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Opinion: Ghana's "Planting for Food and Jobs" Campaign Will Fail Without Smallholders

The “Planting for food and jobs” campaign which was launched by the president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last week may not succeed if small holder farmers are not part of it, Prof Saa Dittoh, a lecturer at the Department of Climate Change and Food Security at the University for Development Studies (UDS) has said. Prof Dittoh said small holder farmers are those who have been farming to feed the country and failure to capture them in the flagship programme will affect its sustainability. He made the remarks on Radio Tamale’s current affairs programme, The People’s Parliament, Monday April 24. “I sincerely believe that you start from the known to the unknown. There are people who have been feeding us all these years; the small farmers. Ninety percent of the food we eat come from small farmers. Question has always been, what are the large farmers doing? How come that they are not able to produce anything in addition to what we are doing?” he quizzed.

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