Heifer Ghana

Live In Rural Areas

Land Area Used for Agriculture

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.

10,155 Families
Were Assisted in FY2014

Livestock Placed In FY2014

Our Work In Ghana

As a result of our programs in Ghana, communities have improved incomes, food security and nutrition. Our work focuses on: value chains and agribusiness development, incorporating environmentally friendly farming practices, social capital through equal access to resources and household assets, and stronger community organizations. 

We are strategically moving our projects toward the northern areas of Ghana. Challenges in these areas include food insecurity, malnutrition, gender inequality, malaria and HIV/AIDS, access to safe water and the negative effects of climate change.  

David Torgbor (6) holding his family's goat.
David Torgbor (6) holding his family's goat.
  • Women’s Empowerment

    Leadership training, Women-led business

  • Increased Income

    Value chain access, Harvest loss reduction, Storage and processing facilities

  • Social Capital

    Passing on the Gift®, Group leadership training, HIV/AIDS prevention

  • Nutrition

    Nutrition training, Vegetable gardening

  • Environment

    Agroforestry, Agroecological practices, Soil and water conservation

Programs and Projects

  • Collabarative Action:

    Collaborative Action for Lasting Livelihoods Project
  • TUNA:

    Women’s Livelihoods Development Project
  • Northern Brong-Ahafo:

    Project for the Enhancement of Livelihoods in the Northern Brong-Ahafo Region
  • Public-Private Linkages:

    Building Capacity for Sustainable Livelihoods and Health through Public-Private Linkages in Agriculture and Health Systems Project

Project Partners


  • Heifer Netherlands
  • Government ministries
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD)

Local implementing partners

  • Ministry of Food and Agriculture
  • Animal Research Institute
  • University of Ghana
  • Development Solutions Center


Heifer International Ghana: Mayfield House

Heifer International Ghana: Mayfield House

C343/261 No. 10, Ako Adjei Street P. O. Box AN 7107, Accra-North

T: 233-302-516-872

E: heiferghana@heifer.org

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