agriculture

Local Government Service (LGS) and USAlD’s Northern Ghana Governance Activity (NGGA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to train key local government agencies on financial resource mobilisation and management for improved agricultural productivity.

The NGGA is a five-year USAlD-funded project which is implemented by a consortium led by CARE International in 28 districts in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions of Ghana.

Action Aid Ghana, SEND Ghana, and the West Africa Network for Peace-building in Ghana (WANEP), are all part of the consortium.

The purpose of the agreement initiated by the US Government and Feed the Future, will on the their hand harness development coordination and citizen engagement, and as well as enable the MMDAs and RCCs to strengthen coordination, improve service delivery and increase governance responsiveness to agricultural development.

Head of the Local Government Service, Dr. Nana Ato Arthur, at the event in Accra indicated that, the partnership would support joint priorities, complementing and leveraging comparative advantages.

According to him, the first batch of training programmes under the MoU, would focus on decentralisation and local governance, social accountability and use of Public Financial Management templates and public financial management and Internal GSenerated Fund strategy.

He emphasised that, “This particular partnership is also crucial because it has come at a time the government is laying emphasis on one of its flagship programme; Planting for Food and Jobs and improvement in the agricultural sector being one of the areas of focus.”

Dr. Ato Arthur also said, by the support of government and some development partners, a number of generic training programmes had been developed and rolled out for staff of the departments of Districts Assemblies, including Department of Agriculture, to enhance the capacities of staff to facilitate planning, coordination and collaboration for improved governance in the sectors.

The Country Director of Care International, Ghana, Mr. Yawo Douvon, on his part said “the partnership indicates a significant milestone in the relationship with the Government of Ghana as we work together to promote efficiency and effectiveness in local government service delivery.”

He added that “Development practice has revealed that, good governance is the strongest source for citizens’ voice and a vehicle for transparency, accountable stewardship and inclusive development.”

“This is timely, as it is in tune with the government’s drive for financial autonomy for the nation. It will leverage agricultural productivity and agro-industry development to strengthen local economies

The reason why the focus is on the regions in the north is to recognize the dire poverty and deprivation prevalent in that part of the country.”

However, he said, in order to address issues like these, partnerships of this nature are very strategic. Adding that, there is the need for a rethink in ways that can pave way for the achievement of behavioural change which is very key for progress in the community.

By:Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh

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