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Ghana is a lower middle income country with the potential to develop its economy. The agricultural sector is composed of crops and forestry and the industries include mining, construction and more recently oil and gas. Ghana is a solid democracy and made progress in terms of Human Rights. The European Union-Ghana cooperation will be in accordance with the Compact 2012-2022 “Leveraging Partnerships for Shared Growth and Development”. You can also read the National Indicative Programme for cooperation with the European Union here.
Ghana has rich and diverse natural resources. These resources are exploited by the agricultural and industrial sectors to meet the growing needs of the population. The impact of the unsustainable use of these resources is estimated to 10% of GDP. As a result, the management of natural resources is now a major concern of the authorities. For more information, you can read the State of Ghana’s Environment published by the Ghana Environmental Protection Agency. Finally, Mitigate the consequences of climate change and Protect the environment and biodiversity are two strategic objectives of the European Union development assistance in Ghana.
One of the sectors of cooperation aims to ensure a productive investment in agriculture in the Savannah Ecological Zones. Based on the 20-year Savannah Accelerated Development Authority strategy (SADA, 2010-2030), the strategy calls for a rapid increase of sustainable agriculture production and investment in services like water, energy and infrastructures. These investments will be conceived in a context of green development with a special attention on clean and renewable sources of energies and integrated water resources management.
Interventions will be done in the frame of a climate change adaptation and mitigation. The depleting of wood resources and the recurrence of floods and droughts are causing degradation of the soil and are elements of concern. Interventions will aim to prevent further environment degradation. The Ghana Green Growth Agenda will be a key element of the implementation of the programme.
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