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Review of WAAPP 2a Activities

  1. INTRODUCTION
  • WAAPP Phase 2A started in 2013 with an objective of generating and disseminating improved technologies in Ghana’s top priority area  that is root and tuber crops, cereals, legumes and livestock that are aligned with regions top priority crops as identified by CORAF and DAES was mandated to upscale proven technologies generated by research to farmers and other value actors;
  • The strategies adopted by DAES to upscale these improved technologies included:
  • Dissemination of agricultural technologies through community field demonstrations, training of trainers programme on farmer  field school, field days, study tours for farmers and other stakeholders and development, printing and distribution of technical materials to field officers, farmers and other stakeholders;
  • Dissemination of improved technologies on crops such as cassava, cocoyam, sweetpotato, maize, rice, sorghum, groundnut and cowpea;
  1. KEY ACHIEVEMENTS
  • 1,242 community demonstrations had been established in 117 districts in ten (10) regionsfor Cassava, Cocoyam and Sweetpotato, maize, rice, sorghum, groundnut and cowpea to showcase various improved technologies including those in climate smart agriculture to farmers and other stakeholders in the agricultural value chain;
  • The number of beneficiary farmers reached through community demonstrations, distribution of extension material, farmer field schools, and training programmes was estimated to be 171,229 ( 68,492 Women : 102,337 Men ) with collation still on-going;
  • There had been intensification in establishing field demonstration with the use of new varieties with regard to maize (Omankwa, Abontem, etc. which are drought tolerant), rice (Agra rice), cocoyam, cassava (Ampong, Sikabankye, Otuhia and Bronibankye) and sweetpotato (Apomuden, Ogyefo, Tech Santom);
  • Coordinated and participated in regional RELC review sessions in the ten regions.Extension and Training sessions had been organised in 10 regions for Supervisors, field officers and farmers. 592 participants were trained including 386 AEAs, 189 Farmers and 17 RAOs and DAOs. AEAs and farmers were trained on conservation agriculture especially in Ashanti region, Storage of major season maize,Safe use of agro-chemicals, Accessing credit by farmers, Poor Post-harvest handling of vegetables, Food Safety and handling, Yield Loss assessment, prevention and management, etc. These training sessions had enhanced the knowledge of AEAs and farmers in the conservation, especially no-till farming even in the forest areas.
  • Organised study tours for 147 (87Men; 60Women) farmers, field officers and their supervisors to visit model farms for experiential learning, linking farmers to potential markets in the region and also to enhance interaction between farmers and processors, etc. Numerous agribusinesses were visited, which included: B-BOVID Ltd, Ginafil Foods and Industries Ghana Ltd, Kpong Irrigation Scheme, Golden Exotics Ghana Ltd, Ghana Flowers and Greens Ltd and Dahwenya Irrigation Scheme;
  • 104 (93 men and 11women) RAOs, District Directors and DAOs were trained on Proper Handling of  Planting Materials and Guidelines for establishment of field demonstrations and the districts were supported with funds to establish community field demonstrations. Technical knowledge of MOFA staff improved on handling of root and tuber planting materials to ensure good germination and yield coupled with land management practices and environmental protection;
  • To ensure an active participation, ownership and effective supervision in the regions DAES financially supported the Regional Directors of Agriculture and Regional Agriculture Officers (Extension) to technically backstop and supervise the establishment of the community field demonstrations. This in effect, helped in the successful implementation of these planned activities to ensure the adoption of technologies demonstrated in the ten (10) regions;
  • 40,000 Posters were printed on improved varieties and characteristics of root and tuber crops namely, cassava, cocoyam and sweetpotato for distributions to the ten (10) regions. Some of the posters were distributed at the National Cassava Week Celebration held in Accra and also at the National Farmers Day in Bolgatanga. This informed field officers, farmers and the general public of the various improved varieties of cassava, sweetpotato and cocoyam to select and cultivate varieties that would enhance their enterprises;
  • Farmer Field School (FFS) had been established at Agona East District to train Supervisors and AEAs on good agricultural practices for cassava and sweetpotato production. Five (5) sessions had been organised since July for 40 MoFA staff. 17 FFS have been established in 10 districts in 4 regions (namely Central, Eastern, Greater Accra and Volta) for experiential learning with farmers to enhance adoption of improved technologies.   
  1. SUCCESS STORIES
  • Farmer groups in the Asante Akim North and Sekyere East Districts had adopted the use of minimum tillage without fire in land preparation;
  • The Agona East District in the Central region is mainly noted for the production of cassava and maize; having introduced sweetpotato production as a secondary crop with farmers participating in the community demonstration programme, Mr. Lasbat  Darko in the Abuano community emerged as the District Best Sweetpotato Farmer in 2013 by adhering to improved practices;
  • The introduction of Apomuden variety to farmers in the Kotoso community in the Kwahu East District, had revamped a dying sweetpotato production industry, with 90 farmers back into sweetpotato farming;
  • The Manchie Farmers Women Group in the Samsam community in the Ga West District had adopted Bronibankye and Sikabankye varieties for cultivation and processing into gari. They have also started cultivating sweetpotato;
  • Madam Juliana Agbeke, a member of the Adom Cassava Growers Association reported that with an initial plot size of 0.5 acre, she now cultivates 5 acres and uses the income to sponsor her children education through this initiative;
  • The Nimdea Cocoa Farmers Association in the Anyaso community in the Ashanti region was introduced to Omankwa maize variety (a drought tolerant variety) as an alternative livelihood crop under the community demonstration programme. 50 farmers who participated in the programme are now cultivating the improved maize variety in addition to their main crop;
  • A farmer who benefitted from community demonstrations in Atwima Kwanwoma district has graduated to become a secondary multiplier supply planting materials to farmers in the district and environs;
  • Farmers in the Agona East district supply an average of 250 metric tonnes of cassava roots to ASCO per month; 

Useful Information

The WAAPP Coordination Unit in Ghana is the Projects Division of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) whilst the implementing agency is the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The structures put in place to govern and manage the WAAPP in Ghana are the National Steering Committee as well as the NCOS Management Committee and the Competitive Agricultural Research Grant Scheme (CARGS) Board as the Implementing agency.