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 • Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Climate change mitigation (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Disability (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 2020 include: (1) facilitated 4,286 agricultural extension agents in completing 875,324 farm and home visits, reaching a total of 5,776,587 farmers (close to five times the number of 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 250,747 farmers in 2020; (3) supported regional and district departments of agriculture in linking 97,564 farmers (of which 37% women) to traders/aggregators and processors; and (4) provided support leading to a total of 1, 478 students (of which 488 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 provisional 7.4% agricultural growth rate recorded in 2020, 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 $3,808,428
Transaction Date Type Value
18-05-2022 Disbursement $4,293
26-07-2022 Disbursement $2,960
08-09-2022 Disbursement $16,628
05-08-2022 Disbursement $260
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Partner website — Government of Ghana
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa
Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
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