Agriculture USAID pledges support for Akufo-Addo’s ‘planting for food and jobs’ programme

Through its Feed-The-Future Initiative, the USAID will support the country’s agricultural sector from 2019 with US$225 million from the US government for the next five years.

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President Nana Akufo-Addo’s ‘planting for food and jobs’ programme has received a major boost as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) pledges to support.

Through its Feed-The-Future Initiative, the USAID will support the country’s agricultural sector from 2019 with US$225 million from the US government for the next five years.

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The announcement to support Ghana’s agriculture sector was made by Andy Karas, the USAID Ghana Mission Director, at a two-day Feed the Future Implementing Partner’s Meeting held in Accra on the theme: “Sustaining the Momentum to Finish Strongly.”

The Feed-The-Future Initiative was started in Ghana in 2013 and it predominantly covers the three northern regions.

It is a US government programme aimed at combating global hunger and promoting food security.

Mr Karas said the Feed-The-Future Initiative has double the production of staples, improved income of farmers and reduced poverty by 16 percent over the last four years.

“Since Feed the Future started in 2013, our progress has been very encouraging. In the Northern Region, we have made significant progress with poverty and nutrition goals,” he said.

“Vulnerable families are accessing economic opportunities to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. I cannot overstate that these achievements would not have been possible without everyone here today.”

He further said US government was committed to extending the Feed-the-Future Initiative in Ghana when it ends next year, adding that Ghana stand the chance of attracting more funding for agriculture.

“USAID is committed to working with the Ghana government and our Feed the Future partners to accelerate agricultural growth and improve the nutritional status of women and children,” he added.

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In addition, he said the USAID is building seed and fertilizer industries through the Feed-the-Future Initiative.

“We are also through the Feed-The-Future programme helping to build a vibrant seed and fertilizer industries. Through the project, three seed laboratories had been constructed in the SADA Zones,” he said.