69%Land Area Used for Agriculture
14%Children Under 5 are Malnourished
Forty-seven percent of Ghana’s population live in rural areas and 41 percent of its total population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. The World Bank reports that about 69 percent of its land area is used for agricultural purposes.
Like many sub-Saharan countries, Ghana’s incidence of poverty is high. Ghana rates 138 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014). Almost 29 percent of its 26 million people live under the poverty line, or
$1.25 a day, and 14 percent of its children under 5 are malnourished.
According to the World Food Programme (WFP), Ghana’s three northern regions face persistent food insecurity and high levels of malnutrition. These regions are behind in nearly all human development indicators. In these areas, six out of 10 people are
poor, compared to just two out of 10 in the rest of the country.