Collaborative Efforts Enhance Understanding of PFJ 2.0 for Fertilizer Suppliers and Agro-Dealers

04 Apr 2024

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) in Ghana has unveiled the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) 2.0 program, marking a significant shift in the country’s agricultural landscape. With a focus on smart agri-input credit, PFJ 2.0 aims to revolutionize the accessibility and affordability of agricultural inputs, particularly fertilizers, for beneficiary farmers. However, this transition has sparked apprehensions among stakeholders, notably fertilizer suppliers and agro-dealers, who play a crucial role in the agricultural value chain.

Recognizing the importance of ensuring all stakeholders are well-informed and engaged, the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) has initiated collaborative efforts with MoFA to conduct sensitization activities on PFJ 2.0. These activities aim to provide clarity and understanding to fertilizer suppliers and agro-dealers, enabling them to effectively participate and maximize the benefits of the program.

AFAP’s engagement with key stakeholders in the fertilizer and agribusiness sector highlighted an urgent need for comprehensive knowledge and understanding of PFJ 2.0. In response, AFAP facilitated discussions with MoFA, led by the Chief Director and the Minister’s Technical Advisor, to develop a joint sensitization strategy aligned with the ministry’s objectives of engaging all agricultural sector stakeholders.

During these discussions, MoFA expressed readiness to collaborate, recognizing the necessity and relevance of the proposed sensitization activities. AFAP, leveraging MoFA’s expertise and resources, will organize a series of sensitization forums in May 2024, aimed specifically at fertilizer suppliers and agro-dealers. These forums will serve as platforms for disseminating detailed information about PFJ 2.0, fostering stakeholder inclusivity, and strengthening linkages within the implementation process.

By fostering collaboration between MoFA and AFAP, the sensitization activities seek to achieve several objectives. Firstly, they aim to provide participants with a clear understanding of the PFJ 2.0 program, including its objectives, mechanisms, and benefits. Secondly, they strive to facilitate effective participation of fertilizer suppliers and agro-dealers, ensuring they are equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to support program implementation. Lastly, they aim to strengthen stakeholder linkages, fostering a cohesive and supportive environment for the successful rollout of PFJ 2.0 across Ghana.

In conclusion, collaborative efforts between MoFA and AFAP underscore the importance of engaging all stakeholders in the agricultural sector to drive meaningful change. Through targeted sensitization activities, fertilizer suppliers and agro-dealers are poised to play a pivotal role in realizing the full potential of PFJ 2.0, ultimately contributing to enhanced food security and agricultural sustainability in Ghana.