ACCRA, (Xinhua) --
Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on
Wednesday launched a national agricultural program aimed at ensuring
food security and creation of 750,000 jobs in both direct and
Dubbed “Planting for Food and Jobs”, the campaign, which will be
anchored on the pillars that will transform agriculture, the
provision of improved seeds and supply of fertilizers, plans to use
modern methods to change the lives of many within the shortest
President Akufo-Addo noted that if Ghana was to make any meaningful
change in the lives of the people, efforts must be directed at
agriculture, as the majority of the citizens could only feel a
change in their lives when agriculture was developed.
“Ghana has the unique potential to feed its growing population, meet
the raw material requirements of our processing industries, achieve
food security, and compete successfully as a leading supplier to
countries around us and beyond,” he told the gathering at Goaso,
some 377 km north of the national capital, Accra.
He said his government’s vision would be to modernize agriculture,
improve production efficiency, achieve food security, and
profitability for farmers, all aimed at significantly increasing
Additionally, a value-addition strategy aimed at rapidly ramping up
agro-processing and developing new and stable markets for products
will be pursued.
Akufo-Addo said the use of technology in the Planting for Food and
Jobs program would ensure the effective distribution of improved
seeds and fertilizers, as well as a significant improvement in
extension service delivery to farmers.
He said the government intended to construct a 1,000 metric tons
capacity warehouse in each of the 216 districts to handle produce as
well as to store the anticipated surpluses under the planting for
food and jobs campaign.
The Canadian government is supporting the initiative with 125
million Canadian dollars over a five-year period while the World
Bank has also pledged support of 50 million U.S. dollars for this