Ghana’s Transport Sector Improvement Project (TSIP) that seeks to improve connectivity in the Northern region, identified as poorer than the rest of the country, has received a $150 million boost from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) credit.
The project will involve the rehabilitation of road links from Tamale to Yendi and Tatale on the Eastern border with Togo and about 200km of feeder roads to give agricultural value chains access to markets, supporting agribusiness in the region.
The area whose income is mostly from irrigation agriculture and dry land farming experiences low growth and poor access to services owing to the bad state of its road infrastructure.
The World Bank support is a response to the Government’s priorities of inclusive economic growth, job creation, increased efficiency in public services delivery and better accountability to citizens under its Shared Growth and Development Agenda II which is aligned to the Bank’s goals of eradicating extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity.
The project will benefit farmers needing improved access to bring farm inputs and extension services to their farms and to transport produce from the farms to their value chain buyers.
Local communities will get improved access to schools, clinics and markets with smaller towns, villages and rural settlements within the targeted rural areas benefitting from socioeconomic improvements.
The project will reduce travel time, promote road safety and strengthen institutional management of the transport sector in Northern Ghana by building capacity and modernizing the transport sector institutions.