Project profile — Modernizing Agriculture in Ghana

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Modernizing Agriculture in Ghana - Overview
Government of Ghana
2017-02-01 - 2023-12-31
Country / region • Ghana (100.00%)
Sector • Basic Health
Basic nutrition (12240) (5.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural policy and administrative management (31110) (28.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural development (31120) (10.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural extension (31166) (50.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural education/training (31181) (3.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural research (31182) (4.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (significant objective)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• 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)
Description and results


The project provides direct funding to the Government of Ghana to improve food security and make the agriculture sector more modern, equitable and sustainable. The project seeks to implement a comprehensive market-oriented approach to farming and to strengthen and modernize agricultural extension services. The project covers the entire country at the national, regional and district levels and is expected to benefit 2.8 million farm households, including many female farmers. Project activities include: (1) delivering agricultural extension services and market-oriented training to farm households, with a particular focus on providing information linked to improved cultural practices and the appropriate use of fertilizers, pesticides, tools and machinery; (2) equipping District Agricultural Departments and Regional Agricultural Departments with extension materials, equipment and logistical support; (3) supporting innovative, demand-driven and market-oriented research to address current challenges being faced by smallholder farmers; (4) updating and reorienting a standardized curriculum for agricultural colleges and farm institutes to be more market-focused, gender-sensitive and climate-smart; and (5) improving the enabling (administrative and legal) environment to facilitate access to local and foreign markets for agricultural production.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased adoption of relevant, productivity-enhancing technologies, which would result in yield increases in maize and rice, and a reduction of post-harvest losses; (2) increased adoption of market-oriented approaches to farm management, which would result in increased volume of produce marketed and agribusiness agreements signed; and (3) increased private sector investments in sustainable agricultural input supply, production, marketing and processing, which would result in increased number of farmers accessing input suppliers, loans, and equity investment to grow their businesses.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of December 2021 include: (1) facilitated 4,442 agricultural extension agents in completing 825,968 farm and home visits, reaching a total of 4,936,086 farmers (compared to 1,300,223 farmers visited in 2016). The agents guided the farmers through the various elements of the value-chain, from pre-planting to agro-processing, to packaging and marketing; (2) increased the number of farmers in commodity-based farmer groups from 87,932 in 2016 to 505,140 farmers in 2021; (3) supported regional and district departments of agriculture in linking 478,841 farmers (of which 39% women) to traders/aggregators and processors; (4) provided support leading to a total of 3,424 students (of which 992 women) completing or starting the new market-oriented, gender-sensitive and climate-smart training curriculum. This training took place in five agricultural colleges, which train potential future agriculture extension agents and future entrepreneurs; (5) contributed to the 8.4% agricultural growth rate recorded in 2021, which has translated into an adequate self-sufficiency ratio of major staple food crops; and (6) improved farmers’ livelihoods, including through enhancing their ability to pay their children’s school fees, construct and rehabilitate family houses, acquire assets, expand farm operations and establish commercial shops to diversify their income sources.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $6,280,903
Transaction Date Type Value
01-08-2023 Disbursement $19,977
01-08-2023 Disbursement -$19,977
01-08-2023 Disbursement $19,977
13-09-2023 Disbursement $12,839
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Partner website — Government of Ghana
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa
Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
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