GCAP is an acronym for Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project. It is a seven-year Ministry of Agriculture (MoFA) project, jointly funded by the World Bank –IDA and USAID. The Project was launched in July 2012 and will end in September 2019
GCAP seeks to develop agriculture in Ghana in line with the country’s efforts at poverty reduction and ensuring food security by promoting inclusive commercial farming along selected commodity value chains. It ensures increased access to secure land, private sector finance, agricultural input and output markets by small-holder farms from investors in commercial farming in the SADA Zone and Accra Plains.
GCAP activities are located in the Accra Plains and the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) Zone in northern Ghana. The two project activity areas cover seven of the country’s administrative regions. The SADA zone includes the Northern, Upper East, Upper West and the Savannah areas of the Brong Ahafo Region, while the Accra Plains includes the Eastern, Greater Accra and Volta regions.
n the SADA zone, the Project is focusing on the value chains of maize, rice and soya. In the Accra Plains the focus is on maize, rice, fruits and vegetables.
Project Management / Implementation
GCAP has its head office at Cantonments in Accra. The Project Implementation Unit (PIU) is in charge of the management of the Project with a Project Co-ordinator as the leader. GCAP is collaborating with a number of government departments and agencies to implement the project. Representatives from these departments and agencies constitute the Project Technical Committee.
These collaborating partners include:
- GIPC – The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre
- GIDA – The Ghana Irrigation Development Authority
- The Lands Commission
- EPA – The Environmental Protection Agency
- PPMED – The Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate of MoFA
- PPRSD – Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate of MoFA
- CSD – The Crop Services Directorate of MoFA
- AESD – Agricultural and Engineering Services Directorate of MoFA
- WIAD – Women in Agricultural Development, MoFA
ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL SAFEGUARDS
GCAP is a Category “A” project under the World Bank classification, and is obliged to take all safeguard issues that are triggered very seriously. Indeed, all the World Bank safeguard policies, except OP 4.10, which deals with indigenous people, have been triggered. All sub-projects are being monitored to ensure that environmental and social issues are dealt with speedily.
GCAP, in collaboration with PPRSD and EPA, has organized training workshops in environmental safeguards for grantees and their outgrowers. Grantees have been taken through the process of preparing Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and acquiring EPA permits.
Collaboration with USAID Feed the Future (FtF) Project
GCAP collaborates closely with various USAID FtF Projects including:
- FINGAP – Financing Ghanaian Agriculture Project
- AATTP – Agriculture Technology Transfer Project
- ADVANCE – Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement
- APP – Agricultural Policy-support Project
Linkages with other projects
GCAP is facilitating linkages between some of the GCAP grantees and other projects. These include the following:
The Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) aims to improve livelihoods of rice farmers in selected countries in the West African sub-region by increasing the competitiveness of domestic rice supply to meet increasing demand.
Trade Related Assistance and Quality Enabling Programme (TRAQUE) is providing laboratory and warehouse equipment such as cleaning, sorting and grading equipment and moisture meters to some of those who are benefitting from the GCAP warehouses
GHANA GRAIN COUNCIL
GCAP is working with Ghana Grain Council to:
- Provide certification to the new warehouses
- Provide technical training in post-harvest handling of produce to the operators of warehouses.