- 1 year
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a massive loss of human life worldwide and presents an unprecedented challenge to public health, food systems, among other challenges; In 2020, a one (1) year COVID-19 food security emergency response project dubbed “ACCESS” was launched in Ethiopia and Ghana with the support of Global Affairs Canada. The project aims to support smallholder farmers, particularly women, with critical inputs for establishing sustainable local food systems by increasing access to agro-inputs and markets. The project’s interventions promote sustainable agricultural practices and generate additional food and income by strengthening the smallholder farmers in Ghana and Ethiopia. The project directly works with over 12,000 beneficiaries (58% women) and aims to reach 26,000 indirect beneficiaries in Ethiopia and Ghana.
The nine-month project aims to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on smallholder farmers who have been particularly affected by food system disruptions in the Hagare Mariam District of Ethiopia and the Wa West District of the Upper West Region of Ghana.
The assistance packages included tractor services, agriculture inputs, fertilizer, livestock, small ruminants, dry season vegetable inputs, tools and equipment, and financial support for business expansion.
In the targetted area, the project will guide farmers on the 4R principles and support the post-harvest management system and tools. Apart from this, the project to provide financial resources to women entrepreneurs to expand their businesses.
The project outcomes are