The United State Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement (ADVANCE) Program and the Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (CERSGIS) today launched an online Geographic Information System (GIS) Platform.
The online platform will make available agricultural spatial data to agribusiness actors including processors, input supplies, mechanization service providers, and farmers; investors, new development projects and academia required such data.
The program is a USAID-funded project, re-designed in 2011 to comply with USAID’s new Feed the Future strategy, and implemented by a consortium of local and international partners led by ACDI/VOC.
The goal of ADVANCE is to facilitate a transformation of Ghana’s agricultural sector in selected agricultural staples (maize, rice, and soybean) to achieve a greater degree of food security among the rural population in the North while increasing competitiveness in the domestic markets.
The ADVANCE program contributes directly to achieving the objectives of USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative relating to reducing poverty and hunger through inclusive agricultural growth and improved nutrition.
The program adopts a value chain approach where smallholder farmers are linked to markets, fiance, inputs and equipment services and information through relatively larger nucleus (commercial) farmers and large traders (aggregators) who have the capacity to invest in these chains. And also of smallholder farmers to increase the efficiency of their farm business with improved production and post-practices that include improved seed varieties and access to quality inputs, mechanization services and markets access.