Overview Summary of Information Relating to Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Call for Concept Notes (Due on July 10, 2019):

Combining Solar-Powered Irrigation with Free Digital Resources to Facilitate Food Production, Education and Entrepreneurship in Northern Ghana

A.  Project Summary:

1) Combining Solar-Powered Irrigation with Free Digital Resources to Facilitate Food Production, Education and Entrepreneurship in Northern Ghana with Funding Through Blended Finance

2) Slightly Expanded Version of Concept Note submitted to GAC: Empowering Women with Smart Irrigation, Information and Enterprise Support

B. People involved in contributing information for the concept note application form to Global Affairs Canada:

1) Ksenia Kokareva, Project Manager, Think Renewables Group.  Ksenia holds a Master’s degree in Global Affairs and specializes in consulting and policy research in developing contexts. She has recently returned from working in East Africa and now resides in Toronto, Canada.

2) Dr. Renata Konadu from the Pan African Centre for Climate (PACC) Policy.  She is originally from a remote area of Ghana and is also a lecturer at De Montfort University in the UK.

3) Prof. Justice N. Bawole, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Management, Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management, University of Ghana Business School (USBS)

5) Ing. Prof. Abdul-Ganiyu Shaibu, Associate Professor in Soil and Water Engineering/HOD, Department of Agricultural Engineering, School of Engineering, UDS, Tamale, Ghana

6) Dr. Eileen Bogweh Nchanji, Gender Specialist, International Center for Tropical Agriculture, c/o ICIPE – International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Nairobi, Kenya

7) Prof. Albert Ahenkan, Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Public Administration, University of Business School

8) Elizabeth Basauri Bryan, Senior Scientist, Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC

9) Dr. Olufunke Cofie, Principal Researcher & Regional Representative, International Water Management Institute – West Africa, Accra, Ghana.

10) Lamnatu Adam, Executive Director, Songtaba,Tamale, Ghana

11) Madam Fati Alhassan, Founder, Grassroots Sisterhood Foundation

12) Paul Stevers, President and CEO of Think Renewables Group, Toronto, Canada.

C. Global Affairs Application form and related:

1) Blank Global Affairs Canada (GAC) formal grant application form at this link: application form, which can only be viewed with latest version of Adobe reader.

2) Link to download the latest version of Adobe reader: https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/otherversions/  to view application form.

3) Blank GAC grant application form for viewing via any PDF viewer: https://thinkrenewables.com/share/GAC-smo-call-eng-print.pdf

4) Key pages on the GAC website for this application:

a) Feminist International Assistance Gender Equality Toolkit for Projects

https://www.international.gc.ca/world-monde/funding-financement/gender_equality_toolkit-trousse_outils_egalite_genres.aspx?lang=eng

b) Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy

https://www.international.gc.ca/world-monde/issues_development-enjeux_developpement/priorities-priorites/policy-politique.aspx?lang=eng

c) Development Innovation

https://www.international.gc.ca/world-monde/issues_development-enjeux_developpement/priorities-priorites/development_innovation-innovation_developpement.aspx?lang=eng

D. Relevant research papers & articles relating to this grant application:

1) The piper calls the tune: changing roles of Northern Ghanaian women in agriculture by Eileen Bogweh Nchanji, International Center for Tropical Agriculture

2) Impact of Irrigation on Agricultural Productivity, Nutrition, Health and Women’s Empowerment in Ghana, by Dawit Mekonnen, Associate Research Fellow, Environment and Production Technology Division, IFPRI

3) Considering gender in irrigation: Meeting the challenges women farmers face in technology adoption, Mar 14, 2019, BY Elizabeth Bryan and Hagar El Didi

4) Assessing the sustainability of vegetable production practices in northern Ghana by Eileen Bogweh Nchanji, et al., 27 Apr 2017.

5) Typology of Irrigation Systems in Ghana, IWMI WORKING PAPER 142, Regassa E. Namara, et al., 2010

6) Article: WE Forum: “The Sahel is engulfed by violence. Climate change, food insecurity and extremists are largely to blame”, 23 Jan 2019

E. Potential Project Partners:

1) Lead entity applying for grant: Think Renewables Group (TRG), Toronto, Canada
– Overall project design and management
– Renewable energy equipment specifications
– Procurement and contracts management
– Communication systems which are integrated with free offline educational eLibraries

2) Potential implementing partners in Ghana and their possible roles in project:

a) International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
– Advisor for overall project design
– Advisor for food crop growing and utilization
– Advisor for women’s empowerment in agriculture

b) International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
– irrigation potential assessments of potential project locations
– design intervention approaches to ensure benefits for women
– develop monitoring and evaluation framework for project

c) International Water Management Institute
– Estimating environmental impact and availability of water resources
– Water use monitoring and management

d) University for Development Studies (UDS) in Ghana
– Project impact monitoring and evaluation

e) Songtaba – Serving basic rights for women and girls: a women’s organization based in Tamale, Ghana
– planned activities in first set of three communities:

– Community-based assessments to empower beneficiary groups, especially women and girls.
– Climate change adaptation training for women.
– Stakeholder meeting with relevant actors to assess community agricultural and educational needs of especially women and girls. 
– Integrated training on agronomic, climate, markets and nutrition throughout the cropping season for men and women farmers.
– Women and youth leadership courses.
– Provide participatory evaluation data on the effect or impact of solar irrigation system and education on the farm and household gender dynamics after the trainings and practices.

f) Grassroots Sisterhood Foundation: a women’s organization based in Tamale, Ghana.
– planned activities in second set of three communities:

– Community-based assessments to empower beneficiary groups, especially women and girls. 
– Climate change adaptation training for women.
– Stakeholder meeting with relevant actors to assess community agricultural and educational needs of especially women and girls.
– Integrated training on agronomic, climate, markets and nutrition throughout the cropping season for men and women farmers.
– Women and youth leadership courses.
– Provide participatory evaluation data on the effect or impact of solar irrigation system and education on the farm and household gender dynamics after the trainings and practices.

g) New Energy, Tamale, Ghana
– Procurement, installation and commissioning of irrigation systems.
– Training on how to use irrigation systems.

h) University of Ghana Business School (USBS);
– Entrepreneurship development training
– Business and project finance training and facilitation 

i) University of Ghana’s Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies
– Climate change awareness and adaptation training

j) Pan African Centre for Climate (PACC) Policy
– Training on how to effectively use free educational resources
– Financial literacy training

3) Possible Ghana Government Partners:

a) Energy Commission (EC);

b) Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI);

c) Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA);

d) Ghana Irrigation Development Authority (GIDA); and the

e) Ghana Ministry of Education.