Ghana

Connecting farmers to markets and increasing incomes

Our Escaping Poverty project provides coaching, cash grants and agricultural inputs to families in north and central Ghana.

Detailed map highlighting the geographic locations of past and active projects in Ghana.
Location
Ghana
Products
Goats, Sheep, Swine, Poultry, Dairy, Honey, Crop Value Chains
Active Since
1999 

Background:

Ghana’s economy is growing at a steady pace, but many farmers remain vulnerable to economic shocks and extreme weather. The growing economy presents opportunities to connect farmers to markets and increase their incomes.

Heifer International had a presence in Ghana in the early 1980s, working with communities raising rabbits. We returned to the country in 1999, working with farmers to cultivate snails in Mobole, a suburb of Accra, as a source of valuable protein. Since then, we have focused on working with farmers in the goat, sheep, swine, poultry, dairy honey, and crop value chains.

 

426,651 families supported by our work

Our Escaping Poverty project provides coaching, cash grants and agricultural inputs to families in north and central Ghana. Businesses supported through the project include those focused on raising goats, chickens, and pigs; growing sweet potatoes, corn, rice, and vegetables; and processing shea butter and making soap products. Ghana’s government, the University of Ghana and Innovations for Poverty Action are supporting this project.

We are also working with cocoa farmers and chocolate company Barry Callebaut to diversify incomes, supporting farmers to expand production into secondary value chains such as eggs, honey and mushroom production. This is currently a pilot project.

Partners

  • Barry Callebaut
  • Government of Ghana
  • Innovations for Poverty Action
  • International Development Research Center
  • McGill University of Canada
  • University of Ghana