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.
In the video below, Ghanaian smallholder farmers had a lot to say about the impact of their co-operatives through this project.
"Through training in agricultural and off-farm activities, men increased their income by 740% and women by 972%. Nearly 100% of the farmers' households achieved food security, and children's nutrition improved..."
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. Through this project, now completed, CDF Canada helped farmer-owned co-operatives and credit unions in Northern Ghana provide training, economy of scale opportunities and access to savings and loans that enabled their farmer members to improve production, manage household finances, start off-farm businesses and meet nutritional needs.
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 23,000 loans to women to start small businesses, lessening their dependence on farm income for their family livelihoods. Though the project has ended, these institutions continue to serve farmers and drive development in their communities.
This project reached 51,959 women, men, youth, and co-operative organizations across 130 communities, or 124% of its original target. Through training in agricultural and off-farm activities, men increased their income by 740% and women by 972%. Nearly 100% of the farmers' households achieved food security, and children's nutrition improved. This integrated, co-operative approach supported Ghana’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Co-operation Framework.
Program undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.