Crop: Multiple (Maize, Rice Soya, Rice, Fruits, Vegetables)
Geographic scope: Ghana
Active Countries: Ghana
Initiated in 2012 (until 2019)
The GCAP aims to develop agriculture in Ghana, coupled with the nation’s poverty reduction efforts and to increase food security through inclusive farming along selected commodity value chains. The platform consists of two projects; the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) zone, focusing on value chains of maize, rice and soya, and the Accra Plains focusing on maize, rice, fruits and vegetables.
Members: Government (The Government of the Republic of Ghana, The Ministry of Food and Agriculture of the Republic of Ghana), Donors (The World Bank, The United States Agency for International Development), Collaborating Partners (The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, The Ghana Irrigation Development Authority, The Environmental Protection Agency, The Planning M&$ Directorate of MoFA, Plant Protection and Regulatory services Directorate of MoFA, The Crop Services Directorate of MoFA, Agricultural and Engineering Services Directorate of MoFA, and Woman in Agricultural Development)
Poverty and food insecurity.
The platform, initiated by the Government of Ghana, aims to overcome the challenges by assisting farmers to remove constraints through matching grants. In 2014, the Government of Ghana and the World Bank, agreed to restructure the Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP), which includes 7 components ranging from Securing PPPs to project management, to infrastructure support among others.
Intentions and aspiration
Increase yield by 40%, increase gross margins by 40&, reach 14,000 direct beneficiaries (including 40% women), increase the area provided with improved irrigation by 10,000 hectares.
The platform, which focuses mainly on poor households, as well as international Ghanaian investors, intends to reduce poverty and increase food security through inclusive commercial farming amongst the commodity value chain. The objective of the GCAP is to do so, whilst providing an increased access to reliable water, land, finance, agricultural inputs and output markets. In order to achieve this, the project obtains three components; (1) strengthening investment, (2) securing PPPs and smallholder linkages in the Accra Plans, and (3) Secure PPPs and smallholder linkages in the SADA region.
Arrangements and capacitities
There are 11 members that consist of the Steering Committee of GCAP. The Project Implementation Unit (PIU) overlooks the management of the Project with a Project Coordinator as the leader. Moreover, the projects entail collaboration with government departments/ agencies. These Representatives from the departments and agencies constitute the Project Technical Committee.
Activities and outputs
The platform provides its members: a ‘Model Lease Agreement’ in order to guide for investors and land owners on large-scale land transactions, assistance to the Ghana Investment Promotion Center and Agribusiness Unit of MOFA, matching grants for farmers, as well as a law drafted to parliament to guide operations of the Waster User’s Associations. Trainings and workshops in environmental safeguards is also provided to its members, as well as preparation of guarantee for Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), Environmental Management Plan (EMP), and acquiring EPA Permits. Finally, the platform provides a publication area where documents can be accesses, as well as an ‘events’ and ‘new archives’ section.
Monitoring and evaluation
The M&E team is expected to develop a M&E plan that will measure: (1) Impacts and standard of living on affected individuals, households and communities; (2) Improvement of communities affected by the project; (3) Management of disputes/ conflicts. Moreover, improvement of methods through out the project are to be heighten through monitoring (internal), while evaluation (external) focuses on whether policies have been complied with, proving lessons learnt for amending strategies/ implementation.