Cocoa and cashew farmers get US$22m funding from Olam

Some farmers in Ghana have benefited from a $22 million interest-free short-term financing under the Olam Livelihood Charter (OLC) of global agri-business giant, Olam International. The OLC is Olam International’s flagship smallholder sustainability initiative, which caters for a total of 31,722 Ghanaian farmers in the cashew and cocoa sectors, cultivating a total of 73,968 hectors of land. Some 57% of… Read more →


Expression of Interest: Design and Set-up of the Ghana Incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending

The Republic of Ghana (Bank of Ghana) Expression of Interest (EOI) Request for Pre-qualification BACKGROUND The Bank of Ghana (BOG), the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) with support of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) are collaborating in the design and set-up of the Ghana Incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (GIRSAL) as a vehicle… Read more →

GCAA to Regulate Use of Drones from September

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has come up with standards and practices to regulate the operations of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), popularly referred to as drones, with effect from September this year. This means owners and users of drones, as well as those who wish to acquire them, need to officially apply to the GCAA to secure approval before… Read more →

Ghana take giant steps to boost cocoa production

Ghana’s effort at increasing its cocoa production has taken a giant step forward with the establishment of 20 Rural Service Centres (RSCs) to aid farmers adopt best farm management practices to raise the per hectare yield. The Centres spread across 14 districts in the cocoa belt – Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo, Western and Central Regions, are an integral part of the Cocoa… Read more →

JICA to scale up rice projects in Ashanti, Northern Regions in Ghana

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will be implementing the second phase of one of its flagship Projects in the Agriculture Sector in the Ashanti and Northern Regions. The project is dubbed ‘Project for Sustainable Development of Rainfed Lowland Rice Production’. This was made known at two separate workshops organized in Kumasi and Tamale to inform beneficiaries about the contents of… Read more →


New Agricultural Financing Mechanism: Government of Ghana, AGRA focus

In an effort to find a lasting solution to the perennial agricultural funding challenge that has stalled development of the sector, the Alliance for a Green Revolution Africa (AGRA) NGO in collaboration with the Ghana government is developing an all-inclusive agricultural financing mechanism to that effect. Ghana’s agricultural sector is seriously under-resourced, particularly smallholder farmers who are being starved of… Read more →