6TH World Bank Implementation Support Mission Launched

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The 6TH World Bank Implementation Support Mission (ISM) for GCAP has been launched at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) Resource Centre in Accra with a call on stakeholders to work collaboratively to help the project to deliver on its mandate. The Chief Director of MoFA, Ing. Joseph Boamah who launched the mission, said it had “come to help us to straighten our path” for the project to achieve its objectives. The Task Team Leader (TTL) for GCAP at the World, Dr Hardwick Tchale, expressed his pleasure in undertaking the mission and asserted that it would examine the restructured project and how it is taking shape, look at all the components, and sub-components and their specific technical issues. The mission will also look at land, financial and procurement safeguards issues.

The TTL observed that since the restructuring of the project in November 2015, there had been two missions but then things were only beginning to take shape. The present mission will therefore go deeper to see how far the project has come. He said GCAP is a very important project for which the Government and the World Bank have the joint responsibility to ensure it succeeds in achieving its project development objectives. In terms of rating, the TTL was hopeful that the project can build on what it has now and move out of Moderately Satisfactory to something better.

The Lead Social Development Specialist of the World Bank, Alexandra Bezeredi, stated that from field observations, she concluded there was an inclusion of project area communities in every aspect of GCAP activities. She and her team had visited five farms and noted that co-ordination was good with regular flow of communication among stakeholders, especially with the investors, she added. Though there were challenges such as misunderstandings between a few communities and investors over land, these were easily resolved with the active mediation of community chiefs and GCAP.

Brian Conclin, USAID Deputy Director for the Economic Growth Office and Agriculture Team Leader, expressed appreciation to the World Bank for the diligence in ensuring that the mission came off. The Project Co-ordinator for GCAP, Charles Nornoo, gave a presentation on all the seven components of the project indicating various achievements and challenges.

The two-week mission which began on 21st November with technical meetings and field visits to the SADA Zone and Accra Plains, will end on 1st December.