METASIP

The agriculture sector is key to overall economic growth and development of Ghana.  In the national  development  agenda,  agriculture  is  expected  to  lead  the  growth  and  structural transformation of the economy and maximize the benefits of accelerated growth. Significant improvements in the productivity of the agriculture sector are required to raise the average real
incomes of Ghanaians as a whole. The agriculture sector also has direct impact on the attainment
of at least five of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) is the lead agency responsible for the agriculture sector within the context of a coordinated Government Programme. To carry out its function, plans and programmes are coordinated through policy and strategy frameworks. In this regard, MOFA facilitated  the  preparation  of  the  Food  and  Agriculture  Sector  Development  Policy
(FASDEP II)  and  the  Medium  Term  Agriculture  Sector  Investment  Plan  (METASIP).  The FASDEP II states the long term policy objectives of government in relation to the development of the agriculture sector aimed at ensuring that the sector’s stakeholders are best positioned to take advantage of the emerging opportunities.

The METASIP is the investment plan to implement the medium term (2011-2015) programmes of the policy. It has been developed to achieve a target agricultural GDP growth of at least 6% annually,  halving  poverty  by  2015  in  consonance  with  MDG  1  and  based  on  government expenditure  allocation  in  the  national  budget  of  at  least  10%  within  the  Plan’s  period
(2011–2015). The METASIP is consistent with the ECOWAS Agriculture Policy and NEPAD´s Comprehensive  Africa  Agriculture  Development  Programme  (ECOWAP/CAADP)  which provide an integrated framework to support agricultural growth, rural development and food security in the African region.

The METASIP, a result of a consultative, technical and budgetary process, identifies results and resource requirements and roles that the stakeholders in the sector will play in its implementation. It takes into account ongoing projects and will adopt the Sector-Wide Approach (SWAp) in its implementation  bringing  on  board  sector  stakeholders  in  effective  coordination  and
participation.

Greater involvement of the private sector is planned for the growth and development of the sector and its transformation in service delivery, as well as investment and management of the sector as a whole. A second level of stakeholder participation is that between MOFA and other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA´s) whose policies impact on the agricultural sector. A third level of participation relates to service delivery to smallholders, especially the poor, by reducing transaction costs. Various types of linkages are outlined to be established between smallholders and agribusiness, to facilitate access to input, research, technology and product markets, as well as other essential services. Agricultural sector policies are supported with technical and financial assistance from development partners and financial institutions and this forms a fourth level of participation. A key aspect of the objective of coordination of stakeholder participation is the harmonisation of actions of government and partners for synergy of operations and maximum results for accelerated growth.

The agriculture sector is key to overall economic growth and development of Ghana.  In the national  development  agenda,  agriculture  is  expected  to  lead  the  growth  and  structural transformation of the economy and maximize the benefits of accelerated growth. Significant improvements in the productivity of the agriculture sector are required to raise the average real incomes of Ghanaians as a whole. The agriculture sector also has direct impact on the attainment of at least five of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) is the lead agency responsible for the agriculture sector within the context of a coordinated Government Programme. To carry out its function, plans and programmes are coordinated through policy and strategy frameworks. In this regard, MOFA facilitated  the  preparation  of  the  Food  and  Agriculture  Sector  Development  Policy (FASDEP II)  and  the  Medium  Term  Agriculture  Sector  Investment  Plan  (METASIP).

The FASDEP II states the long term policy objectives of government in relation to the development of the agriculture sector aimed at ensuring that the sector’s stakeholders are best positioned to take advantage of the emerging opportunities. The METASIP is the investment plan to implement the medium term (2011-2015) programmes of the policy. It has been developed to achieve a target agricultural GDP growth of at least 6% annually,  halving  poverty  by  2015  in  consonance  with  MDG  1  and  based  on  government expenditure  allocation  in  the  national  budget  of  at  least  10%  within  the  Plan’s  period (2011–2015). The METASIP is consistent with the ECOWAS Agriculture Policy and NEPAD´s Comprehensive  Africa  Agriculture  Development  Programme  (ECOWAP/CAADP)  which provide an integrated framework to support agricultural growth, rural development and food security in the African region.

The METASIP, a result of a consultative, technical and budgetary process, identifies results and resource requirements and roles that the stakeholders in the sector will play in its implementation. It takes into account ongoing projects and will adopt the Sector-Wide Approach (SWAp) in its implementation  bringing  on  board  sector  stakeholders  in  effective  coordination  and participation. Greater involvement of the private sector is planned for the growth and development of the sector and its transformation in service delivery, as well as investment and management of the sector as a whole. A second level of stakeholder participation is that between MOFA and other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA´s) whose policies impact on the agricultural sector. A third level of participation relates to service delivery to smallholders, especially the poor, by reducing transaction costs. Various types of linkages are outlined to be established between smallholders and agribusiness, to facilitate access to input, research, technology and product markets, as well as other essential services. Agricultural sector policies are supported with technical and financial assistance from development partners and financial institutions and this forms a fourth level of participation. A key aspect of the objective of coordination of stakeholder participation is the harmonisation of actions of government and partners for synergy of operations and maximum results for accelerated growth.

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