Farmers’ Economic Advancement Through Seedlings (FEATS) Project

Project Overview:

Ghana’s tree crops subsector accounts for a substantial 16% of GDP (US$4 billion) and sustains over 1.6 million families. Cocoa alone contributes 11.5% to GDP and nearly one-third of the country’s foreign exchange earnings. (All 2013 data – latest available)

In recent years, tree crops production has declined, significantly due to decreasing yields of farmers’ aging trees. Inadequate supply of good quality planting materials is a major impediment. Access to quality seedlings – in terms of improved survival and growth rates and productivity – can double farmers’ current yields and result in substantial income gains for Ghana’s tree crop farmers and economy.

To help address this issue, MEDA is implementing the FEATS Project ($22 million over 6 years), which aims to contribute to improving the yields, incomes and well-being of Ghanaian tree crop farmers by:

¬ Supplying approximately 20 million quality seedlings for Cocoa, Cashew, Rubber and Shea to 100,000 male and female smallholder farmers including youth

¬ Creating a sustainable seedling distribution network comprising 50 community distribution nurseries (CDNs) that are owned and operated by local small entrepreneurs, and generate local employment

¬ Helping smallholder farmers gain access to finance and offering price incentives

¬ Providing them training and capacity building in good agronomic practices to cultivate the seedlings profitably in an environmentally sustainable manner

¬ Fostering an enabling environment through favourable policy and strategy reform

MEDA has partnered with Tree Global, an international tree nursery company, to establish modern, large-scale production nurseries in Ghana to supply quality seedlings. The project appreciates the support of the Ghana Cocoa Board and is working in cooperation with them to help augment the supply of quality cocoa seedlings to farmers.

Key Project Activity: Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and MEDA are providing blended finance investments to a private sector company – Tree Global – in the form of structured, concessional loans. With this support, Tree Global has been able to establish commercial-scale production and distribution nurseries in Ghana, improving the supply of much-needed high quality tree seedlings to farmers~ AgricinGhana Media Brief ( to be validated by Editors)

Project Funded by: Global Affairs Canada ( $10.75 million), Tree Global, MEDA

Budget: $22.26 million

Duration: 2015 to 2021 (6 years)

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