Geographic scope: Ghana
Initiated in 2002
The Ghana Grains Partnership (GGP) is a PPP initiated in 2008 that aims to strengthen the Ghanaian grain market, allowing farmers to increase grain production and support the development of both local and regional markets. It involves a combination of smallholder development, the use of high-quality agricultural inputs, and the introduction of commercial bank lending to farmers. It invites bottom-up dialogue on the topic of Maize in Ghana with various stakeholders, ranging from private companies to farmer’s associations.
Members: The platform was initiated by Yara (an international fertilizers company) and Wienco (a Ghanaian inputs trader). The core members are The Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Yara, Wienco, Masara N’Arziki (a newly established farmer’s organization), and international NGOs.
Low agricultural productivity for smallholder farmers
GCP aims to improve the low agricultural productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers, which arises due to the lack of access to high quality, affordable inputs. The platform allows for collaboration between stakeholders, ensuring improved efficiency throughout the grain value chain, as well as conjoining commercial and development objectives on the national level.
Intentions and aspiration
Value chain approach to sharing costs, benefits, and risks
GGP presents a holistic approach and promotes open dialogue on farmer’s needs and on the public and private sector that provides financial benefits to the value chain stakeholders. It works to ensure that smallholder farmers (8,000 farmer members of Masara N’Arziki as of 2013) have access to affordable inputs and profitable output markets through effective institutional arrangements (e.g., outgrower schemes), training, extension, and more effective information flows. The basic principles include (i) sharing costs, benefits, and risks between partners; (ii) building trust between parties; (iii) providing a learning platform through openly sharing information; (iv) leaving the partnership open to new members if similar risk sharing methodologies are adopted.
Arrangements and capacitities
Activities and outputs
The members of the platform contribute in various ways; Yara brings knowledge via previous experiences with PPPs, and also supplies fertilizer to the projects, whereas Wienco provides the warehouse facilities. Both companies have financed the initial input requirements by establishing a revolving fund for input credits and logistics through two long-term loans totaling USD 3 million. Yara and Wienco have additionally trained a farmer’s association called Masara N’Arziki, who sell inputs, train farmers, and buy their produce.
Monitoring and evaluation
M&E is overlooked by an extension and by zonal managers, ensuring that farmers are using the new practices they have acquired. Technoserve (an NGO) follows up on the training provided to farmers to ensure improved governance between farmer groups.