Protect and Invest in Farmers from Ghana

May 25, 2009

Spring Update

IPA enumerator Joseph Banyan interviewing a farmer in Tamale
IPA enumerator Joseph Banyan interviewing a farmer in Tamale

Farmers in northern Ghana sometimes struggle to grow enough food each year for their families to thrive. But many believe that these farmers could prosper if only they could afford to invest more, and if they did not face such risks from unpredictable rains. IPA is helping nearly 400 farmers to invest more this year by providing capital injections, as well as an innovative rainfall insurance scheme.

Supported by donations like yours, IPA has been distributing capital injections to farmers since mid-April this year. The grants are being given out according to each farmer’s personalized timetable, so that the funds are received when they are needed most. We’ve also awarded many of these farmers rainfall insurance to protect them from drought and excess rain: this takes effect at the most critical time of the growing season, from June to September.

“Being introduced to IPA’s rainfall insurance policy really opened our eyes to the risks we face as farmers.” – farmer in Savelugu-Nanton district, Ghana

This year is just the start for IPA’s work with farmers in northern Ghana. Please help us to expand our capital injections and insurance program to more farmers next year. And let us know what you think by leaving feedback in our comments section!


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Project Leader

Heidi McAnnally-Linz

New Haven, CT United States

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