Cashew plants are cultivated in a research facility in Wenchi (Ghana).

Priority area agriculture Creating value chains for agricultural products

In order to help combat poverty in Ghana and establish food security, Germany is engaged in activities designed to increase agricultural productivity. The potential of the agricultural sector is currently underused. Ghana is therefore one of the priority countries under the special initiative 'ONE WORLD – No Hunger'.

Through the establishment of “green innovation centres”, the initiative is supporting the efforts of smallholders to increase the sustainability of their production methods. Detailed information about the green innovation centre in Ghana can be found here.

The aim of German involvement is to enable farmers to raise their production above subsistence level and generate an income for themselves by selling some of their produce. The objective is to make the production, processing and marketing of these products more efficient and profitable so that they are better able to compete with products on national, regional and international markets. The focus of the support that Germany is providing is on products with good economic potential such as maize, rice, sorghum, soya beans, rubber, pineapples, mangos, cocoa, palm oil, cashew nuts and peanuts.

New jobs

At the same time new jobs are to be created in connection with the processing of agricultural products, so that more profit remains in the country and above all in rural areas. German development cooperation activities in this connection have the aim of advising state institutions and also major public and private service providers in the agricultural sector.

In addition, under a triangular cooperation arrangement together with Israel, the cultivation of citrus fruits has been improved in two regions. This cooperation is being continued through the green innovation centre in Ghana.

Clear increase in income

These efforts have been crowned with success: the average incomes of agricultural producers for all the product ranges that are being supported have clearly increased. In the rubber sector the number of jobs has gone up by about 20 per cent.