Category: Policies

Industry-Relevant Technical and Vocational Education for Ghanaian Youth to Improve Agricultural Productivity

The promotion of education, training and decent work to address the increasing unemployment among Ghanaian youth is very much on the radar of development agencies, the Government of Ghana and educational institutions. Relevant training and employment needs and opportunities, which can improve on, and off-farm income generation for young women and men is essential to addressing the knowledge and skills… Read more →

Youth Exploring Warehouse Receipt Financing and Market Potentials in Ghana

Financing solutions tailored to specific parts of the value chain are vital to improve farmers’ access to finance. Warehouse receipt financing provides one such tool. It enables the post-harvest part of the chain to work more efficiently, while farmers who can access warehouse receipt finance have more flexibility in the timing of their sales. Farmers in Ghana face significant obstacles… Read more →

Technical Constraints in the National Youth Policy for Inclusive Participation of Youth in Agriculture

Government of Ghana in pursuance of its investment in the youth launched the National Youth Policy in August 2010 on the theme, “Towards an Empowered Youth, Impacting positively on national development.’’ A lot of significant milestones including the ratification of the African Youth Charter as well as the acceptance of the incorporation of a ‘’youth clause’’ into the national constitution… Read more →

Promising Strategies to Address the Localised Needs of Rural Young Female Farmers

Reducing the challenges for youth especially young women farmers will require a need for further investment in the agriculture sector to allow them to take advantage of the new and emerging market structures and to have access to the latest in agricultural technology and livestock production systems. Women are the most important actors in the agricultural value chain which begins… Read more →

Market-oriented Agricultural Value Chains: Constraints and Opportunities

Agricultural value chain refers to all the steps that a product takes, from its point of origin  to the consumer. Improving conditions along the whole chain stimulates the youth to become entrepreneurial and develop consistent income streams. Agricultural value chain development is about linking farmers to people who can process, package, market and eventually buy the food they produce. Establishing… Read more →

Climate Smart Agriculture: Constraints and Opportunities

Climate change poses drastic risks to every facet of our lives, from diminishing water availability, higher temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, and more frequent extreme weather events. Populations in the developing world, which are already vulnerable and food insecure, are likely to be the most seriously affected by the impacts of climate change. Nearly half of… Read more →

Project Advocates Fund to Support Youth in Agriculture

Ghana needs a Youth in Agriculture fund to serve as an incentive to clear the bottlenecks by access to finance of the youth who wish to go into agriculture. The fund can be supported through additional taxes on all food imports that can be produced in Ghana. This and other recommendations, including developing a land policy/land bank system so that Ghanaian… Read more →

Press Release: Improving Approaches to Mainstreaming Gender in Ghana’s Youth Policy and Youth in Agriculture Programme

Press Release August 16, 2016 Improving Approaches to Mainstreaming Gender in Ghana’s Youth Policy and Youth in Agriculture Programme Accra, Ghana—Syecomp Ghana Limited, a private agricultural research company and Federation of Young Farmers’ Ghana launched a position paper on mainstreaming youth in agriculture on Tuesday, August 16 at the Kempinski Hotel. At the launch, Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture,… Read more →