- Consolidate the gains of previous AfDB investments to optimize the use of infrastructure (e.g. NRGP infrastructure, Fufulso-Sawla trunk road, Techiman-Kintampo road)
- Consolidate the gains of previous AfDB investment to enhance Agriculture Development in the Savannah zone
- The NSEZ constitutes the poorest part of the country with a poverty rate of over 40% which is about double of the national average.
- Potential of Agriculture in the zone to improve living conditions
THE PROJECT IS DESIGNED AND GUIDED BY THE FOLLOWING NATIONAL POLICIES
- Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA-11 2014-2017)
- Food and Agriculture Sector Development Policy (FASDEP) of MOFA.
- Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ)
- Overall Development Objective
- Transform agricultural value chains for food and nutrition security, job and wealth creation within the Savannah zone.
- Increase farmers’ food and nutrition security
- Increase incomes through increased agricultural productivity and diversification;
- Enhance the creation and strengthening of agribusinesses to increase the incomes of actors along selected value chains on a sustainable basis.
Role of CSIR – SARI
- Production of Breeder and Foundation seed for the target commodities (rice, maize, soybean and vegetables
- SARI will develop and produce breeder seed for the target crops. This will be carried out at both on-station and at identified selected locations in the catchment area.
- SARI will also produce foundation seed for selected seed growers. Additionally SARI will work with partners to ensure the production and distribution of quality inoculants for legumes
- Training of Trainers on Climate-Smart Agriculture
- The capacity of agricultural extension officers and lead farmers will be developed to enable them to integrate GAP. Integrated Water and Nutrient management as well as climate information into climate-smart production systems
Setting up demonstration fields to build the capacity of AEAs and lead farmers on GAPs
- The capacity of AEAs and lead farmers will be built on GAPs through field demonstrations in the various districts. The GAPs training will be crop-specific and will include Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM), Integrated Water Management (IWM), and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) among others.
- The ISFM will harness different management practices to promote and /or enhance the fertility status of the soil through the use of organic and inorganic fertilizer
- The team will demonstrate the application of in – situ soil and water management practices that suit northern Ghana through training demonstrations and such practices will be scaled up and out in subsequent years
- The capacity of the beneficiaries will be developed in identifying pests and diseases including the FAW and strategies to control them
Monitoring and evaluation of SAPIP activities at CSIR – SARI
- In order to assess the impact of the various technologies to be deployed, the Institute will carry out internal monitoring and evaluation of the proposed activities.
- Production of extension communication materials on the various technologies
- For the purpose of disseminating the technologies to end-users, extension communication materials (flyers, posters, videos) will be produced under the project.