+27 71 448 3496
leon@whyafrica.co.za

Smallholder farmers in Ghana to benefit from IFDC MoU

Share Article
(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

ADVERTISEMENT

WhyAfrica provides on the ground information and business intelligence about the sustainable utilisation and extraction of natural resources in Africa, and can assist your company through:  

  1. Membership:
  • WhyAfrica’s membership offers great business insights to you, your company, and clients.
  • Amongst many other benefits, we will publish editorial content about you or your company on the WhyAfrica online platform and on all WhyAfrica’s social media pages – the annual fee is R5,500 and you can find out more or subscribe here: https://www.whyafrica.co.za/product/membership/ 
  1. Sponsorship:
  • WhyAfrica’s Road Trip takes place annually in July and August. During our Road Trip we aim to visit more than 30 project sites. Sponsoring the Road Trip, or to be a WhyAfrica member, gives you unparalleled insight into the business environment of the countries that we travel to and the project sites we visit.
  • To be a member or sponsor allows you access to invaluable, on the ground, business intelligence and a great marketing opportunity for all companies doing business in Africa.
  • The main aim of our Road Trips is to promote Africa as an investment destination and to showcase Africa’s greatest companies, and projects to our large global audience, which includes a list of potential investors, venture capitalists and serial entrepreneurs.
  • To view the photos of this year’s Southern Africa Road Trip click on the gallery link or follow our Instagram account at why.africa https://www.whyafrica.co.za/road-trips/whyafrica-road-trips/.
  1. Advertising:
  • We publish daily online articles on our WhyAfrica platform and post them on social media every day. Our combined online reach is more than 45,000. In-article banner ads are highly successful advertising tools as is advertising space on our website.
  • In addition to our bi-weekly newsletters, we publish two printed- and two interactive digital magazines per year. The printed magazines are distributed at major events and conferences throughout the year, and also on our WhyAfrica Road trips.
  • Digital magazines are e-mailed to all our subscribers and shared on our social media platforms. A copy of the latest edition is automatically attached to all our outgoing e-mails.
  • WhyAfrica magazines provide great marketing opportunities. There are also in-article and on-line advertising opportunities at exceptional rates. Contact me for more information on leon@whyafrica.co.za or give me a call.
  • To subscribe to WhyAfrica’s free newsletters and magazines click on the link and register: https://www.whyafrica.co.za/subscribe/  
  1. 4. Partnerships
  • Maximise your African exposure and link with our large business network through becoming one of only 10 WhyAfrica partners. We have only five prime partnership positions left for 2023, so contact me at leon@whyafrica.co.za to get the best deal.

Smallholder farmers in Ghana benefit from IFDC MoU

 

Share Article

Sectors

AgricultureEnvironmental Management & Climate ChangeEnergyESGInfrastructureMiningPolitical EconomyTourism and ConservationWater Management