The steering committee over sees all the activities of the various sub committees;
Research and Product Development committee
Priority research activities of Ghana Soil Health Consortium is include in the establishment of a comprehensive database of research institutes and research programmes/projects related to Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM)and a database of experts on ISFM. The consortium so far has published an inventory of research products and services. These activities are gradually facilitating gap analysis followed by collaborative efforts to bridge the identified gaps. This aspect of the consortium strengthens the capacity of Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) experts in writing competitive award winning proposals and facilitates the development of proposals for collaborative research activities to be submitted to funding agencies. The consortium also enables the sharing of research results among the key stakeholders and mobilizes resources to undertake all activities under the research and research products sub-committee.
Extension, training and market access sub – committee
The section of the project will studies the existing policies on ISFM research and dissemination and facilitate joint training courses on ISFM for key relevant stakeholders on identified needs.Some activities under this sub-committee carrier the aim of strengthen the capacity of extension services and other stakeholders to identify production constraints and technological options in integrated soil fertility management practices/recommendations as appropriate for adoption by smallholder farmers. They also facilitate the linkage of farmers to credit facilities and markets, in addition to promoting the development of efficient market chains (for technology, inputs and farm produce), especially through outreach and greater efficiency among private operators.
Policy, advocacy and communication sub – committee
This committee is another prominent aspect of the project it develops a knowledge sharing and communication strategy among the ISFM practitioners. They are in charge of building capacity through training programmes, technical and scientific workshops, conferences and a national information and communication system as well as the designing or redesigning of a management information system (MIS) database including establishment of an interactive website for the consortium the aim of this task is to strengthen the capacity of research institutions using this data base. At the moment they are working toward a regular electronic newsletter for sharing of ISFM issues and innovations. In order for the public investment in agricultural research to grow, policy makers need to be better informed of the many success stories in ISFM research. This sub-committee has undertaken the responsibility of spearhead lobbying and advocacy at the zonal and national levels to ensure increased and sustainable investment in ISFM research, currently they are working towards better communication strategies that will go a long way in reducing the noticeable gaps in stakeholder strategic planning and coordination.
Monitoring, evaluation and resource sub – committee
The consortium has design a monitoring and evaluation schedule to keep track of the implementation of the different soil health activities and provide feedback to the members. This tracking has enable members and the consortium as a whole to make necessary modifications on the work plan and also it has enable the project to improve the delivery of its services and also attained a desired amount of outcome so far. The Consortium Coordinator and Head of Crops Services Directorate of Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) are have been tasked to mobilize the resources from the different sources to enhance and support this committee.