As part of efforts aimed at addressing fertiliser challenges in the country, Ghana has been selected as a focal country for the implementation of a new dashboard called Visualizing Insights on Fertiliser for African Agriculture (VIFAA).
The dashboard, which will address a number of challenges in the fertiliser industry in Ghana is designed to provide key information on the import, manufacture and usage of fertiliser to policy makers and farmers.
Speaking at press conference to provide details on the dashboard, the Country Lead of Development Gateway, a data management company, Wekem Avatim explained that the platform will provide data to help policy and investment decisions in the fertilizer sector.
“It will give up-to-date and comprehensive fertiliser data available to meet the needs of stakeholders and It is a user-friendly tool”.
He stated that the new dashboard, was developed by Development Gateway, in collaboration with the AfricaFertilizer.org (AFO) initiative of the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC).
He disclosed that funding for the dashboard was provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with collaborative effort with key partners from both public and private sectors.
“The goal of the Dashboard is to help fertiliser industry actors respond appropriately to changes in the fertiliser market, to ensure that sufficient appropriate fertilizers reach our farmers at the right time for planting”.
It is expected that the VIFAA Dashboard in Ghana will enrich decision making among stakeholders in the fertilizer industry. The key beneficiaries will be our farmers who work to ensure agriculture production and productivity.