Public Disclosure Notice: Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP)

Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA)

Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP)

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE NOTICE

The Government of Ghana (GoG) through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) is implementing the Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP) with funding from the World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The project’s Development Objective (DO) is to improve agricultural productivity and production of both smallholder and nucleus farms in selected project intervention areas with increased access to reliable water, land, finance, and agricultural input and output market. The project orientation focuses on commercial agricultural development through public-private partnership (PPP), with the public sector laying the foundational policy, legal, and institutional framework and providing initial financial support to make commercial agriculture attractive to private sector investment.

In compliance with the Environmental Assessment Regulations of 1999 (LI 1652) and the World Bank Policy (OP/BP 4.01)-Environmental Assessment-GCAP has supported over 30 commercial farmers to regularize their environmental compliance statuses with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the development of their Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) reports and Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs). Consequently, all the concerned farmers have obtained their EPA permit.

The ESIA reports present policies, regulations, and institutional frameworks; description of farming ventures and alternatives; baseline environmental and socio-economic conditions; stakeholder consultations; potential environment and social impacts and their level of significance.

The ESMPs present details of how the identified potential environmental and social impacts will be avoided, minimized and mitigated. The ESMP’s also include grievance redress mechanisms (GRM) and a plan to monitor the impacts.

Notice is hereby served on the general public that the afore-mentioned documents have been disclosed on Agricinghana, GCAP, and EPA websites and the public may follow the links below to access the documents:


http://Agricinghana.com/GCAP/safeguards


http://gcap.org.gh/about/safeguards


http://www.epa.gov.gh/epa/publications/mofa-ghana-commercial-agric-project


Hard copies of the documents may be accessed at the various locations listed below:
EPA Regional offices
GCAP Zonal offices

Agricinghana office ( from September 2017)


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