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The Africa Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ANAPRI), in collaboration with the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), and Alliance for Green revolution (AGRA), recently convened the inception meeting on Policy Prioritization through Value Chain Analysis (PPVC) II in Ghana. This initiative is made possible through funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The event, hosted at the ISSER building on the University of Ghana campus in Legos, Accra was held on Wednesday, February 21st, 2024. The convening brought together over 40 stakeholders from diverse sectors, marking a pivotal step towards an intensive engagement process that will see the roll-out and implementation of the PPVC project over the next three years.

The PPVC approach draws on a package of empirically-grounded tools designed to answer key questions at different stages of the policy and investment process. These tools include four main components, namely, value chain mapping and gross margin analysis, geo-spatial contextualization, multi-market partial equilibrium (PE) modelling, and Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) economy-wide modelling (the Rural Investment and Policy Analysis (RIAPA) model).

The inception meeting sought to achieve three fundamental objectives. Firstly, the convening aimed to introduce the PPVC II framework to key stakeholders in Ghana, including policy makers, private sector representatives, non-state actors and academia. Secondly, the event sought to unveil the roadmap for PPVC II implementation in the country, fostering discussions on the necessary support required from stakeholders for a successful rollout. Lastly, the meeting made a compelling case for why investing time and resources in the initiative is crucial for providing much-needed evidence that can be used to support policy decisions that drive inclusive agricultural transformation in Ghana.

Representatives from various sectors, including AGRA, FAO, the Ministry of Agriculture, Farmer Association groups, and the private sector were present at the meeting. The meeting was a dynamic interactive engagement which saw robust dialogues among stakeholders, facilitating the identification of project milestones, potential challenges, and opportunities to partner and collaborate. Participants actively engaged in discussions, contributing diverse perspectives that will be crucial for the effective deployment of the PPVC II initiative.

Over the next three years, the PPVC II project will not only be implemented in Ghana but also in Zambia, and Malawi, while also building on and extending PPVC I work done in Kenya, and Tanzania. Local think-tanks spearheading the initiative include the Tegemeo Institute for Agricultural Policy and Development (Kenya), Bureau for Agricultural Consultancy and Advisory Services (BACAS) at Sokoine University (Tanzania), MwaPATA Institute (Malawi), Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) in Zambia, and ISSER at the University of Ghana. All the participating institutes, along with BFAP, are proud members of ANAPRI, working collaboratively to shape the future of agricultural policy in Africa.

The inception meeting on Policy Prioritization through Value Chain Analysis (PPVC) II in Ghana hopes to contribute to the broader goal of supporting government efforts to achieve food system transformation. This of course, will require commitment and support of diverse stakeholders and their collective efforts to prioritize policies through value chain analysis are pivotal steps toward shaping a resilient and prosperous future for agriculture in Ghana.