Category: Policies

Adjust Cocoa Price Downwards – IMF Advises Government

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised the government to adjust the producer price of cocoa to reflect changes in international cocoa prices. According to the IMF, the downward adjustment had become necessary because the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) was grappling with a funding gap of GH¢1 billion due to the government’s inability to reduce producer prices paid to cocoa… Read more →

Ghana’s Seed Sector: A Brief

The major sources of seed in Ghana are from imports and domestic production. The actors are importers, producers, and distributors. Importers bring in exotic vegetable seeds mostly from Europe and America ( plus Asia) which  are sold through wholesalers and agro-input dealers. Seeds of various crops (legumes, cereals, root and tuber, and fibre crops) are produced and distributed locally as… Read more →

Inclusive Value Chain: what is it?

A value chain is a set of linked activities that work to add value to a product. It consists of actors and actions that improve a product while linking commodity producers to processors and markets. Value chains work best when their actors cooperate to produce higher-quality products and generate more income for all participants along the chain, as opposed to… Read more →

Access to Credit: Close the Gap for Ghanaian Farmers

Farmers have difficulty accessing credit in Ghana, and most do not even have the cash to pay for new seedlings, purchase critical farm inputs or even pay for farm labour services. The need for innovations, impact solutions, and focused policies to address these critical gap is long overdue. Scanning the recently released Africa Agriculture Transformation Dashboard 2018 released at the… Read more →

Public Information: Ghana Census of Agriculture

The Government of Ghana through the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) is conducting Ghana Census of Agriculture in all Communities in Ghana. 1/ All MPs/MMDCEs/Hon. Assembly Members/Ghanaians are to inform members in their various jurisdictions through the Community Information Centres on the program; 2/ The program captures information on all households and structures… Read more →

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA): Spurring Rigorous Agricultural Research Projects in Africa

It is interesting the sort of unique insights generated from rigorous impact studies of agricultural development interventions especially in Africa. Recurrently, development interventions from Governments, Development Agencies and Private Sector actors focusing on deploying and scaling technology innovations and policies in agriculture tend to do so with unapprised data and in-depth assessment of expected (real) impact on project constituents. We… Read more →

Press Release: European Commission acts to ban unfair trade practices in the food supply chain

Brussels, 12 April 2018 The Commission is targeting the most damaging unfair trade practices to grant farmers and small and medium sized businesses greater certainty and less need to manage risks over which they have little or no control. The Commission proposes today to ban the more damaging unfair trading practices in the food supply chain to ensure fairer treat­ment… Read more →

Ghana Launches a 10-Year Cashew Development Plan

The vision of the Cashew Development Plan (2017-2027) is to aggressively expand, modernise and transform Ghana’s cashew sector into a significant foreign exchange earner, creating jobs and substantial wealth for Ghanaians while enhancing the environment to reduce global warming. The primary objectives include expanding production of raw cashew nuts from 70,000mt to 300,000mt by 2027, and as well increasing processing… Read more →

Private sector urged to take advantage of Government’s flagship agriculture initiatives

The private sector and other agribusiness stakeholders have been urged to take full advantage of the many opportunities that the government’s Agriculture initiatives have to offer. The two initiatives, “Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ)and One District, One Factory (1D1F)” since their launch in April and August respectively have been touted as the catalyst to propel the nation’s economic transformation… Read more →

New US $280 Million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa Launched

Four prominent organizations supporting African agriculture join forces in an innovative strategic partnership to increase incomes and improve the food security of 30 million smallholder farm households in at least 11 African countries by 2021. Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017 – The multi-million dollar Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) was launched today at the 2017 African… Read more →

Agricultural Policies in Ghana

Do you know for us at Agricinghana we believe in open data and open knowledge? Do you want to access and read available agricultural policies in Ghana (including Planting for Food and Jobs-PFJ)? We have been making them freely available at: http://agricinghana.com/policies/agricultural-policies/ We are constantly updating the resource list for you. If you do  have some knowledge materials and feel we should include it, contact… Read more →

USAID Enriches MoFA Staff Capacities in Agricultural Projects and Policy Research

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) organized a 3-week capacity building workshop for staff from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) in project planning, policy cycle and policy planning, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and policy analysis. The workshop was held at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER)-University of Ghana from April 18-May 24 2017.… Read more →