The Market-Oriented Agriculture Programme (MOAP) has been launched in Wa, with the aim of creating an enabling environment for investment in agriculture infrastructure in the North Western part of Ghana. MOAP is a 160 million Euros project co-financed by the European Union under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) and the German Government.
It is being implemented by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) with support from the German International Co-operation (GIZ).
Speaking at the launch of the project, Dr Nurah Gyiele, a Minister of State at MoFA noted that the allocation of such resource to agricultural development in the savanna agro-ecological zone six was significant and in line with Government’s efforts to bridge the development gap between the north and the south.
Dr Gyiele said it was important to note that 11 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that all nations signed onto in 2015 had direct relation to agriculture. He further pointed out however, that they could not achieve these SDGs and the ambitious targets of the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods, if they did not intensify their efforts to develop agriculture.
According to Dr Gyiele,the project would start with the implementation of component two of the project, which according to him was the core, based on the fact that it was intended to build the capacity of the assemblies and all actors that would participate in the agricultural value chain in order for them to do things differently to bring about increased productivity and incomes.
GIZ has been delegated by the EU to implement components two and three of the project while the infrastructure component would be jointly implemented by the World Bank and the Agence Francaise Development (DFD).
The programme will be implemented across all 11 districts of the Upper West Region and three adjoining districts and Sawla/Tuna/Kalba, North Gonja, and Mamprugu Moagduri in the Northern Region.
The value chains selected for improvement include groundnuts, soya, rice, sorghum, vegetables, cashew and Mango.
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