The Government of Ghana (GoG) though 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 project’s Development Objective (DO) 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 project orientation focuses on commercial agriculture development through public-private partnership (PPP), with the public sector laying the foundational policy, legal, and institutional framework and providing initial financial support to make commercial agriculture attractive to private sector investment.

In compliance with the Environmental Assessment Regulations of 1999 (LI 1652) and the World Bank Policy (OP/BP 4.01) – Environmental Assessment – GCAP has supported over 30 commercial farmers to regularize their environmental compliance statuses with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the development of their Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) reports and Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs). Consequently, all the concerned farmers have obtained their EPA permit.

The ESIA reports present policies, regulations and institutional frameworks; description of farming ventures and alternatives; baseline environmental and socio-economic conditions; stakeholder consultations; potential environment and social impacts and their level of significance.

The ESMPs present details of how the identified potential environmental and social impacts will be avoided, minimized and mitigated. The ESMPs also include grievance redress mechanisms (GRM) and a plan to monitor the impacts.

Notice is hereby served on the general public that the afore-mentioned documents have already been disclosed on GCAP and EPA websites and the public may follow the links below to access the documents:
1. http://gcap.org.gh/about/safeguards/
2. http://www.epa.gov.gh/epa/publications/mofa-ghana-commercial-agric-project

Hard copies of the documents may be accessed at the various locations detailed in the download link below:

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This Public Notice can also be found on the GCAP website: http://gcap.org.gh; GCAP information boards within the project communities; and GCAP offices in Accra and Tamale.

For further enquiries about this disclosure, please contact: gamoasah@gcap.org.gh; rashong@gcap.org.gh

ISSUED BY THE GHANA COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE PROJECT (GCAP)