July 31, 2012
The Project for Sustainable Development for Rain-fed Lowland Rice Production which Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are currently implementing in the Ashanti and Northern regions, will organize a ‘Green Revolution Game' workshop for stakeholders, including Regional, District Agriculture officeｓ in Kumasi and Tamale.
The Game is a kind of simulation and its outcome will be reflected in District rice extension plans which the Project has been supporting for improvement its viability. The Game is a representation of how people live in a ‘simulated' country and co-exist, while they act as other stakeholders to develop economic and agricultural potentials including rice production of their communities to sustain livelihood and various economic activities.
Currently, rice consumption in urban areas in the Republic of Ghana has increased; meanwhile, supply of domestic rice is low. Hence, supply of rice (60%-70%) depends much on imported rice.
At the request of the Government of Ghana, from June 2006 to March 2008, JICA conducted a Study on the Promotion of Domestic Rice in Ghana. The Study proposed an Integrated Development Program for rice farming system in Ghana. One of the proposed action plans in the priority programs was the Rain-fed, Lowland Rice Production. This was adopted by the Government of Ghana and implementation of the Project in Ashanti and Northern regions for five-year duration (July 2009-July 2014) commenced in July 2009.
The Project has had unprecedented impact on farmers in the two regions, as volumes of production and quality of grain have increased and improved substantially In year 2012, the project is targeting establishment of 165 plots as a technology learning place with 108 communities for both regions.
The Project has 3 components, (i) the development of technical package of improved rain-fed lowland rice production practices, (ii) verification of methodology to improve farming support system for sustainable rain-fed lowland rice production, and (iii) establishment of extension procedure for the sustainable rain-fed lowland rice development. The Project is supported and jointly implemented by MOFA, including Ghanaian counterparts such as the Regional Agricultural Development Unit and the District Agricultural Development Unit. These units ensure active participation by farmers and the transfer of knowledge from the Japanese Expert Team to their Ghanaian counterparts for sustainable and continuity, long after the Project duration.
The Green Revolution Game is an effective learning methodology that combines the roles of stakeholders in a rural setting; farmers, merchants, rice dealers, government officers, etc. The Game workshop is a component of the Rain-fed Lowland Rice Production Project. It will be held in Tamale on Tuesday, 31st July, 2012 and in Kumasi on Tuesday, 7th August, 2012, where the key stakeholders of the Project including farmers will actively participate.