Farmers Support Activity (FSA): WFP launched its FSA thanks to USAID support. This project aims to strengthen the resilience of 17,000 smallholder farmers in Upper East, Upper West, Northeast and Northern regions of northern Ghana. Through this project, WFP also intends to preserve the agricultural productivity of smallholder farmers and prevent them from resorting to negative coping mechanisms that may compromise household food security. The selected productive farmers in USAID’s Zones of Influence districts with at least one acre of landholding, will receive a total cash transfer of US$ 315 equivalents to 3,465 Ghanaian cedis (GHC) via mobile money between June and August. In addition, WFP will also enhance awareness and capacity of smallholder farmers on good agronomic practices. As of 30 June, WFP had transferred US$ 3.1 million (GHC 34.1 million) to 16,125 farmers to meet their immediate agricultural needs.
Nutrition Livelihood Intervention: With support from WFP, the Savanna Women Integrated Development Agency distributed 3,000 boxes of liquid organic fertiliser to village savings and loan associations’ beneficiaries to cultivate about 2,065 acres of land during the farming season (March-August) to enhance their yield. Crops cultivated included maize, rice, soya beans, groundnuts, and vegetables. Some 180,000 vines of orange flesh sweet potato (OFSP) were also distributed to 1,500 village savings and loan associations’ members for cultivation and 12 OFSP vine production centres were established to sustainably enhance their household vitamin A intake.
School-meal Programme: The WFP Rockefeller Foundation project dubbed “Catalysing Good Food through School Feeding Programme” is being piloted across 12 selected schools in Ghana. After a nationwide landscape analysis of the rice value chain, a dissemination workshop was organised in June which drew participants from the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP), the Savana Agricultural Research Institution of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-SARI), the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Ministry of Health, the Academia, and rice processors, among others.