Public Disclosure Notice: WAATP in Ghana

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Public Disclosure Notice

Disseminated by Agricinghana Media

Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) and Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF)

The Government of Ghana, in collaboration with the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) and the World Bank, is undertaking the West Africa Agricultural Transformation Program (WAATP) under the World Bank funding to take forward the unfinished business of the West African Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP).

The overall objective of the WAATP is to strengthen regional agricultural innovations systems to facilitate mass adoption of climate-smart technologies by producers, enhance job creation for the youth and value chain actors’ access to regional markets for targeted agricultural products.

The West Africa Agricultural Transformation Program (WAATP) which is a five-year program beginning 2018, will be implemented by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) through the WAAPP Project Coordinating Unit (PCU). The program has a nation-wide coverage, with the following five key components:

¬ Strengthening the new model of innovation delivery in West Africa

¬ Accelerating mass adoption of technologies and enhancing job creation in the agricultural sector

¬ Policies, markets,and institutional strengthening

¬ Contingent emergency response

¬ Project management, learning, monitoring, and evaluation

The project will involve a number of sub-projects and some of the exact locations where the sub-projects will be implemented are not yet determined.

As a requirement, an Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) and Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) have been prepared to guide the implementation of sustainable environmental and social measures, including concrete measures to resolve resettlement and compensation issues.

The World Bank (WB) is guided by policies/procedures to ensure safe development of projects it is funding. The relevant WB safeguarding policies applied to projects include OP 4.01 on Environmental Assessment and OP 4.12 on Involuntary Resettlement.

The ESMF presents the environmental and social (E&S) safeguards requirements of the project, institutional arrangements and capacity required to use the framework. It assesses the potential adverse environmental and social impacts commonly associated with the sub-projects and proposes ways to avoid, minimize and mitigate them. It establishes clear procedures and methodologies for E&S planning, reviews, approval and implementation of safeguards instruments. Additionally, it provides an initial screening system for sub-projects and specifies roles, responsibilities, and reporting procedures for managing  and monitoring E&S concerns.

The RPF outlines the objectives, principles and procedures that govern the system of land acquisition for the development of public infrastructure and clarifies the rules for identifying people who may be affected by the implementation of project activities. The RPF also includes the analysis of economic and social consequences that result from the implementation of project activities that can affect land availability to people, especially the most vulnerable.

Notice is hereby served on the general public that the afore-mentioned documents have already been disclosed on the website of Agricinghana Media, MoFA and WAAPP’s web portals.

These documents are accessible on Agricinghana Media portal below:

¬ WAATP Environmental And Social Management Framework (ESMF) Final Report_ESMF-WAATP-MoFA-May-2018-Agricinghana Media [pdf: 2.4mb]

¬ Resettlement Policy Framework_RPF-WAATP MoFA – May 2018-Agricinghana Media [pdf: 1.4mb]

 

Hard copies of the documents may also be accessed at the underlisted locations:

WAAPP Secretariat, Cantonments, Accra

MoFA Regional Offices

ALL WAATP implementing Agencies ( All MOFA Directorates and CSIR Institutes)

EPA Head Office Library, Accra

EPA Regional Offices

e-Agriculture centre (Accra, Kumasi, and Tamale)

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