Food Security Through Co-operatives - Northern Ghana
Food Security Through Co-operatives Northern Ghana
- Term: 5 Years
- Budget: $8.2 million
- Direct Beneficiaries: 42,000 individuals
- Indirect Beneficiaries: 331,800 individuals
- Implementation Partner: SEND
- Knowledge Partner: CUA
- Financial Partners: Government of Canada
Co-operative chairperson Linda Adufude and other women co-operators are bringing food security to their farm families through better production and marketing of their crops, and by off-farm businesses they started with loans from their credit unions.
Despite Ghana’s vast tracts of fertile land, the country has struggled with food insecurity for many years. Hardworking smallholder farmers in the Eastern Corridor of Northern Ghana are struggling to meet their nutritional needs during hunger gaps when food and money are scarce. Women and young children are particularly affected and unable to reach their full potential.
"CDF Canada’s FOSTERING project has helped farmers eliminate their hunger gaps, built 5 storage facilities, brought gender equality to 1,000 households and issued almost 18,000 loans to women to start small businesses..."
Our experience shows that food security can be achieved and sustained when women and men smallholder farmers are in the driver’s seat, adopting and adapting time-tested co-operative tools to achieve food security, prosperity, and the confidence to build a better future. CDF Canada is helping farmer-owned co-operatives and credit unions in Northern Ghana provide training, economy of scale opportunities and access to savings and loans that enable their farmer members to improve production, manage household finances, start off-farm businesses and meet nutritional needs.
Now in its final year, CDF Canada’s FOSTERING project has helped farmers eliminate their hunger gaps, built 5 storage facilities, brought gender equality to 1,000 households and issued almost 18,000 loans to women to start small businesses, lessening their dependence on farm income for their family livelihoods. When CDF Canada leaves, these institutions will continue to serve farmers and drive development in their communities.
Looking ahead to Northern Ghana’s future, FOSTERING is on track to increase sustainable, gender equitable food security for over 42,000 men and women smallholder farmers in 5,400 households across 130 communities. This integrated, co-operative approach supports Ghana’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Co-operation Framework.