Background Information

The Government of Ghana has received a facility from the World Bank to support an agricultural development project – The Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP) - with the principal objective of improving the investment climate for agri-business and developing inclusive Private-Public Partnerships (PPP) and smallholder linkages aimed at increasing on-farm productivity and value addition in selected value chains.

The Commercial Agriculture Project will contribute directly to medium term macro-economic growth by leveraging additional private sector investment in agricultural growth. By targeting inclusive business models, the project will expand the opportunities for Ghana’s poor to participate in this growth.

The Project seeks to increase access to land, private sector finance and input-and output-markets by small-holder farmers from public-private partnerships in commercial agriculture in the Accra Plains and the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) zone.

Project Area

The project will be implemented in 2 areas: the Accra Plains (comprising parts of the Greater Accra, Volta and Eastern regions and secondly the SADA zone (comprising the Northern, Upper East, Upper West regions and the northern parts of the Brong Ahafo and Volta regions.

The ultimate project beneficiaries are poor households (including female-headed households) who avail themselves of new income generating opportunities through formal sector employment in commercial agricultural ventures and improved opportunities for participating in remunerative value chains resulting from stronger market linkages with input and/or output markets. It is expected that beneficiaries will be inclusive of both men and women.

Intermediate project beneficiaries are Ghanaian and international investors – of varying scale – who invest in new or expanded business opportunities in the appropriate value chains. Critically, these business models must be inclusive in nature – i.e., they should provide opportunities for strengthening market linkages of small-holder producers.

Project Activities

Among other activities, the project will:

•  Carry out a full feasibility study of the Accra Plains (area between Tema-Aflao to Sogakope and the Volta Lake) public –private partnership;
  • •  Construct a 72km canal across the Accra Plains and provide other basic infrastructure to which commercial farmers could add to suit their own production plans under a PPP arrangement;
  • •  Develop the Nasia and Nabogo valleys in the SADA zone for agricultural production. ;
  • •  Support to small and medium scale farmers on Kpong Left Bank Project (Torgorme Irrigation Scheme);

Project Cost

The Project will be funded by the International Development Agency (IDA) of the World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The total project cost is estimated at One Hundred and Forty Five Million Dollars (US$ 145 million).