The programme was launched on the on the 28th of August 2015, at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Accra. Participants for the launch included actors within the agricultural sector, drawn from research and academia, civil society, farmer-based organisations, and financial institutions. The Honourable Minister of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) represented the President of the Republic as the Special Guest of Honour, and was chaired by Professor David Millar, Chairman of Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources at the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC).
Other dignitaries present were the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, the West and Central Africa Director of IFAD, the Country Director of IFAD, Chief Director of MoFA, and Regional representatives from the World Bank.
The programme was duly launched by the Minister of Food and Agriculture on behalf of the President of the Republic of Ghana.
A start-up workshop was organised from the 31st of August to the 4th of September 2015 at the same venue, with the objective of further explaining to selected participants the programme modalities, means of implementation, financing mechanisms, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, among others.
The start-up workshop also offered participants the opportunity to deliberate on possible means of ensuring the success of the programme through various focus group discussions, plenary presentations, and panel discussions.