Upon a request by government for support for the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) flagship agriculture programme, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) developed a Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) to support the overall implementation of PFJ in conjunction with technical officers from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA).
The TCP seeks to provide technical assistance in enhancing delivery of the PFJ pillars.
Additionally, it also seeks to stimulate an enabling environment for institutions, instruments and private entrepreneurship to deliver on the various components f the PFJ to achieve its desired results of food and nutritional security in the country as well as providing jobs for the youth.
Speaking on behalf of Abebe Haile Gabriel, FAO Country Representative, the Deputy Regional Representative for FAO Africa, Serge Nakouzi, said the project has been designed to support the building of institutional capacity within the seed sector and directly support the capacity building of seed growers in Ghana.
In addition, the project will also promote real time data collection from the field and enhance extension officers’ capacity to use available e-platform, web-based resources, and mobile telephony in extension delivery.
Abebe Haile Gabriel noted that Ghana produces a variety of crops in various climatic zones but there is great concern of the low development of agriculture which results in high food imports.
Ms Angela Dannson (MoFA), representing the Chief Director, Patrick Ankobiah, and chaired the event, observed that the 2017 (PFJ) programme reached 202,000 farmers and showed evidence of jobs created and yield increases.
She said the programme this year intends to reach 500,000 farmers nationwide.
The inception workshop is meant to share project goals, objectives, and expected results with key stakeholders.
The meeting brought together experts from the ministries, its directorate and other stakeholders in the agriculture and commodity value chain sectors to help frame the implementation arrangements and the needed partnerships that would allow for a successful delivery of results.