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Ghana: GIZ salutes Farmers, Government of Ghana on Farmers Day

GIZ has saluted the hardworking farmers and fishers of Ghana as the country celebrates its National Farmers Day.
Every year on the 1st of December, National Farmers Day is commemorated to honour Ghanaian Farmers and Fishers who work tirelessly to feed the growing population, provide raw materials to the nations industries, and contribute substantially to the nations foreign exchange earnings.
On behalf of the German Government, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the Ghanaian Governments contribution to food security in the agricultural sector by increasing yields, improving the quality of products and helping farmers generate additional income, especially during critical periods of the year.
In a press release issued to commemorate the day, GIZ pointed out that in cooperation with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and the private sector, through the Market-Oriented Agricultural Programme (MOAP) they support small holder farmers to achieve GLOBALG.A.P and organic certification to increase their incomes. Around 30,000 jobs in the agricultural sector and at processing companies have been secured since 2004 through MOAP. Additionally, more than 5,000 farmers have received training in good agricultural practices and over 2,000 farmers have been certified in line with international sustainability standards. Pineapple cooperatives in the Central Region, for example, have benefited from up to 50% higher prices for producers.
“We also support Ghanaian producers in developing quality standards and innovative products, introducing new processing technologies, and improving their packaging and hygiene standards. Additionally, the establishment of the Competitive Cashew Initiative which is commissioned by the German government, co-financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is implemented by GIZ has led to the creation of around 44,000 new jobs in cashew production, processing and marketing in Ghana. The household income earned by cashew farmers is now estimated to be over USD 1,500 per year,” the press release indicated.
GIZ also work closely with the Ghana Cocoa Board and other partners to support the cocoa sector through the Sustainable Smallholder Agri-Business and Cocoa Food-Link Programme (SSAB-CFLP). In 2015/2016, yields in the value chains supported by the project rose by 40% for cashews, an average of 74% for rice and at least 33% for cocoa.
Currently, GIZ promotes sustainable development in Ghana via 56 programmes and projects. Our activities cover currently three priority areas: Agriculture, Governance and Sustainable Economic Development. Additionally, our portfolio extends to other areas such as peace and security, renewable energy and climate and environment. Another focus of GIZs work is linking business interests with development-policy goals. Most of the programmes and projects we support in Ghana have successfully brought together national and international private companies, the public sector, and civil society groups to collaborate on development initiatives.

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