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Your Excellency John Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana
Mr. Chairman
Honorable Ministers
Honorable Members of the Parliament
Members of the Diplomatic Corps and Head of Agencies
Invited Development Partners
Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

It is great pleasure and honour for me to be here today on the occasion of the official launch of the Ghana Agricultural Sector Investment Programme, already commonly known as ‘GASIP’.

Mr. Chairman,
Hon Ministers of State
Distinguished Reps of our Development Partners
Deputy Governor of Bank of Ghana
Heads of Departments and Agencies Present
Our hardworking Farmers and Fisher-Folk
Heads of Financial Institutions
Invited dignitaries
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to join you today for the launch of the Ghana Agricultural Sector Investment Programme (GASIP) being implemented by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

Gilbert F. Houngbo, former Prime Minister of Togo and the new President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), outlines how he intends to lead the organisation in tackling global issues such as youth migration and gender inequality in poor, rural areas.
Gilbert F. Houngbo, the new president of IFAD, outlines his positive perspective on rural transformation © IFAD
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The key note address was delivered by the minister of Food and Agriculture, Hon. Fiifi Fiavi  Kwetey, on behalf of the President of the Republic, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama. The President noted that GASIP is a collaborative programme between MOFA and IFAD to support agricultural productivity.

Statement by Director, West and Central Africa – International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
The IFAD Director for West and Central Africa, Mr. Ides De Willebois, in his address expressed gratitude for the opportunity to be part of the GASIP launch. He extended the appreciation of IFAD to the GoG for this partnership, and noted that over the past 35 years IFAD has partnered the Government of Ghana in 17 programmes and projects with US$271.5 million in loans and grants which have benefited some 3.5 million rural people.  He stated that IFAD has recognised the country’s effort in improving agricultural productivity targeting rural transformation.

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The Ghana Agricultural Sector Investment Programme (GASIP) aims at providing a framework and institutional basis for a long-term engagement and supplementary financing for scaling up investments in private sector-led pro-poor agricultural value chain development. Read more...

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