The German Government, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), supports Government of Ghana in contributing to food security in the agricultural sector by increasing yields, improving the quality of products and helping farmers to generate additional income, mostly around the critical periods of the year.
According to a release sent to Newsghana.com.gh, about 30,000 jobs in the agricultural sector and at processing companies have been secured since 2004 through MOAP. Whereas more than 5,000 farmers have also received training in good agricultural practices as well as over 2,000 farmers, certified in line with international sustainability standards.
The release also indicated that, together with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and the private sector through the Market-Oriented Agricultural Programme (MOAP), they have supported small holder farmers to achieve GLOBALG.A.P and organic certification to increase their incomes.
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December 1st, 2017
Farmer’s Day – GIZ supports Government of Ghana in the Agriculture sector.
Every year on the 1st of December, National Farmer’s Day is commemorated to honour Ghanaian Farmers and Fishers who work tirelessly to feed the growing population, provide raw materials to the nation’s industries, and contribute substantially to the nation’s foreign exchange earnings.
On behalf of the German Government, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the Ghanaian Government’s contribution to food security in the agricultural sector by increasing yields, improving the quality of products and helping farmers generate additional income, especially during critical periods of the year.
In cooperation with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and the private sector, through the Market-Oriented Agricultural Programme (MOAP) we support small holder farmers to achieve GLOBALG.A.P and organic certification to increase their incomes. Around 30,000 jobs in the agricultural sector and at processing companies have been secured since 2004 through MOAP. Additionally, more than 5,000 farmers have received training in good agricultural practices and over 2,000 farmers have been certified in line with international sustainability standards. Pineapple cooperatives in the Central Region, for example, have benefited from up to 50% higher prices for producers.
We also support Ghanaian producers in developing quality standards and innovative products, introducing new processing technologies, and improving their packaging and hygiene standards. Additionally, the establishment of the Competitive Cashew Initiative which is commissioned by the German government, co-financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is implemented by GIZ has led to the creation of around 44,000 new jobs in cashew production, processing and marketing in Ghana. The household income earned by cashew farmers is now estimated to be over USD 1,500 per year.
We work closely with the Ghana Cocoa Board and other partners to support the cocoa sector through the Sustainable Smallholder Agri-Business and Cocoa Food-Link Programme (SSAB-CFLP). In 2015/2016, yields in the value chains supported by the project rose by 40% for cashews, an average of 74% for rice and at least 33% for cocoa.
Currently, GIZ promotes sustainable development in Ghana via 56 programmes and projects. Our activities cover currently three priority areas: Agriculture, Governance and Sustainable Economic Development. Additionally, our portfolio extends to other areas such as peace and security, renewable energy and climate and environment. Another focus of GIZ’s work is linking business interests with development-policy goals. Most of the programmes and projects we support in Ghana have successfully brought together national and international private companies, the public sector, and civil society groups to collaborate on development initiatives.
As a provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development and international education work, GIZ is dedicated to building a future worth living around the world. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security.
The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe, with the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector and governments of other countries all benefiting from our services. We work with businesses, civil society actors and research institutions, fostering successful interaction between development policy and other policy fields and areas of activity. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is our main commissioning party.
For further information please contact Ms Araba Mansa Pratt, Corporate Communication Officer, GIZ Ghana [email protected]