A selection of learning documents on strengthening capacity of farmers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), modernizing facilities of nursery operators and processors, improving quality of planting materials, empowerment of women small holder farmers and promoting use of groundwater in irrigation in Ghana’s tree crop sector.
Since 2015, MEDA has partnered with the Government of Canada to improve the economic well-being of women and men farmers in tree crop industries in Ghana through the “Farmers’ Economic Advancement Through Seedlings (FEATS) project.
The project is working to benefit 100,000 women and men farmers and 35 small enterprises and their employees. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are supported with matching grants to expand their operational and technical capacities to grow quality seedlings.
At the same time, farmers are being provided with trainings and purchase discounts to acquire and plant quality seedlings – planting material with high survival rate, vigorous growth, and high yielding ability – in an environmentally sustainable manner.
The FEATS project partnered with Ghana Cocoa Board, Tree Global, 35 small enterprises, and 25 tree-sector farmer and industry associations to:
Overall, MEDA supported nearly 59,000 farmers to plant quality tree seedlings, and almost 25,000 farmers were assisted with seedling purchase discounts to buy and plant quality seedlings. In addition, over 72,000 farmers were trained in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPS), Environment, and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI), and over 5,600 farmers were supported with access to financing from financial institutions. More than $675,000 in matching grants were provided to grow the businesses of 36 women-led SMEs. Read more about the FEATS project here.