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Ghana’s Northern Rural Growth Programme – innovative way to make agriculture a worthy investment for rural farmers

April 28th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) sought the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) financial support to implement the Northern Rural Growth Programme (NRGP) in Ghana at a total cost of US$ 92.79 million. The programme was designed with the overall goal of ensuring equitable and sustainable reduction of poverty and …

Bumper crop of cocoa is no sweet deal for African farmers

April 20th, 2017 / MarketPlace, US

Seventy percent of cocoa comes from West Africa, mostly Ivory Coast and Ghana. The supply can swing way up or down depending on political instability and the weather there. “At times coca prices’ annualized volatility can be as much as 20 to 25 percent,” said James Butterfill, head of research …

Ghana V-P targets youth in agriculture

February 24th, 2017 / Peace FM Online

As part of moves to tackle graduate unemployment and to encourage youth in Agriculture, His Excellency the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, in collaboration with CIEDOM – HOG International and the University of Cape Coast School of Agriculture, will soon launch an entertainment cum education project dubbed: ‘the Ultimate Farmer …

Ghanaian agriculture students welcome ‘Champions for Change’ initiative

February 6th, 2017 / Ghana News Agency

Agricultural science students’ from Ghanaian universities have welcomed Africa Lead’s
– Champions for Change initiative – that trains youth leaders to champion innovations in the agricultural sector for increased food production and improved livelihoods.
The students were drawn from a number of tertiary institutions in the country including: University of Cape Coast …

Ghana’s government lauds WACCI for enhancing food security

December 6th, 2016 / Ghana New Agency

The University of Ghana’s West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) has been commended for its initiative towards enhancing food security in Ghana and the West African subregion.
Mrs Mona Quartey, a Deputy Minister of Finance, commended WACCI for being one of the most outstanding Africa Centres of Excellence (ACE) in the …

USAID has launched a five-year sustainable Shea initiative for seven West African states

November 10th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: USAID Ghana in partnership with the Global Shea Alliance has launched a five-year sustainable Shea initiative for seven West African countries. The initiative will see to the implementation of promotional and improved sustainable production activities to enhance the Shea industry in West Africa. See …

Animal scientist recommends intensive method of pig rearing system

October 28th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: The Director for CSIR-Animals Research Institute, Dr. Franklin Avornyo has recommended an intensive method of pig rearing to pig producers in the northern region. According to him this will help reduce the possibilities of the animals attracting or transmitting diseases. See …

Soybeans – farmers advised to adapt planting on ridges to enhance growth and germination

October 11th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports from Ghana: an agronomist with the USAID-Feed the Future, Soybean Innovation lab, Dr. George Awuni has urged soybean farmers to adopt planting on ridges to enhance the plant growth population. See …

Farmers benefit from smallholder farmer’s empowerment for food security project

September 28th, 2016 / YouTube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: “Some beneficiary farmers under the smallholder Farmer’s Empowerment For Food Security Project are optimistic the new farm management practices introduced to them have improve their crop yields.
“The farmers said this during a field day interaction exercise in the Tolon District for 10 communities.
“The Smallholder Farmer’s …

Success of GMO crops in neighbouring countries may influence adoption in Ghana

September 28th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Ghana is currently running confined field trials of some selected GE crops, but analysis of ongoing genetically modified organism (GMO) debates and published opinions shows a considerable amount of opposition to GE agriculture and GMOs in Ghana. This notwithstanding, we suggest that Bt cotton cultivation in Burkina Faso—Ghana’s immediate neighbor …