Ghana and IFAD

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Agriculture – Approach to Youth Unemployment in Ghana

IFAD hails Ghana as farming success story


GHANA has in the past 35 years received $782,7 million International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to boost farming, President John Dramani Mahama disclosed.

The funds, making Ghana the third largest IFAD country programme in West and Central Africa region, have supported 17 projects and programmes.

The disclosure coincides with Ghana is currently undertaking the approval process for a $36 million Ghana Agricultural Sector Improvement Program (GASIP), which will strengthen the agricultural value chains in the country.

The country is working on the establishment of a Ghana Commodities Exchange to facilitate a warehouse receipts system for cereals and improve quality of products.

To encourage the youth to take up agriculture, the Youth in Agriculture Programme has been institutionalized in 2013 to bring out the nexus/connection between agriculture development and Ghana’s ability to achieve its food and nutrition security goals are inextricably linked.

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture seeks to encourage their participation in the agricultural sector.

Read the full article: CAJ News

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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