Country

Ghana

Gold, cocoa and more recently oil form the cornerstone of Ghana's economy and have helped fuel an economic boom. Ghana produces high quality cocoa and is one of the largest producers of cocoa globally. Until recently Ghana was hailed as a model for African growth but since 2013, its economy has endured a growing public deficit, high inflation and a weakening currency, resulting in it seeking an IMF bailout.

Regional Office West Africa

  • Office Bamako, Mali

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  • 26 million people
  • 61 years life expectancy

General Information

Ghana is located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, in the subregion of West Africa. Spanning a landmass of 238,535 km2, Ghana is bordered by the Ivory Coast in the west, Burkina Faso in the north, Togo in the east and the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean in the south.

Ghana is considered one of the more stable countries in West Africa since its transition to multi-party democracy in 1992. Ghana's growing economic prosperity and democratic political system has made it a regional power in West Africa.

Gold, cocoa and more recently oil form the cornerstone of Ghana's economy and have helped fuel an economic boom. Ghana produces high quality cocoa and is one of the largest producers of cocoa globally.

Until recently Ghana was hailed as a model for African growth but since 2013, its economy has endured a growing public deficit, high inflation and a weakening currency, resulting in it seeking an IMF bailout.

Ghana’s population is approximately 26 million and is growing at an annual rate of 2,1%. Life expectancy is 61 years. The infant mortality rate in the country is recorded at approximately 51 deaths per 1000 live births.

Ghana ranks 136 out of a total 187 countries in the UN Human Development Index, indicating one of the world’s lowest levels of economic and social development.

Themes in Ghana

Economic Empowerment/Food Security and Sustainable Consumption

In Ghana, ICCO supports smallholder farmers in rural areas by linking them to markets and financial services. ICCO has a track record in the vegetables and shea value chain. In northern Ghana for example, ICCO supports female shea producers in making them ready for new markets by training them to ad value to their raw products.

In addition, in the Volta region ICCO has a track record in sustainably improving farmers’ incomes as well as their food security status. In a Public Private Partnership program, ICCO introduced new agricultural techniques to the farmers, such as the management of greenhouses and new irrigation techniques such as the center pivot system. This allows the farmers to continue agricultural activities all-year round.

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Expertise in Ghana

Public Private Partnership: the model ICCO uses to work with the private sector consists of organizing farmers into cooperatives, providing them with entrepreneurial skills and agronomic skills training; linking farmers to the markets and facilitate access to financial products.

Other expertise areas include: Value Chain Development and Linking Farmers to Financial Products.

Our projects in Ghana

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