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The Questionable Quest To Improve Local Rice Production

by: Food Security Ghana

It is a well known fact that Ghana has been dependent on importation of rice for 70% of local demand for a considerable time. The quest to make Ghana self-sufficient with regards to rice supply is however proving more difficult than expected.The blame for this situation is largely placed at the doors of the Bretton Woods Institutions, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, and consecutive governments.

What are Farmer Based Organizations Networks / Apex Bodies?

by: Nana Oforiwaa Koranteng, Development Economist

Farmer Based Organizations (FBOs) Networks and Apex organizations act as mouthpieces of FBOs and represent their interest in ensuring the best possible financial and social positions for their members within the national economy.They provide a platform for the provision of promotional and advisory services and become the conduit for advocacy with collaborators, especially, in pricing and other marketing negotiations with distributors and industrialists. 

Boosting Agriculture In Ghana

by: Lamptey Alfred,Alfredlamptey88@yahoo.com

Agriculture is Ghana'smost important economic sector, the country produces a variety of crops in various climatic zones which range from dry savanna to wet forest and which run in east west bands across the country. Agricultural crops, including yams, grains, cocoa, oil palms, kola nuts, and timber. Ghana’s Growth and Poverty Reduction relies on agriculture as an engine of growth to lead the country into a middle income status.

The Role of Agriculture in Economic Development

by: Antwi, Stephen Bodybobton

Agriculture plays a crucial role in the economy of developing countries, and provides the main source of food, income and employment to their rural populations. According to FAO 2000, it has been established that the share of the agricultural population in the total populace is 67 percent, that agriculture accounts for 39.4 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) and that 43 percent of all exports consist of agricultural goods.

Embarking on an Agribusiness Entrepreneurial Journey in Ghana? Explore these Value Chain Opportunities

by: Solomon Elorm Allavi; Email: sallavi@syecomp.com

I’ve received several requests from fellow young persons with regards which commodity value chains to explore in Ghana when deciding to embark on their agribusiness entrepreneurial journeys. In this post I’ve provided a brief overview of six value chains with potential for expansion, rural poverty reduction, and job creation. The brief covers cassava (gari), maize, irrigated maize, pineapple, sorghum, and soybean.