Apart from a low field staff: farmer ratio, funding for public sector extension is shrinking, resulting in over-reliance on donor funding.  The private sector is increasingly participating in the provision of agricultural services including extension. The decentralisation of MoFA has necessitated a change in strategy for the delivery of extension services. Further emerging issues such as the HIV/AIDS pandemic, empowerment of farmers, environmental degradation and poverty reduction need to be tackled within the extension delivery system. The new strategic framework for extension services delivery can therefore not be over-emphasised.

This is a discussion of various issues relating to Agriculture such as improving the quality of local rice to encourage its consumption, an aggresive drive by the Ghana Prison Service to grow its own food to feed prisoners to assessing the role and impact of Rural Banking on SME;S ( Small Medium Enterprises) in Ghana.

This Strategic plan provides a framework for MOFA's child labour intervention in the context of the National Plan of Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour in Ghana (NPA 2009-2015). It is a three year rolling plan with details of the activities that MOFA would perform to contribute to reducing the worst forms of child labour in the agriculture sector to the barest minimum by 2015. The strategic plan, a result of a consultative and technical process, identifies results, resources required and roles that the stakeholders in the agricultural sector will play in its implementation.

This Training Manual on Good Agricultural Practices for Orange Farmers in Ghana has been developed in the frame of strengthening the links between smallholder orange producers in the Central Region of Ghana and two larger orange juice manufacturers. The Training Manual aims to increase the productivity of orange producers and in this way enhance the competitiveness of the entire orange juice value chain. The training on Good Agricultural Practices is considered just a first step. It needs to be followed by the Farmer Business School in which the producers are trained to understand the economics behind efforts towards Good Agricultural Practices.

This Training Manual was produced by Component 3 of the Market Oriented Agriculture Programme (MOAP) “Strengthening Public and Private Service Delivery in Agriculture”, Ministry of Food and Agriculture of the Republic of Ghana, Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services.

A two-day Consultative workshop was organised at the Forest Hotel, Dodowa from 27th – 28th May, 2009 and brought together 60 participants. The main sessions included speeches from donor partners, four topical presentations by selected resource persons, and presentations from some regional MoFA representatives, a statement from the FBO coordinator, group work and plenary sessions.