Ghana’s Agricultural Water Management Project (AWMP) will receive a €44.7 million grant from the European Union and the French Development Agency

The Agricultural Water Management Project (AWMP) is one of the interventions government facilitated to mitigate the impact of perennial drought, a significant setback impeding the prospects of the agrarian economy in the five Northern regions of Ghana

Ghana’s Ministry of Finance announced on 5 April 2022 that Ghana will receive a €44.7 million grant from the European Union (€39.7 million) and the French Development Agency (€5 million) to develop its irrigated agriculture system known as the Agricultural Water Management Project (AWMP).

The Minister of Finance, H.E. Ken Ofori-Atta, said 14 districts in northern Ghana would benefit from the grant to construct and maintain irrigation infrastructure. The stated objective is to boost productivity in the agricultural sector and improve the incomes of smallholders and farmers in this part of the country.

“Modernizing agriculture by improving the performance of the existing irrigation sector, utilising the country’s significant irrigation potential, mechanisation, improving farmers’ access to improved technologies such as high-yielding varieties, improved agronomic practices, and crop protection techniques can ensure accelerated growth in the agricultural sector in Ghana. “ Regassa Namara et al., International Water Management Institute

“The project we are signing today will support smallholder farmers to make their yields more predictable and increase their income. It is an ambitious and important investment, which will boost the socio-economic development of regions in northern Ghana, essential for the development and stability of the country” Ms Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships.

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