Wednesday the 10th of September, 2014 saw the official launching of the Farmer Based Organization (FBO) website (www.fbosecretariatghana.com) by MoFA. The launch by the Hon. Minister for Food and Agriculture, Fifi Fiavi Kwetey (MP) was attended by representatives from the Australian High Commission as well as members of the FBO National Steering Committee, national directors and senior staff of MoFA. Also present were members of FBO apex bodies, FBOs as well as farmers and the Media. The website is expected to augment the Ministry’s effort at FBO promotion and development as envisaged in the Food and
Agricultural Sector Development Policy (FASDEP II). As one of the key objectives, it emphasizes the use of FBOs for agricultural service delivery for a more cost effective and rapid dissemination of technologies to small scale farmers. Specifically, the policy document envisages the establishment of an efficient demand-driven service (including extension, irrigation mechanism, crop and livestock production) in a decentralized system that will foster partnership between the government and the private sector. In his speech, the Hon. Minister thanked the Government of Australia for their support for the development and hosting of the website, which is one of the many outputs achieved under the two year FBO Capacity Development Project which began in October 2012. The Project was financed by the Government of Australia under the Australian Africa Partnership Facility. For the sustenance of achievements made under the Project, he called for the support and strengthening of partnerships with other stakeholders and private sector under the PPP.
Madam Zebeta Moutafis, the Head of Cooperation at the Australian High Commission represented the Australian High Commissioner, H. E. Joanna Adamson. Giving a speech on behalf of the High Commissioner, she expressed satisfaction at the outcomes of the Project. She also reiterated the long standing bilateral relationship and support existing between both Governments which included educational scholarship programmes among others. She was optimistic that the support provided will go a long way in contributing to achieve the objectives of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture thereby enhancing the productivity of the Agricultural Sector.