Farmers’ Economic Advancement Through Seedlings
2015 - 2021
MEDA, with funding from the Government of Canada, is implementing a 6 year project in the tree crop sector of Ghana.
Ghana’s workforce and economy are heavily dependent on agriculture. Over 1.6 million families are engaged in the cultivation of tree crops. However, tree crop production has seen a significant decline due to diminishing yields of aging trees and inadequate supply of quality planting materials. The declining productivity has significant implications for Ghana’s export industry and could leave over one million families in Ghana without a stable income.
Ghana’s tree crop farmers suffer from low yields owing primarily to aged plants and low quality planting materials. For instance, despite having almost the same land area under cultivation, Ghana’s tree crop farmers are producing almost half the quantity of cocoa and cashew produced by their counterparts in Cote D’Ivoire. Therefore, the need to reinvigorate unproductive farms is great and requires a strong quality seedling supply chain that produces affordable and accessible seedlings for farmers. However, with low capital, substandard infrastructure and inefficient business operations, nursery SMEs are unable to produce quality seedlings and in the right quantities to meet farmer demands.
The FEATS project is underpinned by four pillars:
- High Performance Tree Seedlings and Quality Seedling Supply: Improving business capacity of SMEs in the tree crop industries to produce and distribute high performance tree seedlings and other quality seedlings
- Financial Capacities: Increasing financial capacity of women and men farmers to purchase high performance tree seedlings and quality tree crop seedlings.
- Business Capacity: Increasing capacity of women and men farmers and SMEs to participate in profitable environmentally sustainable tree crop businesses, including farming.
- Policy/Strategy Reform: Strengthening policy/strategy capacities of the government of Ghana, its agencies and leading private firms needed to foster commercial markets for HPTS and Quality Seedlings.