The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa
The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa, a United Nations Agency that promotes competent management of the natural resources in Africa has lauded the Public-Private Partnership – PPP agreements in the agricultural sector.
According to the institute, the current agreement is making a positive impact economically, on farming communities especially.
Consultant for the study Dr. Richard Bonsi said after the launch, Ghana stands to benefit extremely if PPPs aimed at improving yields in the agric sector are prioritized.
The 5-month study which required to find out what outcomes exists from PPP arrangements in agriculture and the environment considered 7 domains for study. It explored the economic benefits derived by the communities and the partners in the PPP arrangement with respect to access to land by the farmers especially.
It also inquired whether there are benefits with respect to environmental sustainability and also whether there are any benefits in the area of social inclusion and cohesion for the communities.
Report said, two domains were recognized as most important statistically thereby, making major impacts. These were the economic and technological domains.
Mr. Bonsi noted, some of the communities have improved a lot in the technology use and have adopted some new equipment for their use. A case in point under the technological domain is one community producing onions which have seen the project introduce a prototype storage facility for the farmers.
According to the report, the facility has helped the farmers in storing their onions thus, increasing the lifetime of their onions. They are now able to sell their produce for a good price over a long period of time without having them go off.
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