THE United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP), is embarking on a one-year effort to provide vital support to farmers during the lean season in Ghana.
Valued at $7 million, the newly launched Farmer Support Activity aims to bolster food security by assisting farmers to continue agriculture activities in the lean season in select districts across the Upper East, Upper West, Northeast, and Northern Regions, as well as adjacent areas, for a period of three months.
USAID is the lead U.S. government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.
The USAID Farmer Support Activity will be implemented through a well-designed cash transfer system to be disbursed in two tranches. Transfers will be made to up to 17,000 vulnerable farmers during the three-month lean season spanning from June to August 2023.
Through a multi-sectoral initiative that includes the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the National Identity Authority and MTN, among others, WFP has already identified, targeted and registered the vulnerable smallholder farmers who will benefit from the project.
By partnering with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, USAID and WFP aim to harness the government’s expertise necessary to empower farmers and strengthen agricultural practices.
Through this collaborative approach, the project aims to enhance food security, improve livelihoods, and contribute to the sustainable development of Ghana’s agricultural sector.
In close partnership with the Government of Ghana, USAID and WFP are committed to working hand in hand to implement this transformative project. Recognizing the importance of collaboration and coordination, this joint effort will ensure the effective delivery of support to the farmers in Ghana.
The WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and changing lives using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.
In Ghana, WFP’s programmes are largely development-oriented, supporting the Government to change lives by improving nutrition, food systems, social protection and emergency planning, preparedness and response.