Ten thousand farmers in Northern Ghana to benefit from N2 Africa Project

About 10 000 farmers from six districts of the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions of Ghana will benefit from a project known as the N2 Africa Project by the end of the year. The project, which would run until 2013, seeks to introduce farmers to newly improved soya bean, cowpea and groundnut seeds, rhizobuim inoculants and chemical fertilisers such as Triple Super Phosphate (TSP) and Muriate of Potash to promote legume production. The project is being financed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. To achieve the targets, it is important to strengthen partnerships among farmers associations, government, research institutions and others.Read more here.
Ghana News Agency


Farmers, processors introduced to value-added crops

Farmers and food processors from across Ghana have been exposed to improved crop varieties to increase yield and add value to production. Researchers at the Crops Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have also been engaging the farmers in best practices to increase productivity at the farm gate. The Institute has developed new cassava, yam, sweet potato and cocoyam commodities, emanating from the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP). The objective of the programme is to generate and disseminate improved technologies in the West Africa region and achieve a 25 percent increase in the productivity of the main agricultural sectors. Read more here.
Kofi Adu Domfeh

AGRA makes great impact in agriculture – SARI

Dr. Stephen Nutsugah, the Director of the Savannah Agriculture Research Institute (SARI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has lauded a giant stride made by the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in Ghana’s agricultural sector. A field demonstration was held to find out the improvement of the soil fertility after application of various methods to improve the soil’s health and to educate farmers on the need to improve soil health through the application of chemicals such as fertilizer. Dr. Nutsugah said the gains made by AGRA were as a result of the dissemination of appropriate soil fertility management technologies by the project implementation team and stakeholders in the production chain. Read more here.
Ghana Web

BOPP empowers small-holder oil palm farmers

The Benso Oil Palm Plantation (BOPP) purchased thousands of metric tonnes of fresh palm fruits from about 438 smallholder farmers in Ghana in 2010. BOPP’s Smallholder Association has been empowered with meetings in sustainable financial management system. The association wants government to assist the smallholder farmers to increase production at reduced cost. Recently, many experts have urged the government to make the subsidy a policy towards reducing poverty among smallholder farmers. Farmers are advised to manage their farms along business lines by keeping records to prevent financial losses and by ensuring transparency and accountability. Read more here.
Adum Banso

Idasa asks where is Africa heading?

Idasa has issued a call to the African Union, the United Nations, development agencies and think tanks to engage in a very honest appraisal of the transition processes currently in practice on the continent. We remind our fellow African citizens that with a number of elections pending in Africa, and as our continent moves towards democracy, now is the time to reiterate our call to respect democratic, electoral processes and outcomes. Countries like Ghana, Zambia and South Africa have held successful democratic elections, but we can’t afford to ignore the lessons of Ivory Coast. To prevent such bloodshed in future we recognise the role of the African Union to determine African solutions to African problems, but call for honest debate on its capacity and willingness to do so. We also recognise the responsibility of the international community to protect civilians but believe there is an urgent need for clarity on the international interventions in situations where the rights of self determination are superseded by the need to protect innocent civilians in conflict between governments and their peoples.

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Ghana benefits from food security package

A new food security package has been introduced in Ghana as a means to upgrade the country’s present capacity and training to ensure food security is long-term and sustainable. The aim of the security package is to train key players in agricultural development and in doing so deepen the understanding of country compacts and investment. It is a positive departure from traditional food security packages that focus on delivering resources to incapacitated players in agriculture. The deepening of training will benefit small-scale farmers as it allows them to participate significantly in the agriculture process that they drive but also benefit from. In the long run, farmers could even be the voice of policy in the policy-making process. Read more here.

Family farming matters in South-South cooperation

Cooperation between countries of the developing South took a step forward with the recent signing of international agreements in Brazil aimed at stimulating public policies to support small-scale farmers. The delegates from Brazil, China, India and South Africa signed the agreements at the meeting of MERCOSUR (Southern Common Market). The agreements include technology and knowledge transfer, as well as financial aid, to countries such as Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast and Rwanda. Read more here.