Ghana

Feed the Future Country Fact Sheet

Country Profile
Ghana
In Ghana, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Ghana and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
5.2
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions in Ghana
Poverty
22.2
Percent
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions
Stunting
36.1
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions
Rural
47
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Ghana (World Bank, 2013)
GDP
7.6
Percent
Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 21.9% of added value (World Bank, 2013)
Farmers
23.6
Thousand
Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY14
Sales
$13
Million
New income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY14 from agricultural product sales
Nutrition
4.6
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY14 across Ghana
Land
18.7
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY14
Investment
$4.1
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY14
Agricultural growth has been the major driver of poverty reduction in Ghana

Steady growth and record poverty reduction over the past 20 years have made Ghana an African success story. Gross domestic product has grown between 4 and 8 percent annually over the past decade and is expected to continue to grow in coming years.

Agricultural growth has been the major driver of poverty reduction, mainly in the southern part of Ghana, with some progress being made in the north, where poverty is more deeply entrenched. The sector is the largest source of employment for Ghanaians and is dominated by smallholder farmers producing food and cash crops.

Ghana has achieved an overall reduction in the poverty rate from 52 percent to 28 percent over the past 10 years

Results by the numbers

  • More than 23,500 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time on their farms last year with Feed the Future’s help.
  • Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on 18,683 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help.
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers, and producers increased the value of their agricultural product sales last year by $12.8 million.
  • Feed the Future leveraged more than $4.1 million

The Government of Ghana has increased its investment in agriculture to nearly 10 percent of its national budget since signing its Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program Compact in 2009. Building on this, the Medium Term Agriculture Sector Investment Plan brings together donor, public and private sector resources to modernize the agriculture sector, increase food security and reduce poverty.

Ghana is one of the first African countries of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, which is a commitment by donors, African countries and private sector partners to work together on reducing poverty through inclusive agricultural

Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Ghana.

  • Africa Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF)
  • Africa Lead
  • Africa RISING
  • African Women in Agricultural Research for Development (AWARD)
  • Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement Program (ADVANCE)
  • Agriculture Policy Support Project
  • Agricultural Technology Transfer (ATT)
  • Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development Program (BHEARD)
  • Business Sector Advocacy Challenge Fund (BUSAC)
  • Coastal Sustainable Landscapes Project (CSLP)
  • Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA)
  • Empowering

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Target Regions

Map of target regions for Feed the Future investment in Ghana

Funding

Funding Graph for Ghana