The Root and Tuber Improvement and Marketing Programme (RTIMP) is a follow-up to the Root and Tuber Improvement Programme (RTIP) which was implemented over 1999 to 2005. RTIMP is being sponsored by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Ghana (GoG) for a period of 8 years (2007-2014). The programme, which became effective in November 2006, is expected to be implemented across 60 districts.
The RTIP aimed at developing the R&T subsector focused essentially on developing crop production through research and extension. Although RTIP achieved remarkable results, it became clear that a better balance between crop production and the development of downstream activities like processing and marketing was needed in order to assure that the farmers would reap the full advantages of higher yields and production. This led to the development and financing of the Root and Tuber Improvement and Marketing Programme (RTIMP).
The goal of RTIMP is to enhance income and food security to improve livelihoods of the rural-poor and to build a market-based system to ensure profitability at all levels of the value chain.
The purposes of RTIMP are:
The total Programme investment is estimated at USD 27.80 million, with the following financial structure:
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