Posted by: rumnet | May 22, 2011

SADA ….at a glance

SADA….at a glance 

…The goal is to double per capita incomes of northern Ghanaians and reduce the incidence of poverty to 20 percent within 20 years in the Northern Savannah Ecological Belt…through a “Forested & Green North by 2030

A forested and green North with abundant low hanging fruits

Vision of a Forested and Green North

The vision is to develop a healthy and diversified economy based on the concept of a “Forested North, ”where food crops and vegetables are inter-cropped with economic trees  that are  resilient to climate changes, sustain a stable environment, and create a permanent stake in land and the environment for poor people.

The SADA rests on five pillars:

  1. 1.      A bold Development Authority — Building a strong coordinating institution for accelerated development (SADA) that is based on ownership and participation by the people and institution of the northern savannah. 
  1. 2.      Modernization of Agriculture — Capitalizing on core competence of majority of the people by modernizing agriculture in a manner that responds pro-actively to a growing market, as well as ensuring food security and sustained livelihoods 
  1. 3.      Private Sector Development – through resource mobilization and stimulating investments in value-added processing, light-industrial activities and services oriented towards a regional market spanning the Sahel (including southern Ghana) 
  1. 4.      Strategic Infrastructure Development — Re-orienting and investing in social and economic infrastructure in a manner that reinforces the integration between agricultural modernization that is oriented towards an expanded regional market 
  1. 5.      Livelihoods, Social Protection and Environmental Resilience — Addressing the residual economic and ecological crises which are causing prolonged droughts and floods by accelerating rehabilitation efforts and boosting the capacities of the poorest sections to build assets and gain incomes in a manner that allows them to be active players in the process of socio-economic transformation being initiated by SADA.

Introduction

There is a visible developmental gap between Northern and Southern Ghana, with the North registering significantly higher levels of poverty than the Southern export economy. Bridging this developmental gap has been a long-stated goal of most post-independence Governments of Ghana. The SADA strategy is a growth and sustainable development approach focusing on increasing incomes among the poorest.  It also seeks to transform the northern Ghanaian economy and society into a regional nexus of increased productivity of food and a buffer against persistent droughts and sporadic floods.

SADA Exhibits

  • A strong Government commitment, demonstrated by a decisive policy directive from the President of Ghana, and backed Law, SADA Act 805, 2010. This is also incorporated in Ghana’s Medium-term Development plan prepared by the NDPC; and high-level discussions are underway for sustainable funding of SADA.
  • High Stakeholder Engagement and mandate, reflected in systematic engagement of key stakeholders, including Chiefs, Private sector leaders, Regional Ministers, District Chief Executives, Civil Society Organizations, Members of Parliament, and Development Partners.  These stakeholders gave guidance at the beginning of the strategy formulation; reviewed and commented on various versions of the strategy; and participated in key decisions at critical milestones of policy formulation and legislative processes for SADA.
  • Harmonization with existing plans and programmes demonstrated by several rounds of consultations with Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government, research institutions, the private sector and the National Development Planning Commission’s process of preparing the Medium-term Development Plan for Ghana.

The Strategy

What is Different in SADA?

  1. Development of a Comprehensive Regional Strategy that operates within a national development framework.  The development of a poverty-prone area must be defined public sector-led long-term vision, private sector-based and facilitated by civil society which has a long tradition of development facilitation in the area. In this sense, the state not only provides incentives, but also encourages economic and social transformation through long-term capital and an input delivery system.
  1. A model for the modernization of agriculture that starts from generating a market impetus as the main catalyst for stimulating farmers to produce, with improved technology and timely inputs. By this strategy, farmers do not wait to find markets after they have produced; rather the market defines their production targets and quality.  This strategy is also mindful of food security requirements, especially in the most vulnerable areas.
  1. A major effort in development of infrastructure in a strategic manner. We propose a circular road network that connects the three Northern regions of Upper West, Upper East, Northern, Regions, such that the large production plains that lie in-between the regions are opened-up for brisk farming and economic activities. This road network will be accompanied by an appropriate irrigation and water resources infrastructure, especially drip-irrigation which can be owned by small-holder farmers to facilitate cultivation of cereals, fruits and vegetables all year-round.
  1. Strong linkage between Northern Ghana consisting of the three northern regions and contiguous districts in the northern parts of the Brong Ahafo and Volta regions, and the Sahelian countries — Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali and Northern Ivory Coast — to open-up a truly regional market for goods and services, with Northern Ghana serving as the supply and industrial hub.
  1. A vigorous private sector initiative that strengthens existing private operators, as well as attract new investments in the manufacturing, processing, transport and tourist services in the North of Ghana.  From the nature reserves of Mole and Bui, the Hippo sanctuary of Wechau, the Crocodile ponds of Paga, Northern Ghana captures the nature heart-beat ofGhana.
  1. Support for Civil Society Organizations and NGOs that have long sustained livelihoods and provided a base for mobilizing citizens to engage actively in development throughout the three (3) regions and the districts contiguous to them.
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