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Ghana - Ghana Savannah Investment Programme - Summary ESMP
The Savanna Investment Programme is part of the Ghana Government’s agenda to ensure immediate and adequate availability of food in the country through improved productivity and intensification of targeted commodities; creation of job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youth in the agriculture and allied sectors; and setting up of agribusinesses. The Project is anchored in the Planting for Food and Jobs Campaign (PFJ) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture as well as the One District One Factory (1D1F) initiative of the government of Ghana. The PFJ seeks to enhance agricultural production while the 1D1F looks at agro-industrial development aspects of the project. Whiles the aforementioned are nationwide programs, the Savanna Investment Programme will focus on the agri-business clusters of the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone (NSEZ). The NSEZ constitutes the poorest part of the country with a poverty rate of over 40% which is about double the national average. The zone is characterized with relatively more challenging agro-ecological conditions, low socio-economic indicators and historical neglect in public investments in infrastructure and services. Development of this zone has been discussed as a national imperative for Ghana’s balance of payments, macro-economic stability, economic growth, food security, jobs and poverty reduction.