Ghana - Alliance Bioversity International - CIAT

Ghana, situated along the West African coast, has diverse cultures and landscapes, with agriculture playing a crucial role in its economy and society. With a population exceeding 30 million, Ghana's urban centers, rural communities, and natural wonders form the backdrop of its vibrant economy.  

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Ghana's Northern Region. Credit: Alliance Bioversity International and CIAT/NeilPalmer 

Aligned with national priorities, Alliance is committed to supporting Ghana's agricultural development and environmental sustainability. Collaborating with key national and international actors, we work towards promoting climate-resilient landscapes and sustainable land management practices, aiming to mitigate climate change impacts and safeguard natural resources. Our work aligns with the key national policies and frameworks, including the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) Program, the government's flagship initiative aimed at modernizing agriculture, ensuring food security, and creating employment opportunities; Ghana's NCCP, focusing on initiatives that address climate change challenges and opportunities within the agricultural sector, while fostering resilience and adaptation; Ghana Strategic Investment Framework (GSIF) for Sustainable Land Management (SLM), which aims to mainstream and scale-up sustainable land management decisions; National Climate-Smart Agriculture and Food Security Action Plan (CSAIP), which aims to promote climate-smart agricultural practices and enhance food security; Ghana's agricultural digital infrastructure roadmap strategies, and others. By aligning efforts with national priorities and frameworks, we strive to contribute meaningfully to Ghana's sustainable development agenda, ensuring a prosperous and resilient future for generations to come. 

Our Thematic Areas of Focus in Ghana

  • Food Environment & Consumer Behavior: With a mission to empower consumers and cultivate nutritious food environments, projects like ‘EC Combating Malnutrition in Africa through Diversification of the Food System (HealthyDiets4Africa)’ and ‘Enhancing Consumer Choices’ play a crucial role.    

  • Multifunctional Landscapes: From soils and water management to landscape restoration and inclusive socio-ecological systems—our work on multifunctional landscapes contributes to both reducing the pressure of agriculture on natural ecosystems, and to introducing better management practices for natural ecosystems. To this end, CGIAR initiatives Excellence in Agronomy and SI-MFS and AICCRA project are contributing to this theme in Ghana. Some of these activities involve developing an agricultural data hub, creating a cropping Calander and agroadvisory system for Northern Ghana, and validating, demonstrating, and scaling these advisories. 

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Millet at Sawla market in Ghana's Northern Region. Credit: Alliance Bioversity International and CIAT/NeilPalmer 

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A vegetable farmer with his watering cans in Ghana's Upper West Region. Credit: Alliance Bioversity International and CIAT/NeilPalmer 

Impact of our Work in Ghana

Our work in Ghana has led to significant positive impacts across various thematic areas, fostering agricultural productivity, enhancing resilience, and improving livelihoods nationwide. 

  • Food Environment & Consumer Behavior: Our initiatives empowered consumers, improving dietary choices nationwide. Notably, the ‘HealthyDiets4Africa’ project increased awareness of nutritious food options, reducing malnutrition rates. 

  • Multifunctional Landscapes: our work on multifunctional landscapes contributes to both reducing the pressure of agriculture on natural ecosystems and enhanced agricultural productivity and resilience in Ghana. For example, the ‘Excellence in Agronomy’ project led to increased yields and climate resilience. 

  • Climate Action: Our climate-resilient farming practices strengthened farming communities’ adaptive capacity in Ghana. The ‘USA-IDA-Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa - AICCRA Project’ reduced vulnerability to climate change, increasing resilience among smallholder farmers.  

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A farmer harvests her millet crop in Ghana's Upper West Region. Credit: Alliance Bioversity International and CIAT/NeilPalmer 

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Groundnuts produced in Ghana's Upper West Region. Credit: Alliance Bioversity International and CIAT/NeilPalmer 

  • Biodiversity for Food & Agriculture: Our focus on diverse crops and livestock enhanced agricultural productivity and resilience in Ghana. For example, the ‘CGIAR Fund INIT-11’ project led to increased yields and climate resilience. 

  • Digital Inclusion: Bridging the digital divide empowered farmers, enhancing productivity and resilience. For instance, the ‘Landscapes for Sustainable Cocoa Supply Chains’ project facilitated digital technology adoption, boosting efficiency among cocoa farmers. 

  • Crops for Nutrition and Health: Promoting nutrient-rich crops improved public health outcomes in Ghana. The ‘CGIAR Fund-ILRI-PLAT-01 Gender’ project reduced micronutrient deficiencies among vulnerable populations. 

Milestones

  • Increased adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices, bolstering resilience to climate change and mitigating environmental risks. 

  • Improved food security and livelihoods for smallholder farmers through sustainable agricultural interventions and market access initiatives. 

  • Enhanced capacity and knowledge sharing among stakeholders, fostering collaboration and innovation in agricultural development. 

  • Strengthened policy frameworks for biodiversity conservation and climate adaptation, ensuring sustainable management of natural resources and resilience-building measures. 

  • Empowerment of women and youth in agriculture, promoting inclusivity and socioeconomic empowerment within rural communities. 

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Maize cobs drying in Ghana's Upper West Region. Credit: Alliance Bioversity International and CIAT/NeilPalmer 

Projects and Flagship Initiatives

The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT is actively engaged in promoting sustainable agricultural development in Ghana through a variety of projects and flagship initiatives.  

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Leadership

Our office in Ghana

c/o C/O IITA, CSIR Campus, PMB LG 56, Legon
Accra, Ghana
Phone: (+251) 954986874
Contact person: Wuletawu Abera ([email protected])

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