Agriculture and Food Security
Agricultural growth has been the major driver of poverty reduction, especially in Southern Ghana. 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.
Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance
Ghana is a stable, democratic country with a free press, independent judiciary, apolitical military, and active civil society. USAID supports Ghana’s efforts to consolidate democracy by strengthening civic participation in democratic processes and ensuring that local and national governments are responsive to the needs and interests of their citizens.
Over the past few years, Ghana has pursued a robust macroeconomic reform agenda, which has resulted in a significant decline in poverty and steady growth in gross domestic product. USAID economic growth programs in Ghana enhance the competitiveness agricultural firms in domestic, regional, and international markets. In addition, USAID is working with the Government of Ghana to strengthen management of the oil and gas sector.
USAID’s activities in Ghana increase access to and completion of basic education, improve the quality of education, and enhance community involvement in the education system.
In alignment with the U.S. Global Health Initiative, USAID’s integrated health program focuses on three regions of Ghana—Greater Accra, Central Region, and Western Region—which are home to more than a third of the national population. In these regions, USAID supports a combination of activities to improve the health behaviors of families and communities, the quality of health services, and the overall health systems.
Working in Crises and Conflict
USAID’s Sustainable Peace Initiative contributed to peaceful 2008 elections in constituencies of Northern Ghana. Jointly funded by USAID and the British Department for International Development, the project provided training and conflict reconciliation activities to more than 6,000 Ghanaians in the northern regions, nearly a third of whom were women.
USAID is working to increase the availability and quality of water, improve sanitation, and increase community capacity in using and maintaining water and sanitation facilities.
Last updated: April 17, 2014