Ghana has emerged as one of Africa’s economic success stories, with steady economic growth in its agriculture and mining sectors.
Ghana and Canada have had a long and prosperous relationship, with Ghana being one of the first nations in Africa to establish diplomatic ties with Canada.
On July 8, 2017, MEDA’s Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project in Ghana was pleased to welcome the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Development and La Francophonie to view GROW and share information on the challenges faced by women and girls in remote northern areas of the country.
GROW focuses on improving food security for families by assisting women farmers to grow more soybeans and forge market links that will increase incomes.
The project was proud to be included in the Government of Canada’s launch of the Modernising Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) program. Minister Bibeau announced the provision of $125 million in funding to support Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA).
In addition to improving farmers’ production and productivity by supporting the expansion and reach of the ministry’s extension agent services, MAG will strengthen and modernize agricultural extension service delivery at the national, regional and district levels.
As one of three invited partners, GROW exhibited some products from project activities, including soya oil, soymilk, soya kebab and poultry feed.
Global Affairs Canada took a keen interest in GROW’s fall army worm (FAW) brochure designed to teach farmers how to identify FAW and control it. They committed to funding the printing of 1,000 brochures to be distributed to GROW communities.
FAW is a common South American pest that has recently spread to West Africa. Known for attacking maize, it has the potential to feed on more than 80 plant species.
The insect is growing increasingly problematic for farmers across Africa. GROW is working to beat the deadly pest by educating farmers through awareness, education and training. The project team has shared the brochure with GROW partners, field staff and lead farmers, and partnered with the MoFA to make sure extension agents have access to it to educate other farmers in the region.