Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have called on government and all political parties to help empower the local seed industry by providing an enabling environment and logistical support to ensure that Ghana is seed sufficient. The CSOs believe that government and political parties can, through their manifestos and policies, safeguard input...
The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the potential vulnerability of the world’s food supply chains. This is galvanising governments in emerging economies to boost domestic production through new agricultural inputs and investment in agri-tech and logistics networks. The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that 265m people globally could face acute food insecurity by...
The socio-economic throes of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to bite hard with no end in sight yet. As it has been opined widely by economic experts, life must continue nonetheless to prevent businesses from withering away. For an important sector like agriculture, this position is even more crucial and must be...
The implementation of government’s flagship ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ (PFJ) has increased jobs creation by over 2.28 million in the agricultural value chain, between 2017 and 2019, Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has said. According to him, available data collated on the PFJ, based on “empirical estimation” from the...
To promote industrialisation and support job creation efforts by the private sector, especially in this period where the coronavirus pandemic has wiped many jobs away, government has granted tax exemptions to companies under its flagship programme One District One Factory (1D1F) as a way of incentivising them, Finance Minister...
Ghana is set to commence payment of the new US$400 cocoa Living Income Differential tariff in October when the 2020/2021 crop season begins. The LID tariff agreed in 2019 between the governments of Ghana and Ivory Coast and international cocoa traders and manufacturers is a measure hoped to help alleviate...
The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta has said, so far, 76 factories under the government’s flagship industrialization programme dubbed the ‘One District, One Factory (1D1F)’ initiative, has been completed and currently in operation across the country. Additionally, he said 232 other projects are on course and are at various stages...
Entrepreneurs are born in many ways. Some say they got their business ideas in a dream. Others say they got it from observing a problem; and others say through their upbringing they developed entrepreneurial instincts. This week in B&FT’s Inspiring Startups, we talk to a young man whose interest...
The global population is projected to increase to 9.8billion by 2050 –approximately, a 30 percent increase from the current 7.6billion. Numerous research articles posit that to meet the demands of the growing population, global agricultural production will have to increase by 70 percent - which is enormous if you...
The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG), SEND Ghana, the International Budget Partnership (IBP), the Voice for Change Partnership Program, GROW partners and like-minded CSOs are proposing the reliance of agriculture as the tool for reviving Ghana’s economy after COVID-19. Since the onset of the COVID-19, Ghana has not only...