Ghana’s flagship agriculture intervention program is named Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ). At the African Green Revolution Forum 2022 Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, it has received acclaim as key strategy to improving food security and sustaining the incomes of smallholder farmers developing economies.
The PFJ, specifically its crop module, has reportedly increased maize and rice production levels, these ending up 40 per cent higher than it would have been in the absence of the program, resulting in significant increase in food and calories by smallholder farmers across Ghana.
Dr Akoto enumerated some challenges for agricultural productivity, notably the struggles for credit smallholder farmers to boost their output: “We need to enhance our agro-processing capacity within Ghana, to ensure that our people are reaping the value-add opportunities of the crops we are growing, and to empower power private sector and investment by enhancing the opportunities for agricultural actors to receive credit and investment.”
The PFJ, crop module was launched in 2017 to modernise agriculture sector, improve food security, create employment opportunities and reduce poverty with emphasis on maize, rice, soybean, vegetables and shorgum.