Farmers’ Economic Advancement Through Seedlings (FEATS)

2015 - December 2022

MEDA, with funding from the Government of Canada, implemented a 6 year project in the tree crop sector of Ghana.


With capital and technical expertise, the FEATS project helped 120,408 individuals and businesses leading to the creation and sustaining of 21,901 jobs. For more details see the evaluation brief.



The goal of the FEATS project was to improve the economic wellbeing of women and men farmers in strengthened tree crop industries in Ghana.


The project aimed to directly benefit 100,000 women and men farmers, and 35 small enterprises and their employees. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were supported with matching grants to expand their operational and technical capacities to grow quality seedlings, while farmers are provided with trainings and purchase discounts to acquire and plant quality seedlings in an environmentally-sustainable manner.


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 an inadequate supply of quality planting materials. The declining productivity has significant implications for Ghana’s export industry: this could leave over one million families in Ghana without a stable income.


Ghana’s tree crop farmers suffer from low yields because of older plants and low quality planting materials. Because of this, there is a strong need to reinvigorate unproductive farms 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 was underpinned by four pillars:

  1. High Performance Tree Seedlings and Quality Seedling Supply: Improving the business capacity of SMEs in  tree crop industries to produce and distribute high performance and high quality tree seedlings.
  2. Financial Capacities: Increasing the financial capacity of women and men farmers to purchase high performance tree seedlings and quality tree crop seedlings.
  3. Business Capacity: Increasing the capacity of women and men farmers and SMEs to participate in profitable environmentally sustainable tree crop businesses, including farming.
  4. Policy/Strategy Reform: Strengthening the policy/strategy capacities of the government of Ghana, its agencies, and leading private firms needed to foster commercial markets for HPTS and Quality Seedlings.


Evaluation Brief

FEATS operated within 11 regions – Ashanti, Ahafo, Bono, Bono East, Eastern, Oti, Volta, Northern, Upper East, Upper West, and Western and directly supported 108,692 small and medium-sized farmers (42.4% women). The purpose of the final evaluation is to measure the impact of the FEATS project on its clients.

Project Video

Our Cumulative Impact by FY2022​


Direct Individuals


Direct Businesses


Direct Women Clients


Direct Youth Clients


Indirect Individuals


Indirect Businesses


Decent Work


Total Budget


This program was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.


Ghana Cocoa Board, Tree Global, 35 small enterprises
and 25 tree-sector farmer and industry associations