1. Background

The 11th European Development Fund (EDF) National Indicative Programme (NIP) is a bilateral development financing arrangement between the Government of Ghana (GoG) and the European Union for the period 2017 – 2023 totaling €323.0 million grant. It covers three (3) thematic areas - Governance, Agriculture and Social Protection. The agriculture programme has a total budget of €160 million representing about 50%, but was reduced to €147 million for budget support.

1.1 Agriculture

The agriculture is titled ‘European Union - Ghana Agriculture Programme’ (EU-GAP), and is being implemented in Savannah Ecological Zones of Ghana, specifically, in 14 districts; 11 in the Upper West Region (Wa West, Wa East, Wa Municipal, Nadowli Kaleo, Daffiama-Bussie-Issa, Jirapa, Lawra, Lamsussie, Nandom, Sissala East and Sissala West), 2 in Savannah Region (Sawla-Tuna-Kalba and North Gonja) and 1 in North East Region (Manprugu Moagduri).

The global vision of the EU-GAP is; “An inclusive productive local economy providing sustainable livelihoods for the target population in the Joint Programme Area in the context of climate change”

The objective of the Programme is to provide critical infrastructural investments and strengthen integrated business models along Cashew, Groundnut, Mango, Rice, Sorghum, Soybeans and Vegetable value chains. These value chains are expected to stimulate inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

The Modernizing Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) program is a five-year 135 million Canadian dollars (CAD$) initiative funded by Global Affairs Canada, started in 2017 and has been extended by two years to 2023. Over the period, the programme has provided budgetary support and technical assistance to the Government of Ghana to improve the production and productivity of farmers by supporting the implementation of a comprehensive market-oriented approach to farming.  This entails strengthening and modernizing agricultural extension service delivery at the national, regional and district levels and complemented by demand-driven research.

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) is the implementing institution supported by relevant stakeholders such as Ministry of Local Government Decentralization and Rural Development (MLGDRD), Ministry of Finance (MoF), and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

The Savannah Agricultural Value Chain Development Program (SADP) is being implemented to serve as part of post COVID-19 reconstruction efforts aimed at addressing disruptions in food systems in Ghana. It seeks to build on successes under the Savannah Zone Agriculture Productivity Improvement Project (SAPIP) and Savannah Investment Programme (SIP) that have so far expanded the production of maize and soybean from 80 hectares in 2018 to 14,000 hectares in 2021. This program is expected to build on the achievements made and to further expand production of rice, soybean and maize by an additional 8,000 hectares by 2026.

The Program which will be implemented in 9 districts located in 5 regions of the country will be used as an instrument to implement the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) to address key constraints in food security and the poultry and livestock feed industry. This support is to allow medium scale commercial farmers and their out-growers to expand areas under cultivation for rice, soybean and maize under PFJ, which feeds into the poultry value chain under Rearing for Food and Jobs (RFJ). This integrated approach will support elements of growing at scale and provision of market outlets for smallholder farmers, especially women and the youth.

The Government of Ghana (GoG) through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) intend to participate in the second phase of the West Africa Food System Resilience Programme (FSRP2) under the World Bank Multi-Phase Programmatic Approach (MPA) to strengthen regional food system risk management, improve the sustainability of the productive base in targeted areas and to develop regional agricultural markets. The FSRP2 will contribute to enhancing the capacity of vulnerable households, families, communities, and food systems within the country to face uncertainty and the risk of shocks; to withstand and respond effectively to shocks; as well as to recover and adapt in a sustainable manner.

Project Development Goal and Objectives

The Savannah Investment Program (SIP) is designed within the context of the Ghana Medium-Term Development Framework (2018-2021), the Coordinated Program of Economic and Social Development Policies (2017-2024) and Agenda for Jobs: Creating Prosperity and Opportunity for All (2018-2021), that seeks to transform Ghana’s economy and society. SIP became effective February, 2020 and will be implemented for five years (2020-2025).  

The overall goal of the project is to reduce importation of meat through increased commercial broiler production, enhance competitiveness of the poultry industry and contribute to improved nutrition security. The project is expected to contribute to breed improvement of small ruminants under Government’s Rearing for Food and Jobs. This would be achieved through increased private sector investment, improved productivity and production of maize, soybean, poultry and small ruminants (goats, sheep and local chicken). At least 20,000 Ha of maize and soybean is expected to be put under cultivation by the project.

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