The overall objective of Sector 2 “Productive Investments for agriculture in the Savannah Ecological Zones” of the 11th EDF National Indicative Programme (NIP) between the EU and Ghana is to generate sustainable agricultural income in selected areas. The EU proposes to have three separate interventions under this sector:
(i) this intervention, focusing on capacity building, community mobilisation, institutional strengthening, infrastructure and long term viability planning;
(ii) an infrastructure investment programme, and;
(iii) a specific climate change programme.
The Market Oriented Agriculture Programme (MOAP) in Ghana is a programme funded by the German Government (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ. The new phase of the programme will cover four southern regions, and, with the support of the 11th EDF, a maximum of three selected clusters in the north of the country.
The proposed programme will contribute to the development of actions targeting sustainable and commercial agriculture through the active support to a limited number of selected value chains (VC). This contribution will help rural households to move from subsistence to income generating agriculture and it will create decent jobs.
The project will apply a bottom-up approach starting from smallholder farmers level to upper levels, such as farmers’ associations, enterprises, service providers, local and national governments. Working through VCs of selected commodities will assist smallholders to tackle the many barriers impeding the development of commercial agriculture in Northern Ghana. Activities will include inter alia: policy support for quality and sustainable agriculture; strengthening of decentralised authorities, community groups and water user associations; capacity development for farmers and processors, support to service delivery as well as infrastructure long-term planning, organisation and maintenance.
In addition, some financial resources will be allocated to carry out the studies required to prepare the works to be financed under the future programme on infrastructure investment.
The proposed programme will have the following outputs:
¬ The policy and regulatory framework is enhanced for VC development and quality production (i.e. to tackle policy issues preventing VC development).
¬ The capacity of decentralised structures required for agricultural development is strengthened (i.e. to support community groups and local authorities in service delivery and infrastructure planning).
¬ Climate-sensitive quality production in agriculture is enhanced (i.e. extending the use of sustainable agriculture practices by farmers in order to make the value chain competitive, to produce returns on investments and to support the adaptation of the sector to climate change).
¬ The capacities of VC actors for inclusive business models and service provision are increased (i.e to enable off takers and input dealers to provide services to farmers).
¬ The performance of interest groups in the selected VCs is improved (community mobilisation and organisation in the context of VC development).
¬ Detailed design and engineering studies of Sector 2 future programme Infrastructure Investment for Agriculture are executed in the selected clusters.
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