A key constraint to investment in agriculture in Ghana is the ability to effectively identify and implement policy reforms that improve the enabling environment. Ghana policymakers need to generate better data and better use existing data and information to support appropriate and effective policy analysis, decision-making, and planning. The USAID Ghana Feed the Future Agriculture Policy Support (APS) Project is stepping in to fill this gap.
Through APS, Chemonics is working to improve the enabling environment for private sector investment in agriculture. The project works with the Ghanaian government, the private sector, and civil society organizations to improve the capacity for evidence-based policy formation, implementation, research, and advocacy. This contributes to USAID’s overall goal of fostering broad-based, sustained, and inclusive economic growth in Ghana. To achieve these goals, the program collaborates with the public and private sectors to promote reform of three critical areas: policy formulation and implementation, policy research, and policy advocacy.
In parallel, to improve the policy formulation and implementation process, APS provides technical assistance to executive and legislative branch bodies to improve data and statistics capability, organizational effectiveness, and other capacity needs. APS supports many public and private institutions, including the Ghanaian government’s vision of the Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System node under the Medium-Term Agriculture Sector Investment Plan Steering Committee as a central hub for knowledge management, information, and stakeholder brokering related to the plan’s policies and programs.
APS also supports agriculture policy research and analysis through a small grants fund for research development and scholarships for agriculture policy-related advanced degrees. The project also builds the capacity of research institutions to deliver policy impact analyses and data for use in formulation and implementation.
Finally, APS improves policy advocacy to amplify the voice of the private sector (civil society, private associations, and the media) in the public policy process by conducting technical and organizational training and providing small capacity building grants.