United States Agency for International Development

USAID/Ghana Agricultural Activity Brief

Extension farmer showing rural maize farmers the characteristics of quality grain on a trial farm

Ghana is a ‘focus’ country for a US Government-wide initiative Feed the Future (FtF).The USAID 2011-2015 multi-year FtF strategy is aligned with the Government of Ghana’s Medium Term Agricultural Strategic Implementation Plan (METASIP) and the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) compact.

The strategic focus is on commercializing staple crop systems, such as rice, maize and soya, and improving management of coastal resources such as marine fisheries. The approach includes closing the yield gaps and reducing pre- and post-harvest losses, improving the efficiency of value chains, and strengthening the regulatory system and policy frameworks to support regional trade. Investments in rural infrastructure and attention to improving access to financing are central to the strategy.

Current Activities

Agriculture Development Value Chain Enhancement Program (ADVANCE) is a $32M; four-year program (2009-2013) designed to improve the competitiveness of key agricultural commodity value chains in domestic and regional markets, with a significant focus on the three northern regions.

Ghana Strategic Support Program (GSSP) has $17M to focus on agricultural research and policy platforms that will ultimately modernize the agriculture sector, particularly staple crops, through 2013.

Integrated Coastal and Fisheries Governance (ICFG) is a four-year, $10M program designed to assist Ghana to sustainably manage its coastal and marine ecosystems and improve the livelihoods and food security of coastal communities through 2013.

Peace Corpsvolunteers will support agricultural production of maize, rice, and soybean, improve farmer business and marketing skills, ensure a greater role for women, build bankable credit-worthy programs, test alternative on-farm or processing energy options, and extend new technologies in the three northern regions of Ghana through 2013.

Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC),a challenge fund with pooled funding from Danida and the EUis receiving $4M from USAID to work on improving the business environment in Ghana to facilitate private sector growth, including in the agricultural sector, through 2014.

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Technical Support Services (METSS)is a 3 year program implemented by USDA ending in 2013. METSS supports USAID/Ghana in the design and oversight of new programs under FtF, provides direct technical support to the implementation of Ghana’s Medium Term Agriculture Sector Investment Plan (METASIP), and provides monitoring and evaluation services for both FtF and METASIP.

Future support through FtF

  • Ghana Commercial Agriculture Program
  • Low cost venture capital
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Agriculture technology transfers
  • Marine fisheries governance
  • Training and capacity building for public, private and civil society organizations in agriculture and food security
  • Agriculture sector policy enhancement
  • Sector-wide approach for policy reform and large scale systems transformation initiatives to support METASIP