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Prince Kofi Boateng, an Africa Lead Agribusiness Leadership Internship Program (A-LEAP) intern pruning a tomato plant at a greenhouse he manages for a host institution.
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Feed the Future works in the Northern, North East, Upper West and Upper East regions, including coastal areas benefiting from marine fisheries.

Feed The Future Impact

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Value Chains

  • Cowpea
  • Maize
  • Soybean
  • High-value fruits and vegetables
  • Fisheries
  • Peanut
  • Shea
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  • 5.6 MILLION

    Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions (2015 Population-Based Survey)

  • 6.5 PERCENT

    Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 20 percent of added value (World Bank, 2018)

  • 43 PERCENT

    Percentage of population living in rural Ghana (World Bank, 2019)

  • 29.9 PERCENT

    Percentage of stunted children under the age of 5 in Feed the Future target regions (Feed the Future ZOI Survey, 2015) 

  • 19.6 PERCENT

    Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions in 2015 (Feed the Future ZOI Survey, 2015)

Our Strategy

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Improve the marketability of targeted value chains

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Drive private sector investment in agriculture

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Improve management of marine fisheries

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Strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations

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Improve country leadership and commitment

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Boost nutrition, particularly among women and children

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Increase incomes of smallholder farmers

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Empower women and youth

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Increase regional and international agricultural trade

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Increase Ghana’s ability to develop and implement solutions

Our Progress

  • 122,000

    Producers using new technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY19

  • $105.5M

    Annual agricultural sales generated by Ghanaian farms and firms reached by Feed the Future in FY19

  • 1.1M

    Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY19

Our Work

Feed the Future boosts economic development in Ghana to effectively combat food insecuritypoverty and malnutrition by unlocking loans for businesses and smallholder farmers. To diversify the country’s export base and increase employment, Feed the Future also supports agricultural trade and investment activities countrywide. 

Accelerating Investment in Agriculture

Ghana’s efforts to prioritize agriculture-led economic growth are critical to creating employment and combating hunger and poverty. In 2019, Feed the Future worked with the country and its people to:

  • Improve market-based agricultural development
  • Increase private sector investment
  • Reduce trade barriers
  • Improve energy sector governance
  • Strengthen resilience in communities and households in impoverished areas.

Unlocking Loans

In 2019, Feed the Future helped unlock over $2 million in loans for micro, small and medium-sized businesses and smallholder farmers. With these loans, businesses and farmers were able to purchase agricultural inputs to boost production, such as certified seeds, fertilizer and tractor services.

Responding to COVID-19

Feed the Future and its partners are supporting Ghana in its COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts by:

  • Boosting business resilience. Feed the Future supported Blue Skies, one of the largest agricultural processors in Ghana, so that they could retain all full-time staff, purchase mangoes from Ghanaian farmers and weather 30 percent higher logistics costs, ultimately protecting it from bankruptcy.
  • Advancing agricultural development. Through the Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation, Feed the Future strengthened surveillance of food availability and food strategic stock, developed COVID-19 preventive messages and protocols for smallholder farmers, and promoted digital delivery of extension services.
  • Facilitating women's access to digital information and networking. Through grants provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Feed the Future distributed 400 phones to women in areas where they have limited access to mobile devices. These resources helped promote digital communication and access to mobile money. Feed the Future also distributed farm inputs to over 900 vulnerable smallholder farmers to bolster food security.
  • Creating handwashing facilities and informational materials. Through its Sustainable Fisheries Management Program, Feed the Future created handwashing facilities, distributed informational materials for COVID-19 prevention and trained health advocates to ensure that fisherfolk adhere to COVID-19 prevention protocols in 243 fisheries landing sites, processing centers and markets along the Atlantic coast.
Source

These results reflect information from the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. African Development Foundation, and Peace Corps reported into Feed the Future’s central monitoring system for fiscal year 2019 (FY19). The interim estimates of poverty and stunting are derived from the Ghana 2019 Zone of Influence Survey. For more information on the indicators above, please view the Feed the Future Indicator Handbook.(opens in new window) All dollar amounts are listed in U.S. dollars. 

Our Activities

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

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  • Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation
  • Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement Program
  • Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development Program
  • Business Sector Advocacy Challenge Fund
  • Development Finance Corporation Loan Portfolio Guarantee
  • Drought-Tolerant Maize for Africa
  • Empowering Agriculture Global Development Alliances (Integrated Water for Agriculture, Sahel Grains Limited)
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate-Resilient Cowpea
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Genomics to Improve Poultry
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut Research
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Policy Research, Influence and Capacity
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Soybean Value Chain Research
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss
  • Ghana Strategy Support Program
  • Ghana Supply Chain Development Program
  • Mobilizing Finance for Agriculture*
  • Peace Corps Ghana Partnering to Build Capacity for Resilient Communities
  • Program for Biosafety Systems
  • Resilience in Northern Ghana Project
  • Savannah Agricultural Research Institute
  • Sustainable Fisheries Management Project
  • Technical and Financial Support to the University of Cape Coast
  • Technical and Financial Support to the University of Ghana
  • The John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program
  • USDA Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support Services
  • West Africa Trade and Investment Hub*
  • *Started in FY20

Related Resources

September 17, 2018

Feed the Future Country Plan for Ghana

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March 30, 2017

Ghana Feed the Future Baseline Report

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November 30, 2011

Ghana Feed the Future FY2010 Implementation Plan

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