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.
This Pest Management Plan (PMP) has been developed in direct response to the risk of pests and diseases and to guide the operation of SADP to achieve compliance with applicable national regulations and AfDB Operational Safeguard 4 - Pollution Prevention and Control, Hazardous Materials and Resource Efficiency.
The proposed program will have three components namely:
• Component 1: Production Development,
• Component 2: Integrated Agribusiness and Value Chain Development, and
• Component 3: Project Management and Institutional Support.