Location & land size;
Metropolitan Agricultural Development Unit of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly operates within four designated zones consisting eleven (11) sub metros. It shares common boundaries with;-
It lies in the coastal zone of Ghana with a bi-modal rainfall pattern.
Accra Metropolitan Area covers about 230 to 240 km² with agricultural lands covering about 1,091 hectares.
Weather : climate & temperature;
The Role of Agriculture in AMA
Agricultural Activities in MoFA-AMA
Production, Processing of Cereal and Legumes, Fruits and Vegetables, Meat, Fish and Milk Products, Mushroom Production, Bee Keeping, Grasscutter and Rabbit Production and other non-traditional agricultural activities.
Marine Drive – Osu, Shiashie, Legon, Achimota and Burma Camp, Airport Area.
Cucumber, Spring Onion, Raddish, Green Pepper, etc.), Local Vegetables (Okro, Tomatoes, Pepper, etc.), Staples (Maize and Cowpea)
Average Plot Size per Farmer - 0.1 – 0.2 Ha
Data on Crop Production in AMA
Agricultural Potentials in AMA
- ( Huge Markets, Hotels, Restaurants, Food Vendors, etc. )
- (Kotoka Int. Airport and closeness to Tema Harbour )
Considering the enormous challenges confronting the Department of Food and Agriculture in executing its duties, efforts were made to partner like-minded institutions with similar aims and objectives within its jurisdiction to help meet the pressing needs of the people in the Accra Metropolitan area. These include academic and research institutions (such as Univ. of Ghana, CSIR, IWMI, etc.), NGOs into Agriculture (e.g. Heifer Int., Enterprise Works Vita, etc.), Environmental Protection Agencies (e.g. EPA) and Agro Stakeholders (Farmer Representatives).
Also, the Department, with support from the International Water Management Institute represented by Resource Centers on Urban Agriculture and Food Security, currently coordinates a Multi-Stakeholder Process made up of 20 major institutions that matter in Agricultural Development in The Accra Metropolitan Area. The Multi-Stakeholder Platform which has culminated into The Accra Working Group on Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture seeks to develop a sustainable urban farming system and to contribute to urban poverty alleviation and enhance urban food security and empowering the socially excluded.
The Way Forward