The Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) is implementing the Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP) with funds from the World Bank and USAID. The project development objective (PDO) is to improve agricultural productivity and production of both smallholder and nucleus farms in selected project intervention areas in Ghana.
Under its Matching Grants Scheme, GCAP has implemented the First Call in the Accra Plains and SADA Zone, and the Nasia-Nabogo Inland Valley (NNIV) project in the Northern Region. Under the First Call, GCAP provided support to 31 nucleus farmers and 9,350 outgrowers with land development, warehouses, irrigation infrastructure, access roads and capacity building.
At the Nasia-Nabogo, having identified the area as an important growth pole, GCAP has successfully completed technical feasibility studies covering an area of 20,000ha. Of this, 10,000ha has been identified a suitable for inland valley rice production. GCAP has therefore developed a total of 600ha with contour bunds to cultivate rice. Beneficiaries under the NNIV project are 6 investors and about 350 smallholder farmers. The other 10,000ha which is suitable for irrigation development has been packaged into an infopack to be marketed to investors for development under a PPP arrangement.
GCAP is also undertaking rehabilitation and modernization of the four major irrigation schemes namely;
- Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Project (KLBIP) – Volta Region
- Kpong Irrigation Scheme (KIS) – Eastern/Greater Accra Region
- Tono Irrigation Scheme – Upper East Region