production in the inland valleys. These areas were first identified from LiDAR and orthophoto maps and then confirmed with field visits to verify their suitability for rice farming and ability to support improved rain-fed systems. The areas were also selected to ensure that all sites are reasonably accessible and in close proximity to the main population centers and support facilities along the main Tamale-Navrongo road, so that potential investors can be assured of access to labor and markets.
Infrastructure to be developed to support the improved rain-fed agriculture includes Land Development, land clearing, land levelling, bunding and harvesting sheet flow from surface runoff.
Following the first call in 2015, six investors were given the opportunity to pilot-crop 600ha of the identified 3,000ha of land.
The project has carried out an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) in compliance with the Government of Ghana and the World Bank’s Safeguards Policies. The EPA has granted permit for the proposed farming activities at the demarcated area of 3,000ha. Additionally, the Project has prepared Abbreviated Resettlement Action Plans (ARAPs) to guide possible compensation issues associated with the Project.
A cadastral survey of the demarcated 3,000ha has also been conducted and maps covering the area are being developed by the Lands Commission in lots of 100ha each to facilitate future allocation of these lands to qualified farmers, who will then negotiate leases with the land owners.
The objective of this Request for Expression of Interest is to invite investors who are proven rice farmers and are interested in cultivating rice in the remaining portions of the demarcated and mapped 3,000 ha of land identified by GCAP and deemed to be suitable for improved rain-fed rice cultivation to apply. GCAP is ready to provide Land Development (involving land clearing, land levelling, field bunds and, and land harvesting of sheet flow) to support prospective investors with bankable business plans, among other criteria.
Information on the remaining identified 3,000 ha of land can be found at the GCAP Tamale Offices at Agricultural Road, Mariam Hotel Junction (opposite CAMFED and same premise with Community Water and Sanitation Agency); Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; Telephone Number: 0501341708.
The intent of this matching grant is to fund proven farmers by providing them with Land Development (land clearing, land levelling and contour bunding) in lots of 100 ha that will increase the production of rice using smallholders. The investors will be expected to integrate smallholder farmers into the inputs, output and farm equipment services in a continual basis for at least 5 years.
3. Eligible activities that will be funded
GCAP funding will be based on the approved business plan and subsequently negotiated items/activities in the budget.
The design and construction supervision of land development will be carried out by Messrs Agriconsulting Europe (AESA), a consulting firm engaged by GCAP to develop identified sites in the Nasia-Nabogo inland valleys, using contractors pre-qualified by GCAP.
4. Eligibility Criteria
Eligible criteria that will guide the selection of Investors for the Nasia-Nabogo Inland Valley Matching Grant Scheme include the following:
- Track record of successful commercial rice farming in Ghana, preferably in the SADA zone.
- Evidence of enough financial resources (working capital) to match the grant and to operate the farm as a business.
- Evidence of experience to manage the agribusiness operations.
- Evidence of a compelling business case that is technically, financially and economically feasible/viable.
- Evidence of previous experience working with contract farmers/outgrowers and commitment to work with contract farmers/outgrowers with a significant number coming from the host community.
5. Other information
Further information on the matching grant scheme can be obtained at the address below during office hours i.e. 0900 to 1700 hours.
Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by e-mail) by 10.00HRS Friday 20th January 2017.
The Project Coordinator,
Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project
Ministry of Food and Agriculture
MOFA Projects Building (opposite Morning star school & in the same yard as the Government Secretariat School – Cantonments)
P. O. Box M.37, Accra, Ghana