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The event was the result of a collective effort and active partnership between the Government of Ghana, the Upper West Regional Coordination Council, the German Cooperation and the European Union, and organized by GIZ as part of the Market Oriented Agriculture Programme (MOAP).
This event is part of a larger agricultural programme in the Upper West Region promoting a holistic approach involving all stakeholders, private and public, under the leadership of national and decentralised structures. Supported by three programmes – Market Oriented Agriculture Programme (MOAP), Resilient Agriculture against Climate Change (REACH) and Productive Investments Programme –is aiming at having a greater impact on poverty reduction by contributing to increased annual incomes of smallholder farmers' households, securing permanent jobs in the supported value chains, and sustaining natural resources.
In particular, the Market Oriented Agriculture Programme (MOAP) applies a value chain development approach, which works on various levels along the supported value chains and with multiple actors. Recognising the importance of the private sector, one of the focuses of the intervention is to enhance business opportunities for sustainable investments in agricultural value chains.
This first Agribusiness Fair and Conference in Wa is therefore was designed as a platform to exchange views and experiences, showcase private sector initiatives and innovative approaches, support value addition and competitiveness of local agricultural products and unlock the potential of the agricultural sector in the region to create jobs, particularly for the youth and women.
The fair provided the occasion to promote the development of Northern Ghana, in particular, the Upper West Region.