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Ghana

Overview

Ghana’s national agricultural investment plan (known as METASIP) is being renewed. Key export crops are highly likely to remain a priority for the government, particularly cocoa and horticulture, while self-sufficiency in key local food crops such as rice and cassava will continue to feature high on the agenda. 

The government is prioritising reforms to further improve the business environment, companies in the agriculture sector continue to struggle with some specific challenges, including access to finance and bureaucracy-induced delays in lending, a shortage of skills in agribusiness management and farmer literacy, limited storage infrastructure, and a lack of mechanisation to help farmers increase production. Investors have also cited unclear governance and regulation in the sector, which may be addressed by the renewal of the national investment plan for agriculture, as well as other measures under the new government.

Grow Africa Priority Activities in Ghana

  • Grow Africa is working to align different private sector platforms to foster a strong and effective agribusiness group to represent the sector through the Country Agribusiness Partnership Framework (CAP-F).
  • Grow Africa is also prioritising the cassava and rice value chains in Ghana, in alignment with the government’s priorities and investor interest. 

The Country Agribusiness Partnership Framework (CAP-F) was kick-start in Ghana in July 2018.   The briefing in Accra, centred on CAP-F and its national structures that are to be established, as well as its potential to unlock private sector investment in agriculture through the creation of partnerships that align private sector commitments to Ghana’s National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIP) priorities. This is in order to collectively achieve the country’s agricultural transformation goals.  The next step in the CAP-F process in Ghana entails the conducting of a stocktaking exercise, aimed at evaluating the existing agriculture sector landscape and to determine the level of in-country resourcing required for CAP-F implementation. This process will also produce an implementation roadmap to guide ongoing country CAP-F processes.

In the cassava value chain, Grow Africa continues to build on the work to date with the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) in creating the cassava platform, known as the Ghanaian Industrial Cassava Stakeholder Platform (GICSP). Ghana is one of Africa’s largest cassava producers, generating around 16 million tonnes a year. 

Also in Ghana, Grow Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Private Enterprise Foundation (PEF) to collaborate through development of business cases in priority value chains. PEF identified poultry as one of the priority value chains and is working to promote commercially through broiler production at low cost using locally available and cheaper feed ingredient options.m will be further formalised with the establishment of a secretariat and Grow Africa will work to enable access to financial and technical assistance partnerships in the value chain.

In the rice value chain, Grow Africa is collaborating with existing initiatives to form a strong value chain platform to enable better coordination to address challenges hindering growth in production and processing of this critical crop.

Key Results
  • Grow Africa is working to align different private sector platforms to foster a strong and effective agribusiness group to represent the sector through the Country Agribusiness Partnership Framework (CAP-F).
  • Grow Africa and IDH have supported the Ghana Industrial Cassava Stakeholder’s Platform with a two year grant to support organisational development of the platform. The platform used the funds to secure office space, recruit focal point, establish modus operandi, and development of a 5 year operational strategy.
  • Grow Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Private Enterprise Foundation (PEF) to collaborate through development of business cases in priority value chains. PEF identified poultry as one of the priority value chains and is working to promote commercially through broiler production at low cost using locally available and cheaper feed ingredient options.
  • Grow Africa is looking to undertaking an in-depth business case study for the establishment of regional rice value chain in West Africa, with specific focus on Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Niger and Senegal.