Strengthening Agricultural Value Chain Economics

by Agency for Health and Food Security
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Strengthening Agricultural Value Chain Economics
Strengthening Agricultural Value Chain Economics
Strengthening Agricultural Value Chain Economics

Summary

Ghana's Agricultural landscape is characterized by weak and uncoordinated value chain. Based on research conducted by AHEFS' Food Systems Team, land, input support and training for farmers are largely unavailable because of poor coordination among traditional leaders, farmers, Ministry of Food and Agriculture departments, importers and exporters of agriculture commodities. This project received support from BUSAC Fund for the vegetable sector. Additional support is needed to expand the scope.

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Challenge

6 out of 10 children under 5 and 4 out of 10 women in fertile ages are anaemic largely because of inadequate intake of vegetables. Majority of consumers do not take vegetables because they are sceptical of the safety of vegetables as less than 10 % of farmers are trained in safe handling of agrochemicals. On several occasions, Ghana's vegetables have been banned on the international market for non-compliance to food safety standards. Both local and global consumption of vegetables are low

Solution

The project shall train vegetable farmers on safe use of agrochemicals and organic farming, educate communities and public on the safe handing and consumption of vegetables, provide cold storage an solar dryers to women farmers to make vegetables produced under good agricultural practices available for safe consumption by communities. The project would support the acquisition of land from traditional leaders and link production to market centres to guarantee improved income for women farmers.

Long-Term Impact

The project is expected to establish a model value chain system for vegetable production and consumption to inform national replication and scale up towards improving women livelihood, child and women nutrition, health and well-being. The project shall contribute to accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a XLSX file (projdoc.xlsx).

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Organization Information

Agency for Health and Food Security

Location: KUMASI, Ashanti - Ghana
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Twitter: @AHEFS Ghana
Agency for Health and Food Security
Kwaku  Asante
Project Leader:
Kwaku Asante
KUMASI, Ashanti Ghana

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