Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Finance Charles Adu Boahen revealed that the country expects 7.2 million euros from European Union meant for poverty alleviation in some rural communities.

Speaking at a forum in Accra the minister said the amount is aimed at helping Ghanaian farmers in rural areas improve their lives by 2024.

“This particular programme is targeting rural communities in the Volta, Savannah, Northern as well as the costal. With this programme, four CSOs are been supported with a total amount of 7.2 million euros to implement the programme through direct management with the EU. The target result areas are development of technology, economic activities and sector policies coherent to principles of sustainable agriculture and decent work and these are fostered in 20 district assemblies of the savannah ecosystem of Ghana, the access to quality delivering relating to social protection, employment as well as decent work opportunities in the field of sustainable agriculture and green economy,” said Adu.

At the same forum the Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to Ghana, Her Excellency Ms Diana Acconcia advised that Ghana’s agriculture and fisheries sector have great potential of lifting rural communities out of poverty.

According to her, EU’s support for the agriculture sector is to help create jobs for the youth and also create sustainable businesses.

She said the program will help to improve the quality of life in the communities.

“Ghana’s agriculture and fisheries sector have great opportunities to lift rural communities out of poverty, this can be done in a way that prevents climate change and protects the environment.”

She stated that the program falls under two main objectives of the EU’s cooperation with Ghana.

“This programme falls into two main objectives of the EU cooperation with Ghana; Job creation especially for young people and a transition to a greener development module. This project will promote sustainable businesses, circular economy and improve the quality of life of the communities and we hope it will also contribute to the identification,” she concluded.