Statement by the National Programme Cordinator – Mr. Klutse Kudomor

Chief Director, Representatives of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), National Directors of the Ministry of Food & Agriculture (MoFA), Directors of Regional and District Agriculture Departments, Partnering Value Chain Drivers (VCDs), Smallholder Farmer Organization Leads, the Media, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen.

It is an honour to have you join us in our first stakeholder encounter under the theme:

“Consolidating the Gains in Strengthening Smallholder Farmer Organizations’’. Thank you for coming, and for those of you joining online, thank you for your participation.

Mr. Chairman, as you are aware, the Ghana Agricultural Sector Investment Program, GASIP is currently being financed by an IFAD loan of 36 million USD and Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Program (ASAP) grant of 10 million USD. The Programme is being implemented by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

The goal and objective of GASIP is to sustainably reduce poverty in rural Ghana by increasing profitability and resilience to climate change of Agribusinesses & Smallholder Farmers.

GASIP became effective in 2015 and was expected to close by June 2021. However, the Programme is being considered for Extension so as to complete outstanding activities.