The Regional Department of Agriculture holds a Stakeholder Engagement Forum on Ghana Agricultural Land Information Bank (GhALIB)
One of the key challenges militating against private sector investment in Ghana is access to land. This is largely as a result of information asymmetry and complexities in titles to land. To address this challenge, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture established a committee in 2019, comprising representatives from various key institutions, to establish a Ghana Agricultural Land Information Bank (GhALIB).
GhALIB is a web-based database that provides an opportunity for landowners to make available their parcels of land for commercial agricultural purposes.
As part of efforts towards the realisation of the objective of GhALIB, the Regional Department of Agriculture on 18th April 2023 held a Stakeholder Engagement Forum at the Stevens Hotel in Ho to deliberate on issues concerning access to agricultural land in the Volta Region. The stakeholders who participated in the forum included the Acting Regional Coordinating Director, the Regional Director of Department of Agriculture, Representatives from the Volta Region House of Chiefs, District Chief Executives, Representatives from the Environmental Protection Aagency (EPA), Representatives from Volta Regional Lands Commission, Representatives from Land-based NGOs, Queen mothers and Chiefs. In all, 26 participants including 3 females attended the forum .
At the forum, stakeholders were briefed on the standardised information on parcels of lands collected and uploaded onto the website for ease of access by prospective investors as well as nominees.The Acting Regional Coordinating Director, Mr. Augustus K. Awity while addressing the forum acknowledged the fact that there were militating challenges in accessing land in the Region and added that the GhALIB will also serve as a clearing house for agricultural land information.