The Ghana Rice Inter-Professional Body (GRIB) is a national umbrella organization of rice stakeholders that was duly incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in October 2014, in accordance with the Companies Code (1963) Act 179.
To build a competitive local rice sector
To be recognized stakeholder organization driving the growth of the local rice sector
In support of these high-level goals, our mandate as per our Constitution covers key areas of policy advocacy, research and information dissemination, service delivery and monitoring and evaluation.
Policy engagement and advocacy
Providing a forum for policy development and implementation in the rice sector is one of our core responsibilities. We seek to engage duty bearers to evolve and implement policies that support the growth of the rice industry. We also act as an advocacy group on rice policy issues with Government of Ghana, Parliament and related agencies and monitor their effective implementation.
Research and information dissemination
We are responsible for production, collection, analyzing and disseminating on timely bases, all kind of information relating to the rice sector. This includes research in agronomic practices, research information, economic information, market information, etc. GRIB seeks to achieve this by partnering with academia, research institutions and development partners to promote the development of the sector.
In delivering service we seek to:
Promote, regulate and monitor market agreements, price negotiations and fair profit sharing mechanisms between rice value chain stakeholders (farmers and processor groups, brokers, industries and distribution networks);
Facilitate access to equipment, tools and credit to rice value chain stakeholders;
Build the capacity of rice stakeholders in best agronomic, harvesting milling practices and quality standards.
Monitoring and evaluation of rice policies and programmes
In ensuring a sound policy environment for the rice sector, one of GRIBs’ core mandates is to monitor the implementation of government policies and programmes and make inputs accordingly to ensure a sustained growth. To achieve this, GRIB will embark on regular research to identified policy constraints and using advocacy and dialogue, draw government to these challenges.
Explanation 0f GRIB’s Structure
The General Assembly (GA)
This is the highest decision-making body of GRIB, made up of representatives of all individual groups and members of the body. The individual groups have been divided into 12 zones country-wide. GA meetings are held annually towards the end of the calendar year over at least two days to review operations and to design work plans for the coming year.
This is the second level of authority in the GRIB structure that is responsible for making decisions and approving operational plans. The EC meets quarterly to approve work plans and yearly budgets. It discusses program outlines and GA deliberations. It also exercises supervisory role over the 12 zones made up of 5 districts each.
Executive Directors (ED)
The EDs position comprises of the elected executives including a president, vice-president, and secretary/treasurer, northern and southern coordinators. They are responsible for supervising the day-to-day operation of the body by working closely with the secretariat. They authorize disbursement of funds in line with budget guidelines and approve compliance with the work plan
This is the operational entity that translate all “thought” intention into action. It is headed by the Executive Secretary who manages and implements the day-to-day activities of the body. The Executive Secretary is supported by an office/accounts manager and technical assistant.
Achievement of GRIB
Capacity building of members on production, processing, marketing and group formation.
Dissemination of Jasmine 85 seeds and other high yielding rice seeds in Ghana
Supported two (2) communities with rice mills (Sefwi Asafo and Okyereko) together with Technoserve which is still in use now
Facilitated the acquisition of equipment for members in the Volta Region(Rice combine harvester and implements, upgrade of members rice mill)
Collaborating with BDS Fund from SNV to develop the capacities of members to able to seek finance
Collaborated with the skills Development Fund (SDF) and USAID-ADVANCE I to disseminate the System of Rice Intensification in production to members
Develop the proposal together with DCS For the Rice Sector support Project which was awarded and executed by MOFA & GRIB
Various studies and reports on the rice sector undertaken
Collaboration with MOFA on various activities (Rice Sector Support Project RSSP activities, Farmers Day Celebrations)
Organized the first rice festival in Ghana in 2012
Currently working with GIZ, John Kufuor Foundation (JAKF), Technoserve and UAAID-APSP projects on policy and advocacy in the rice industry
To build a competitive local rice sector.
To be the recognized stakeholder organization driving the growth of the local rice sector.