Ghana’s tree crops subsector accounts for a substantial 16% of GDP (US$4 billion) and sustains over 1.6 million families. Cocoa alone contributes 11.5% to GDP and nearly one-third of the country’s foreign exchange earnings. (All 2013 data - latest available)
MEDA - West Africa / MENA
Ghana has emerged as one of Africa's economic success stories with steady economic growth during the past two decades, particularly in its agriculture and mining sectors.
Jordan is of great geo-political significance in the Middle East and is considered a ‘pocket of peace’ in a region that is otherwise highly unstable – both politically and economically. The Jordanian economy suffers from structural unemployment and weak labour market governance.
The USAID Jordan Local Enterprise Support Project (LENS) encourages the long-term economic growth and development potential of underserved Jordanian communities. It brings local governments, business owners, and key community groups to collaborate together on initiatives that will boost economic development and create jobs in their communities.
In Libya, business support networks for entrepreneurs in general, and for women entrepreneurs in particular, are weak. As a result, promising entrepreneurs in need of mentoring, access to finance, and improved general business acumen are failing to commercialize good ideas and to develop job-creating businesses at a time of heightened economic fragility in the country.
Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and MEDA are supporting 16,000 small scale businesses and entrepreneurs, particularly those run by women and youth, to improve their business performance and the business
environment in the agricultural sector in Bauchi state. The project will also aim to increase communities’ awareness on the issues of early and forced child marriage with 25,000 community and family members in Bauchi state.
The overall objective of Themar is to help transition Yemen to a non-oil economy through the creation of an environment conducive to private sector development and job creation, which could eventually lead to poverty reduction.