Ghana seeks weather forecast aid for agriculture, aviation, hydro

The Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet) seeks proposals from consultants to assess weather forecasting needs to serve Ghana’s agriculture, aviation, hydropower, and water resources sectors. Proposals are due July 17, 2009.

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA) awarded a US$235,000 grant to GMet in late April. (HydroWorld 5/13/09) The grant is to be used to assess Ghana’s forecasting needs and to identify necessary equipment, facilities, and staff. The goal is to make accurate and timely weather information available to aviation, agriculture, energy, and water resource users.

“Agricultural production employs 56 percent of Ghana’s workforce, and hydropower production accounts for 99 percent of the electricity consumed by the country,” TDA said. “Desertification has endangered some of Ghana’s farmland, and recent dry spells have brought inadequate rainfall to keep hydropower production at requisite levels.”

The World Bank recruited consultants in June to prepare an integrated water resources and flood management plan for northern Ghana. (HydroWorld 5/31/09)

In the current solicitation, GMet is to select a U.S. contractor to perform the work. However, the contractor may use Ghana subcontractors for up to 20 percent of the TDA grant amount.

A copy of the request for proposals with terms of reference and a background definitional mission report may be obtained from U.S. Trade and Development Agency, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901 USA. The RFP may be requested in pdf form on the Internet at

Requests for a copy by mail may be sent by fax to the TDA Information Resource Center at (1) 703-875-4009. TDA warned that some firms have found that return mail delivery has not been fast enough for an adequate response and that a delivery service or courier might be appropriate.

Proposals in English are due by 4 p.m. July 17 to Director General, Ghana Meteorological Agency, P.O. Box L87, Legon, Accra, Ghana; (233) 243-658291; Fax: (233) 217-012519.

For information, see the TDA announcement on the Internet at The TDA point of contact is John Kusnierek, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901 USA; (1) 703-875-4357; Fax: (1) 703-875-4009; E-mail:

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