Agricultural growth has been the major driver of poverty reduction, especially in southern Ghana. The sector is the largest source of employment for Ghanaians and is dominated by small farmers.
Ghana is a focus country for Feed the Future, and the initiative is contributing to the government’s commitment to food security and building on a common purpose shared among civil society, the private sector and development partners. Public-private partnerships are an important opportunity to strengthen food security and accelerate economic growth in Ghana and the West African region as a whole.
Feed the Future in Ghana focuses on major rice, maize and soya value chains with particular emphasis on the north, where nutritional indicators, especially among children, are the worst. The approach integrates nutrition and gender issues throughout and emphasizes improving the resilience of vulnerable households in targeted communities. The program also seeks to improve the sustainable management of marine fisheries to enhance the food security and livelihoods of coastal fishing communities.
In alignment with the Feed the Future strategy in Ghana, USAID is taking an integrated approach to sustainable natural resource management. USAID’s work ensures that the environment and natural resources are managed in ways that sustain agricultural productivity. Also, USAID is working with local communities and district governments to protect forest and marine ecosystems and fisheries in the Western Region. These activities are aligned with the Government of Ghana’s objectives of poverty reduction, food security, sustainable management and conservation.
Last updated: April 17, 2014