Ghana

Country Profile
Ghana
In Ghana, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Ghana and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
5
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions in Ghana
Poverty
22.2
Percent
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions
Stunting
36.1
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions
Rural
47
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Ghana (World Bank, 2012)
GDP
7.9
Percent
Annual GDP growth. Agriculture accounts for 23 percent of added value (World Bank, 2012)
Farmers
20.5
Thousand
Producers using new technology and skills with Feed the Future’s help in FY13
Sales
11.7
Million
Total sales by smallholder farmers from agricultural sales in FY13
Nutrition
633
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY13 across Ghana
Land
21.7
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY13
Investment
1.7
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY13
Agricultural growth has been the major driver of poverty reduction in Ghana

Steady growth and record poverty reduction over the past 20 years have made Ghana an African success story. Gross domestic product (GDP) has grown between 4 and 8 percent annually over the past decade and is expected to continue to grow in coming years. Agricultural growth has been the major driver of poverty reduction, especially in the southern part of Ghana. The sector is the largest source of employment for Ghanaians and is dominated by smallholder farmers producing food and cash crops.

Ghana has achieved an overall reduction in the poverty rate from 52 percent to 28 percent over the past 10 years. Despite this progress, the northern

Results by the numbers*

  • More than 20,000 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time on more than 21,700 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers sold $11.7 million (USD) worth of agricultural products
  • Feed the Future leveraged more than $1.7 million (USD) in new private investment in food and agriculture in Ghana
  • U.S. Government nutrition programs reached more than 633,100 children under 5 years old

In Ghana, more

The Government of Ghana has increased its investment in agriculture to nearly 10 percent of its national budget since signing its Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program Compact in 2009. Building on this, the Medium Term Agriculture Sector Investment Plan brings together donor, public and private sector resources to modernize the agriculture sector, increase food security and reduce poverty.

Ghana is also one of the first African countries of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, a commitment by donors, African countries and private sector partners to reduce

USAID activities in Ghana:

  • African Women in Agricultural Research for Development (AWARD)
  • Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement Program
  • Agriculture Policy Support Project
  • Agricultural Technology Transfer
  • Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development Program
  • Business Sector Advocacy Challenge Fund
  • Financing Ghana Agricultural Project
  • Empowering Agriculture Global Development Alliances
  • ESOKO partnership
  • Ghana Advance Maize Seed Adoption Program with DuPont Pioneer
  • Ghana Commercial Agriculture Program
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Target Regions

Map of target regions for Feed the Future investment in Ghana

Funding

Funding Graph for Ghana