The neighbouring countries, include Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and Togo.

The country exports maize, yam, cowpea and cassava to these countries.

The last time Ghana engaged in such exports of agricultural produce apart from cocoa, to other countries was as far back as 2007. 

The declining fortunes of the agricultural sector between 2009-2016 saw a reversal of this development, compelling the country to import tons of these same food items from our neighbouring countries into the country.

Nonetheless, the rollout of the government’s flagship Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme has seen tremendous improvement in the sector.

The country currently is exporting excess produce to neighbouring countries in the West African subregion.

According to reports, the figures collated from 15 districts in four regions (Ashanti, Eastern, Volta and Western Regions) suggests that about 2,415 and 107,136, tons of yellow and white maize respectively, had been exported to Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso in 2018.

This improvement has triggered the country as it has projected to invest more in the production of rice so that the country can reduce the excess importation it. 

The country further looks forward to exporting the local rice just as it has been able to import maize, cassava and other food items in other countries.

Ghana spent about $3 billion on the importation of rice only within the last three years.