Project profile — Resilient and Sustainable Livelihoods Transformation in Northern Ghana


2015-07-31 - 2018-05-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Ghana (100.00%)


• Basic Health: Basic nutrition (12240) (5.00%)
• Agricultural development:
Agricultural development (31120) (10.00%)
Agricultural inputs (31150) (10.00%)
Food crop production (31161) (30.00%)
Livestock (31163) (10.00%)
Agricultural education/training (31181) (15.00%)
• Fishing: Fishery development (31320) (5.00%)
• General Environmental Protection: Environmental education/training (41081) (5.00%)
• Other Multisector: Rural development (43040) (10.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project addresses the constraints that prevent smallholder farmers in Northern Ghana from producing sufficient food to feed themselves and generate revenue and from becoming resilient to unexpected events such as droughts. It offers transformative and sustainable solutions that address the root causes behind the lack of access to sufficient, nutritious food and the vulnerability to food shortages in the northern regions, while also promoting community and household resilience to external shocks and stresses. Expected activities include: practical training for 21,000 smallholder farmers and service providers in sustainable cropping practices, livestock production, aquaculture, and water management; provision of tools and services, including technical assistance in climate change adaptation and disaster risk management practices, to 150 communities to improve productivity; strengthening and promoting gender-responsive systems of agricultural extension and support; training for 21,000 women and men in income generating activities; and strengthening access for 21,000 smallholder farmers to high-value markets in selected agricultural and non-agricultural sub-sectors

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: Increased, diversified, and more equitable agricultural production for male and female smallholder farmers and their households; increased, diversified, and more equitable incomes and assets for rural, food insecure men, women and their household in the Upper East and Upper West regions of Ghana.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2017 include: (1) a total of 21,167 farmers (70% women) have received support to undertake crop and livestock production, income generating activities and aquaculture production; (2) 4,600 women have been engaged in income generating activities, resulting in gross margins of 20% or more, a significant milestone towards sustainable and profitable business; (3) 274 community agriculture workers were trained and 16,000 farmers reached with extension services (education and training on good agricultural practices and technologies) ; (4) access to land for women farmers reached 100% in all project communities and land sizes for women farmers increased from ¼- ½ an acre last year to an average of 1 acre; and (5) women have reported better relations at home, feeling more respected by their spouses, increased participation in decision making, being viewed as sources of key information and knowledge, and being recognized as indispensable partners in the households as a result of project interventions. These have contributed to improved food security, increased incomes and resilience among vulnerable and poorest populations in the project communities.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $995,670
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
05-11-2018 Disbursement $533,491
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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