The project acronym “FEATS” stands for “Farmers’ Economic Advancement Through Seedlings.
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 is underpinned by four pillars: