In Ghana, accelerating agricultural modernisation has been noted as one of the key priorities expected to drive the economic growth process towards sustainable poverty reduction. Strategies for achieving the objective of modernizing agriculture for a strong economy include:
Measures for productivity and production increases;
Acceleration of agricultural mechanization and embedded services;
Active engagement of the private sector through the Public Private Partnership framework in viable commodity value chains;
Development of large scale commercial farms in rice, maize, soya bean;
Enhanced access to short, medium to long term sustainable financial services and products; and
Strong inter-sectoral linkages, coordination and harmonized approaches to rural, agricultural and economic development.
The Agricultural Sector Working Group (ASWG) is a policy dialogue platform for engaging Government of Ghana (GoG) and Development Partners (DPs) on delivering on Chapter 4.1 of GSGDA (2010-2013) – “Accelerated Agricultural Modernisation”. These include:
Presently 11 OECD-DAC members are engaged in the Agriculture Sector Group. According to this year’s (2011) budget, Development Partners provided about GhC 117.37m of a total MoFA budget of GhC 221.55m This is in addition to direct General Budget Support and other funding instruments outside GoG financial management systems. There are also a number of development partners from philanthropic foundations, NGOs and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) who participate in the dialogue process of the Sector Group. There is increased interest from the private sector to invest in food production and processing in Ghana as well as in agro-fuels and other raw materials.
Finalization of Medium-Term Agricultural Sector Investment Plan (METASIP) with cost estimates, based on FASDEP.with official endorsement from GoG, DPs, ECOWAS and CAADP.
Establishment of CAADP Country Team to oversee the implementation and management of METASIP.
In line with enhanced sector coordination, the ASWG supports MoFA to conduct annual Joint Sector Reviews (4th JSR in June 2011) with joint recommendations to steer investments in the sector.
We strongly believe that rural and agricultural development needs a strong MoFA with qualified, dedicated and well guided staff. We would like to express the DP’s commitment and support to Ghana’s and the Ministry’s development.