Launch of CORIP II and SWAPP II

29-03-2019

Launch of CORIP II and SWAPP II

Last Thursday, the 29th of March, 2019 Solidaridad held an event at the Swiss Spirits Hotel & Suites Alisa in North Ridge to announce the second phase to CORIP II (Cocoa Rehabilitation and Intensification) and SWAPP II (Sustainable West Africa Oil Palm Agriculture Productivity Programmes). 

Solidaridad’s objective is to improve the growth and profitability of cocoa and oil palm in Ghana. Solidaridad is an organization designed to maximize international development cooperation, capacity, transparency, accountability, performance, and impact.  The theme of the event being “Agriculture service provision: A critical driver for sector transformation.”

The objectives stated at the event for CORIP II and SWAPP II is to improve productivity in the cocoa and oil palm industries to increase income as well as improve the livelihood of hard-working farmers in both sectors. Since the announcement of Phase II, the project has expanded to Ghana, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, and Liberia, where representatives of each country delivered their remarks regarding Solidaridad’ s support of the cocoa and oil palm industries.

The Regional Director for Solidaridad West Africa, Isaac Gymafi gave a passionate speech, stating that the youth needs to get more involved in the agriculture sector. He strongly stated that West Africa needs to invest in modern technologies to improve efficiency in the agriculture sector which will attract the youth. With modern technology, Ghana will not only be able to feed its people but also increase the amount its exports.

Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture, Kennedy Osei Nyarko called for an increase in active private sector support to help the ratio of extension officers to farmers. He stated that as of 2017 there were just 1,600 extension officers to help thousands upon thousands of farmers across Ghana; the current ratio being 1:3,000.

Towards the end of the event, The Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Ron Strikker stated that the cocoa and oil palm sectors were a major factor in Ghana’s economy. He also stated that for Phase I the Dutch Embassy funded 20 million Euros, and for Phase II this amount will be increased to 25 million Euros, added with an extra 4 million funding by the Swiss Government (total of 29 million), this amount garnered a big applause from the distinguished guests.

Midway through the speeches, a story was given in the form of a dance that showed members of Solidaridad aiding farmers with new equipment, to increase the efficiency of cocoa and oil palm production, and after the speeches were given, all guests were invited to a lunch held at the Alisa. The vision for the Agriculture sector in Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Cote d’Ivoire looks bright thanks to the support of Solidaridad, the Dutch Embassy and the Swiss Government.

 

Source:

Micheal van der Staaij,

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