High-Yield Seeds Benefit 140,000 Farmers in Ghana

More than 140,000 farmers in the Northern Region have had their incomes doubled in the last four years following a policy to make high-yielding seed varieties accessible to rural farmers under the Feed the Future (FTF) programme of the US government.

Under the programme, which has been running in Ghana for the last four years, more than $85 million has been mobilised in capital for the rice, maize and soya bean value chain, resulting in the reduction of stunted growth among children under five and improved household nutrition.

At a meeting hosted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with its partners to discuss the collective progress on food security in Ghana under the FTF programme, it emerged that the US government invested $45 million in Ghana annually on the seed value chain for northern farmers.

The two-day meeting, which was on the theme: “Sustaining the momentum to finish strongly”, brought together implementing partners of the FTF who discussed issues, including the promotion of public-private partnerships to sustain results and scale impact, enhancing the competitiveness of key value chains and understanding the constraints within Ghana’s seed sector.