AGRA SUPPORTS GHANA’S [LANTING FOR FOOD AND JOBS INITIATIVE

ACCRA, The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which promotes the development of agroicultural products on the continet, has expressed support for the Ghanaian government's Planting for Food and Jobs initiative saying as it will create jobs opportunities and increase food production, says its president, Dr Agnes Kalibata.

AGRA, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as the Rockefeller Foundation, will have discussions with the government on how it can help in the implementation of this initiative over the next few years, she said here Wednesday when she paid a courtesy call on Food and Agriculture Minister Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto.

Dr Kalibata presented to the Minister AGRA's final draft subsidy model and strategic plan for discussion and validation with development partners. She said her current visit was to discuss and explore ways of bringing experiences across the continent and facilitate modalities to improve agriculture in the West Africa sub-region.

The engagement was about moving skills, knowledge and capacity from different part of the continent for countries to learn from each other, since agriculture is critical to the development of every country, she said.

She said African farmers had not had the right access to improved fertilizer and the draft on the subsidy model was aimed at supporting smallholder farmers through subsidised inputs to achieve improved yields and to increase food production.

She explained that the model would create the needed knowledge for farmers to understand the value of using these inputs with the help of extension services to improve upon their operations and earn more revenue.

She said AGRA wished to continue to build partnerships with government and private sector to create and develop seed systems for farmers in the country. Over the past years, AGRA had supported Ghana's agriculture projects, especially smallholders farmers, to improve yields, create more jobs and increase food production.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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