Agriculture remains a backbone of Ghanaian society; yet, agricultural sustainability remains low, largely due to depleted soils and low productivity.
Although the absolute number of poor people has fallen as a result of consistent economic growth, one third of Ghanaians still live below the poverty line. The great majority of growers are smallholders producing at subsistence level.
By focused interventions, the Ghana Grains Partnership aims to improve productivity. The intention is to make a significant and lasting impact on rural livelihoods.
In 2008, Yara and the local inputs provider Wienco initiated the Ghana Grains Partnership (GGP), to build markets and increase smallholder capacity to produce maize. The GGP utilizes its skills and resources to scale up core value chain activities, including inputs, production, warehousing, logistics, credits and marketing. This catalyzes significant small farmer development in the maize sector.
A key measure was the establishment of a farmers’ association – Masara N’Arziki (‘Maize for Prosperity’ in Hausa). Entering 2013, more than 8,000 farmers had joined, having seen yield levels triple compared to the average.
Masara acts on behalf of its members, purchasing inputs and selling the crops, while the GGP provides seeds and fertilizers on affordable credit terms, as well as storage and transport facilities – helping to reduce losses and increase profits.
For 2013, the goal is to grow the membership number by 50% and to perform an analysis of the levers of success for the association, exploring the potential for replication and scaling up.Beneficiaries
The more than 8,000 members of Masara N’Arziki and their families are the direct beneficiaries.
The members are located in several districts of Northern Ghana; Tumu, Gwollu, Nankpanduri, Kintampo and Wa, as well as the sub-zones Damongo, Tamale and Chereponi.Project URL
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Africa: GhanaIssue areas
Food and AgricultureBusiness sectors
Food & Beverage