Introduction /Project Basic Data:
The Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP) is a project of the Government of Ghana being implemented under the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA). The Project Development Objective (PDO) is to “To improve agricultural productivity and production of both smallholder and nucleus farms in selected project intervention areas of the Recipient’s territory.”
The Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project was approved by the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank on March 22, 2012 and by Ghana’s Parliament on August 16, 2012, and it became effective on April 8, 2013. GCAP is a private sector oriented and demand driven project financed initially by a loan of US$100 million from the World Bank and a grant of US$16.95 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The project was restructured in November 2015 to include the reformation and strengthening of the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority (GIDA) and the Irrigation Company of Upper Region (ICOUR), and the rehabilitation and modernization of four major irrigation schemes and six smaller scale schemes. The closing date was also extended from September 2017 to September 2019.
Concept of Japanese Technical Cooperation
- Sharing the knowledge and experience among C/P, beneficiaries and experts with high priority on sustainability
- Enabling people to become self-reliant, solving their challenges through their own self-help efforts
- Development of human resources through the implementation of Project activities
The Inland Valleys Rice Development Project (IVRDP) is being implemented by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture at a total cost of UA 17.1 million, comprising a loan of UA 15 million (88%) from the African Development Bank (AFDB) and a Government of Ghana contribution of UA 2.1 million (12%).
PROJECT RATIONALE AND CONCEPT
Ghana has abundant natural resource base from the numerous inland valleys found in the country’s agro-ecological zones. It has been demonstrated that inland valley rice production is more profitable than both conventional irrigation and upland cropping, provided water management is improved and farmers adopt improved rice production practices. The IVRDP is providing a basis for sustainable rice development in the inland valleys through provision of simple, low-cost water management structures (weirs, dykes, canals, drains and basins/ plots), use of improved production inputs and post-harvest management practices.