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Dear All,

I wish to take this opportunity to wish you a happy and prosperous new year. It is our expectation at Development Gateway that the year 2021 will be a fruitful year for you and your businesses. We wish to state that this year will see the completion of the dashboard for use by stakeholders for informed decision making.  
This is a quick monthly update on progress we are making towards the development of the Ghana Fertilizer dashboard since the last update in November 2020:

Cleaning and Upload of Ghana Fertilizer Datasets

The focus for the month had been the upload of cleaned data for three indicators into the backend of the system as follows; 
  • Retail price; uploaded cleaned retail price data (Commercial and Subsidized) for August 2010 to July 2020 
  • Fertilizer Import; the team also completed the cleaning of the outstanding data for 2019 and followed up with the upload of all the import data for the period of 2010 to 2019 
  • Apparent Consumption; completed the upload of apparent consumption data from 2010 to 2019 
  • Subsequently, data of all five indicators (fertilizer imports, apparent consumption, national average fertilizer consumption, international fertilizer prices, retail prices, and a directory of fertilizer blending plants) for the Ghana dashboard development have been uploaded for DG’s Technical team to begin development of the Ghana dashboard.
Prototype Development

The focus has been on further review of data for two indicators as follows; 
  • The DG team finalized work on the Ghana technical requirements (guidance document for the Ghana Dashboard Development) and submitted to the technical team who have begun the development of the dashboard. Charts and maps will be developed based on the following five indicators; fertilizer imports, apparent consumption, national average fertilizer consumption, international fertilizer prices, retail prices, and a directory of fertilizer blending plants. 
  • The VIFAA technical team developed test cases on the various maps and charts to guide the development of the dashboard
  • As at December 2020, the technical team had started work on some sections of the dashboard. These included the General Layout, the About Us, Datasets sources and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pages and some charts on Fertilizer Use, and Fertilizer Imports. In our January 2021 update we hope to show screenshots of the some completed charts and pages
  • It is the expectation of DG that the development of the prototype dashboard will be completed in February 2021. We then look forward to engaging with you and other stakeholders to access and use the prototype, and provide feedback on any improvements that you think will be required. Please stay tuned for more information next month on DG’s plans for the “soft” launch and testing of the dashboard. 
DG is open for questions and comments. 

Kind regards,

Raymond
Wekem Raymond Avatim
Senior Associate, Agriculture Ghana
ravatim@developmentgateway.org
Office: + 233 54 011 3255
Skype: Raymagma1
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