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Smallholder farmers in Ghana to benefit from IFDC MoU

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(From left to right) Mrs. Judith Fagbegnon-Kodjo Acting IFDC Ghana Country Director, Dr. Oumou Camara IFDC Vice President of Programs, Mr. Robert Patrick Ankobiah Chief Director of MoFA, Nana Serwaa Bonsu Amoako Chairperson of the Ghana National Fertilizer Council, and Dr. Solomon Gyan Ansah MoFA Director of Crops. Image credit: IFDC

A Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Government of Ghana and the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) will benefit thousands of smallholder farmers across Ghana.

The decade-long partnership between IFDC and the Government of Ghana, through its Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), has received a boost to promote agriculture in Ghana. Last month, the two parties strengthened their working relationship by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The IFDC is a USA based public international organisation working to alleviate global hunger by introducing improved agricultural practices and fertiliser technologies to farmers and linking farmers to markets.

The refreshed partnership will benefit thousands of smallholder farmers across the country, aiming to help these farmers increase their agricultural productivity and income.

Unlocking Ghana’s great potential (Smallholder farmers in Ghana to benefit from IFDC MoU)

Like many other countries in West Africa, Ghana’s agriculture sector has great potential, and unlocking this will deliver immense support to the economy and well-being of millions of vulnerable people. A variety of interventions will be required to accomplish this and reap the benefits.

“At IFDC, we are dedicated to promoting relevant technologies, soil fertility management, crop productivity, commodity value chains, market information systems, and supportive policy on both public and private sector development in the agriculture sector,” says Dr. Oumou Camara, IFDC Vice President of Programs.

Through this agreement, set to run for five years with the possibility for renewal, MoFA has committed to facilitating the implementation of IFDC’s activities by creating a framework conducive to collaboration that will align national fertiliser quality control regulations and the fertiliser subsidy mechanism with harmonised sub-regional guidelines.

The agreement covers areas including strengthening the fertiliser value chain, soil health and fertility management, capacity building, and climate change risk mitigation.

According to Robert Patrick Ankobiah, Chief Director of MoFA, MoFA will make agricultural information and data available to IFDC and will participate in the analysis and production of technical reports and scientific articles.

The Ministry will regularly share with IFDC its priorities and needs at the national level for consideration in the development of new projects and the search for funding.

“Moreover, MoFA will provide IFDC with human resources and expertise to contribute to studies and consultations, identify themes in the soil-water-plant nexus for in-depth master’s and doctoral studies, and support the validation and scaling up of innovations developed by IFDC and other partners,” says Ankobiah.

Access to fertiliser data (Smallholder farmers in Ghana to benefit from IFDC MoU)

IFDC has been working in Ghana since 2002, contributing to the national agricultural agenda and maintaining a close relationship with MoFA. The organisation has supported the development and deployment of innovative fertiliser data access tools, including the Ghana Fertilizer Dashboard developed by IFDC’s AfricaFertilizer initiative in collaboration with Development Gateway.

Currently, IFDC implements several key projects and programs in Ghana, including:

The strengthened partnership between IFDC and the Government of Ghana marks a significant milestone in the journey to enhance agriculture in the country.

With a renewed commitment to supporting smallholder farmers and promoting sustainable agricultural practices, this collaboration is poised to make a lasting impact on the lives of many Ghanaians.

Smallholder farmers in Ghana benefit from IFDC MoU


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Smallholder farmers in Ghana benefit from IFDC MoU


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