Integrated Agricultural Productivity Improvement and Marketing Project (INTAPIMP)

Project Name: Integrated Agricultural Productivity Improvement and Marketing Project (INTAPIMP)

Implemented by: Adventist Development and Relief Agency Ghana (ADRA)

Duration: 2012 to 2015 (PHASE I)

Introduction

The Integrated Agricultural Productivity Improvement and Marketing Project (INTAPIMP) is a three-year project being implemented by ADRA Ghana in the Central Gonja, West Gonja, Bole, Sawla-Tuna-Kalba, East Gonja, Yendi, Mion, Zabzugu, Tatale, and West Mamprusi districts. The project is financed by DANIDA and The Rockefeller Foundation through the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). A total of 11,404 farmers (394 FBOs) are being supported to cultivate rice, soybean, and maize. The project goal is to contribute to poverty reduction in the Northern Region of Ghana by September, 2015 through increasing crop production and productivity and incomes for smallholder farmers, SMEs, and agro-dealers and improving productive capacity of smallholder farmer groups.

Major Activities and Achievements

¬ Radio Programmes: During the year under review, thirty-six (36) radio educational programmes of 54 hours were organized on marketing of agricultural produce; integrated soil fertility management with soybean and groundnut cultivation; tree crop production in intercrop with annual crops; legume-cereal rotation; relationship between value chain actors, e.g. Farmers
and tractor operators; land preparation, and accessing and managing agricultural credit;

¬ Training Volunteer Extension Workers (VEWs): In the area of capacity building, 373 VEWs and 34 VEWs mentors were trained to facilitate effective extension services delivery within
the project area;

¬ Group Dynamics Training: Ninety-four (94) FBOs benefited from group dynamics training to help them strengthen their groups and make them effective in their operations. Following
training of farmers in group dynamics, FBOs have developed their group constitutions and simple business plans for their operations and opened accounts with Sinapi Aba, UT, ADB and Bonzali Rural Bank to enable them develop savings culture and to access credit for their farming businesses in subsequent years. 6,672 farmers made up of 4,392 (65.83%) males and 2,280 (34.17%) females benefited from the ISFM training organized at the community level;

¬ Conduction of Field On-farm Demonstrations: Seventy (70) field demonstrations on various Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) technologies were established throughout the project districts to correct bad agricultural practices and to transfer good agronomic practices and improved technologies to farmers. The demonstrations have yielded positive results as surveys conducted have revealed significant increases in the adoption of agricultural technologies;

¬ District Best Awards: As a result of the various production and business development trainings, 36 project beneficiaries and FBO won district best awards in various categories during
the 30th Farmers Day Celebration. 23 lead farmers trained have also registered their business and have been linked to FIs to transact businesses with;

¬ Value Chain Linkages: Linkages of FBOs to various actors in the value chain has also resulted in improved access to agricultural credit and agro-inputs at relatively lower prices due to economy of scale and closeness of the input sources to the farmers. This has also contributed to higher technology adoption and improved productivity. Agro-input dealers and service providers have also increased their sales due to expansion of their clientele base.


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