Agriculture experts discuss & fine-tune METASIP III (2018-2021)
Another phase of developing the agriculture medium term development plant (2018-2012) ended in Accra last week with stakeholders’ input which has become imperative since the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA II 2014-2017) ends this year.
The two-day workshop dubbed: “Domestication of Malabo Commitments into the 2nd Generation National Agriculture Investment Plan” (NAIP), provided a platform for stakeholders to validate the national agricultural development framework which is to guide the development and implementation of the Medium Term Agriculture Sector Investment Plan (METASIP III).
It also provided the platform for stakeholders to assess progress made on the roadmap for the development of the METASIP III.
Mr. Ernest Rudizindaza, the CAADP Team Leader at the African Union Commission (AUC), a co-sponsor of the workshop together with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), thanked the government for showing leadership to integrate the Malabo Declaration in its national agriculture development plan.
He noted that the second phase of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Plan (CAADP) adopted by African Heads of State in 2014 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, adopted a continental plan to transform agriculture on the continent by 2025, and in line with this commitment, African states have committed to grow agriculture by 6 percent of GDP annually, while committing not less than 10 percent of annual budgets to agriculture which will be used to unlock private sector investment in agriculture.
He underscored the importance of translating the commitments by African Heads of State in national agriculture plans since as part of the commitments, African states have submitted to biennial reviews of progress made in line with Malabo.
To this end, he lauded the inclusive participatory planning which the two-day stakeholders’ workshop sought to achieve. Among the objectives of the two-day event were the validation of the national agricultural policy matrix for 2018 to 2021, assess the roadmap for clarity, content, feasibility for the development of METASIP III, and ensure the new sector plan (METASIP III) will be Malabo complaint.
Daniel Ohemeng Boateng, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) who represented the sector Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie said METASIP III begins on January 1, 2018 to 2021, and reiterated government’s commitment ri developing a robust agriculture sector and noted that the government’s “planting for Food and Jobs” will ensure food security in Ghana.
Sixty participants representing senior level government officials, policymakers, technical experts working on different aspects of agriculture development across the food chain, representing private sector associations, and representatives of research and development institutions, CSOs, farmer associations and agriculture finance institutions took part.