All set for GCAP launch
The National Steering Committee of The Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP) has held its maiden meeting at Sogakope in the Volta Region. The two-day meeting was chaired by the Hon. Clement Kofi Humado, Minister of Food and Agriculture, who also chairs the GCAP Steering Committee.
“GCAP is indeed an idea whose time has come. The Ghanaian farmer cannot wait any longer,” remarked Hon. Humado in opening the meeting. “It gives me great joy to see that we are well on course in opening a new chapter in Ghana’s commercial agriculture sector. What is needed now is a sense of urgency in rolling out GCAP, for the benefit of our good people.”
The Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP) is a USD 145 million Government of Ghana programme, jointly funded by the World Bank and USAID. The project seeks to significantly scale up efforts to develop commercial agriculture nation-wide, by facilitating access to land, strengthening Ghana’s investment promotion infrastructure for attracting agri-business investors, and promoting public-private partnerships and small-holder linkages in the Accra Plains and the SADA Zone.
Present at the meeting was Maurice Tanco Abisa-Seidu, Chief Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, members of the GCAP Steering Committee and the Project Implementation Unit, led by Alabi Bortey, GCAP Project Coordinator.
The meeting reviewed the current status of the project, adopted various project implementation manuals. The Steering Committee further reviewed proposed GCAP logos and a draft website design.
The team paid working visits to some commercial rice projects around Sogakope, including the Brazil Agribusiness Group project (Agro-Brazil) and GADCO Farms.