The first annual Southern Ghana Agribusiness Pre-Harvest Event, hosted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ghana Grains Council, was held Thursday to discuss agricultural issues in the region.
“At USAID, we believe that agriculture remains the best means of alleviating poverty and hunger in Ghana," USAID Economic Growth Office Deputy Director Brian Conklin said. "Through President [Barack] Obama’s initiative on global hunger and food security called 'Feed the Future,' we work to make farming in Ghana more productive and profitable. This pre-harvest event is critical to these goals because it brings so many key players from the south’s agriculture sector together to learn from each other and form partnerships.”
The event was attended by a wide variety of people with interests in the agricultural business in Ghana, including farmers, agro input dealers, processors, lending institutions and agribusinesses.
Some of the topics covered at the event, which is based on a similar event USAID holds in northern Ghana, included the maize marketplace, agricultural lending and farmer-buyer collaboration.
Feed the Future, part of USAID’s Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement (ADVANCE) project, presented the event. The goal of Feed the Future is to eliminate hunger, poverty and undernutrition around the world.