January 15, 2020 - A team of local PEP researchers held a national policy conference to discuss how Ghana’s fertilizer subsidy program can be extended following findings that it boosts growth and employment.
The event attracted nearly 80 attendees, including representatives of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), public and private institutions, national and international NGOs, and the media.
The team presented findings and recommendations from their PEP study that sought identify key policy options for growth and gainful employment in Ghana, selected under the PAGE II initiative in 2018. See PEP Policy Brief 205 for findings and policy implications.
The researchers explained that the Planting for Food and Jobs fertilizer subsidy program provides important benefits for Ghana’s economy. These benefits include increased GDP growth, reduced unemployment, and improvements to household welfare. Additionally, the team showed that the Planting for Food and Jobs fertilizer subsidy program is more cost-effective for improving welfare than the Nation Builder’s Corps (NABCO) program.
The team called for policymakers to invest further resources in the Planting for Food and Jobs fertilizer subsidy program so that it may be maintained or even extended to at least 2024.
The Director of the Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate at the MoFA promised to ensure the team’s evidence would be shared at the Ministry’s policy discussions, particularly those regarding the Planting for Food and Jobs fertiliser subsidy program.
Similarly, the Director of the Planting for Food and Jobs Secretariat at the MoFA said the team’s recommendations would feed into the Secretariat’s policy discussions this year.He also congratulated the team for producing important and timely evidence.
16 journalists attended the event, including representatives of the Ghana News Agency and the Daily Graphic (national daily newspaper) who reported from the event.
The research team organized the event with financial and advisory support from PEP. The conference was hosted in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture at the MOFA Resource Center.