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GAFSP provides $50million for Smallholder commercialisation programme

June 20, 2016 By Victoria Saffa

The Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme (GAFSP) has provided a grant of US$50 million for implementation of the Smallholder Commercialisation Programme(SCP) to aid agricultural productivity growth through technology adoption and water management, according to Information, Education and Communication Officer George Nyambe Williams.

Williams said implementation challenges, coupled with the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in the country, forced the SCP/GAFSP to narrow down their operations in the past years.

He stated that following a successful supervision by the lead supervisory entity, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), from 19th May to 2nd  June, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) was now poised to tackle challenges that have been affecting its performance over the years.

He said the SCP/GAFSP would be undertaking a three week nationwide Beneficiary Profiling and Base Line Survey, beginning 21th June to 15th July, 2016.

“We are therefore informing the public, including its beneficiaries that 100 enumerators and nine field Supervisors will be engaged in collecting field data across the country for twenty days,” he said, noting that the enumerators would be identified by tags bearing authorised signatures.

Williams further said that a total of 31,000 beneficiaries are expected to be profiled during the twenty days exercise, and that SCP/GAFSP was soliciting the full participation of all SCP/GAFSP beneficiaries and cooperation of public in making the exercise a success.

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