Project Development ObjectivesGCAP aims to move farming from the present subsistence level to a commercial level that ensures wealth creation and food security in the country. The objective of GCAP is increased access to reliable water, land, finance, agricultural inputs and output markets by smallholder and nucleus farmers in selected project intervention areas. In line with this objective, GCAP is embarking on the rehabilitation and modernization of existing public irrigation infrastructure, notably the Kpong Irrigation Scheme (KIS), the Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Project (KLBIP), all in the Eastern Region, and the Tono and Vea irrigation dams in the Upper East Region. Private sector players will be introduced to the management of the irrigation schemes and support given to the participation of farmers in the management of irrigation and drainage assets.
ACHIEVEMENTSSome of the achievements of the project so far are the following:
1. Laying the Legal Foundation for Irrigation in Ghana
GCAP facilitated the passage of the "Water Users Association (WUA)" Law - May 2016. The law guides the formation and operations of Irrigation Water User on irrigation infrastructure constructed by government and other parties on behalf of or in concert with the Government.
2. Facilitating Large-Scale Land Transactions:
GCAP has produced a "Model Lease Agreement" (MLA) to guide investors and land owners on large scale land transactions. Two other documents have been produced as guidelines and recommendations to offer further guidance to investors GCAP has set up a mechanism for matching interested land-owning communities with interested investors. The Project does not support the compulsory acquisition of lands, in compliance with the principles of responsible agricultural investments. GCAP has concluded a study into the Land Bank Concept in Ghana and will feed it into the creation of a database for land banks in Ghana. GCAP has also established a Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) that will enable a broad range of stakeholders (including investors, smallholders, and host communities) to channel concerns, questions and complaints to the project.
3. Creating an Enabling Environment for Small-Holder Farmers:
4. The Emerging Rice Growth Pole
6. Enhancing the Post-harvest Manage-ment Infrastructure Stock