PUBLIC DISCLOSURE NOTICE
ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK (ESMF) AND RESETTLEMENT POLICY FRAMEWORK (RPF)
The Government of Ghana (GoG) through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) is implementing the Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP) with funding from the World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The current Project Development Objective (PDO) is to improve agricultural productivity and production of both smallholder and nucleus farms in selected project intervention areas with increased access to reliable water, land, finance, and agricultural input and output markets.
The Government of Ghana is now seeking additional credit from the World Bank and this is accompanied by a restructuring of the project to include the following changes:
- Simplification of the project structure by merging the existing seven (7) components into four (4);
- Revision of the PDO;
- Making changes to some outcome indicators and targets in the Project Results Framework;
- Reallocation of the project proceeds;
- An extension of the project closing date by fifteen (15) months from September 30, 2019 to December 31, 2020 for certain components of the project;
The GCAP project is a category A project under the World Bank Environmental Assessment categorization. The project involves a number of sub-projects and some of the exact locations where the sub-projects will be implemented are not yet determined.
As a requirement, the project at its onset prepared an Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) and Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) to guide the implementation of sustainable environmental and social measures including concrete measures to resolve resettlement and compensation issues.
In compliance with the World Bank Policy on Environmental Assessment (OP/BP 4.01), the existing ESMF and RPF have been updated to cater for the proposed changes.
The updated ESMF presents the environmental and social (E&S) safeguards requirements of the project, institutional arrangements and capacity required to use the framework. It assesses the potential adverse environmental and social impacts commonly associated with the sub-projects and proposes ways to avoid, minimize and mitigate them. It establishes clear procedures and methodologies for E&S planning, reviews, approval and implementation of safeguards instruments. Additionally, it provides an initial screening system for sub-projects and specifies roles, responsibilities and reporting procedures for managing and monitoring E&S concerns.
The RPF outlines the objectives, principles and procedures that govern the system of land acquisition for the development of public infrastructure and clarifies the rules for identifying people who may be affected by the implementation of project activities. The RPF also includes the analysis of economic and social consequences that result from the implementation of project activities that can affect land availability to people, especially the most vulnerable.
Notice is hereby served on the general public that the afore-mentioned documents have already been disclosed on the website of GCAP and the public may follow the link below to access them:
Hard copies of the documents may also be accessed at the under-listed locations:
|Accra Plains||SADA Zone|
|GCAP Head Office, Cantonments, Accra||GCAP SADA Office, Tamale|
|EPA Head Office Library, Accra||SADA Office, Tamale|
|EPA Regional Offices at Ho and Koforidua||EPA Regional Offices at Tamale, Bolgatanga, Wa|
|Torgorme Community Library, Torgorme||Regional Libraries – Tamale, Bolgatanga, Wa|
|North Tongu District Assembly, Battor|
|The Office of Kpong Irrigation Scheme (KIS), Asutsuare|
|Regional Libraries – Koforidua and Ho|
This Public Notice is also published at the following locations:
- Information Bulletin Boards of GCAP communities in Accra Plains and SADA Zone;
Follow the links below to access the documents: