At a glance – agriculture in Ghana
Ghana is one of Africa’s largest cassava producers, generating around 16 million tonnes a year. The crop’s full potential in terms of production and processing, however, has yet to be realised.
Cassava is traditionally a subsistence crop, but it can also be turned into high-quality cassava flour, food-grade starch, and food-grade ethanol.
These industrial outputs can open up the income-generating potential of cassava for producers, processors and buyers; but making this happen requires a well-organised value chain.
With support from Grow Africa, the Ghana Industrial Cassava Stakeholders’ Platform (GICSP) was established in May 2015 to unlock the market potential of the cassava value chain.
The Government of Ghana has increased its investment in agriculture to nearly 10% of its national budget since signing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme in 2009.
Key development partners – the US, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, the UK and EU – committed to providing funding of approximately $600 million into Ghana’s agriculture sector between 2012 and 2015, while international and local businesses committed to investments of approximately $132 million.
Grow Africa’s work in Ghana
Ghana was one of the first African countries to join the Grow Africa partnership in 2012.
Ghana is making great strides in public-private agricultural partnerships. One example is the Ghana Commercial Agriculture Programme. This strategic investment blueprint is a model for collaboration between government, donors and the private sector.
The Ghana Industrial Cassava Stakeholders Platform (GICSP) is a good example of co-operation-led development. It brings together representatives from producer groups, processors, buyers, financiers and the public sector to work together to build links between actors along the value chain.
Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited and Olam are private sector companies involved with this platform, with the public sector represented by Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA). The platform includes five working groups: Production, Processing and Technology, Policy, Research, Marketing, and Finance.
Grow Africa in Ghana has partnered with a total of 20 companies (12 international and eight domestic), three farmer organizations (the Farmers’ Organisation of Ghana and two cassava-focused farmer organisations), along with other key stakeholders, including the Government of Ghana, to implement activities.
The 20 companies have signed letters of intent (LOIs) totalling $132.2 million of commitment. In 2014, eight companies reported they had invested a total of $14.9 million. This brings the cumulative total investment in the country to $48.4 million.
To date 738,409 smallholders have been reached – 70% of them female. This was through production contracts, financial and data services, input and mechanisation products and servicing and training. In addition, 2,416 jobs have been created – 69% of these going to women.
Further, $44,125,208 worth of commodities have been produced or procured – 94% of these involving smallholder farmers.
In addition to the overall performance detailed above, LOI companies in Ghana contribute to Grow Africa’s goal of promoting inclusive business by integrating smallholder farmers into their commercial value chain.
In 2015, Grow Africa launched the Ghana Cassava Working Group along with IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, and gathered broad private sector support.
Future planned activities for Grow Africa in Ghana include the establishment of a Ghana Finance Working Group to address the challenges faced by lack of access to finance for the agriculture sector.
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