Ghana

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
19.6
Percent
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions in 2015
Stunting
29.9
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions in 2015
Rural
47
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Ghana (World Bank, 2013)
GDP
3.9
Percent
Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 21% of added value (World Bank, 2015)
Farmers
82
Thousand
Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY15
Sales
$11
Million
New income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY15 from agricultural product sales
Nutrition
1.2
Million
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY15 across Ghana
Land
60.3
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY15
Investment
$11
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY15
Agricultural growth has been the major driver of poverty reduction in Ghana

Agricultural growth is a major driver of poverty reduction in Ghana, especially in the southern part of the country. Agriculture is the largest source of employment for Ghanaians, with some progress being made in the north of Ghana, where poverty is deeply entrenched and farming is dominated by smallholder farmers producing food and cash crops.

Ghana has been in fiscal crisis with inflation averaging above 17 percent since 1998 - resulting in high bank lending rates above 35 percent and a declining gross domestic product. These challenging economic conditions, coupled with power outages across the country, have stifled growth and investment. In 2015, Ghana lost

Results by the Numbers

  • Nearly 82,000 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 more than 60,000 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help.

  • Feed the Future-

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

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

  • Africa Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF)

  • Africa Lead

  • Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING)

  • African Women in Agricultural Research for Development (AWARD)

  • Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement Program (ADVANCE)

  • Agriculture Policy Support Project (APSP)

  • Agricultural Technology Transfer (ATT

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