The 4R-NSP will contribute to improve farm productivity and profitability of 30,000 smallholder farmers and their families in four districts in the Northern region/Eastern corridor of Ghana which falls under the rural Savannah zone where it has been established that most of the population are into agriculture.
Smallholder farmers working through their own co-operatives will grow more, nutritious, and marketable crops, benefiting from better agricultural practices, especially fertilizer usage following 4R Nutrient Stewardship, a science-based fertilizer management program supported by Canada’s fertilizer industry. Co-operatives, governments and fertilizer suppliers will provide extension services that incorporate 4R Nutrient Stewardship.
By the end of the project, it is anticipated that women and men smallholder farmers, co-operatives and other smallholder farmer owned enterprises will increase the productivity and profitability of targeted cash and food crops, supported by a policy and extension environment. The public and private agriculture extension agents will have the knowledge and tools required to demonstrate and promote the 4R principles.
where we work in ghana
After a careful analysis in view of 4R principles and intensive consultation with regional Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), it was decided that the project focuses on four districts: Kpandia, East Gonja, Nanumba South and Naumba North.
Why these 4 districts:
- Demonstrated capacity to produce variety of crops including legumes (soybean, cow pea, groundnuts), cereals (maize, sorghum, millet), roots and tuber (yam, cassava) etc. due to its climatic conditions.
- 4R Solution can capitalize on the results achieved on other projects e.g stakeholder relationship, co-operatives, infrastructure
- All 4 districts are clustered on one zone; this will allow effective and efficient mobilization, value chain development, monitoring and supervision of project intervention
- It is worth noting that almost all the crops grown in these districts are part of the crops strategically selected to be promoted under the Ghana government’s coordinated program of economic and social development policies 2017-2024
4R SOlution Reach in Ghana over 5 Years
In Ghana, the project is targeting 30,000 small holder farmers across the four districts. The direct beneficiaries of the Project will come from 130 co-operatives across 130 communities in the implementation districts. The indirect beneficiaries include neighboring farmers from non-beneficiaries’ communities who share boundaries with direct beneficiary communities. These indirect beneficiaries may learn and implement the 4R principles through, learning from direct beneficiaries by interaction, and adopting what their neighboring farmers are practicing. The intermediaries will include Government agencies, research institutions, financial institutions, input suppliers, other value chain actors and local and international NGOs, who will be benefiting from the project while contributing towards the achievement of project’s ultimate outcome.