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Empowering women in small-scale fisheries for sustainable food systems

In March 2020, a regional inception workshop was held in Ghana a project of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) entitled Enhancing the contribution of small-scale fisheries to food security and sustainable livelihoods through better policies, strategies and...
2020 - Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations FAO

Women’s empowerment through collective action: How forest and farm producer organisations can make a difference

Half of the 1.5 billion people globally who rely on forest landscapes for subsistence and cash income are women. Many see the benefits of participating in various forest and farm producer organisations (FFPOs). These include both general community, smallholder farmer and indigenous people’s organisations and more specific women-only groups –...
Ghana - Kenya - Philippines
2020 - International Insitute for Environment and Development

Agroecology and Markets – Stories from the field

How wide are the agroecology ripples?
We cannot talk about food sovereignty without mentioning the role of mass markets on which the majority of people depend on their income and food. These markets have demonstrated their relevance during the COVID-19 era by strengthening rural-urban linkages. Mass markets have been the main avenue through which rural people...
Cameroon - Ethiopia - Ghana - Kenya - Lesotho - Mozambique - Nigeria - Senegal - Sudan - Uganda - Zambia
2020 - Alliance for Food Sovereignty (AFSA)

Journal article
Ghana: Small Fish, Big Solution

Access to affordable small fish is key to achieving zero hunger and improved nutrition in Ghana’s poor urban households, a new study shows. Small fish are indeed the backbone of Ghana’s animal protein supply in the poor urban neighbourhoods of Accra (such as Nima, Chorkor, Ga Mashie and James Town) and...
2020 - The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Policy brief/paper
Thriving in diversity: smallholders organising for climate resilience

With their ability to mobilise 1.5 billion smallholder producers, forest and farm producer organisations (FFPOs) can help drive a paradigm shift away from large-scale monocultural systems, which are vulnerable to climate change and highly inequitable. FFPO businesses embody greater diversity and equity, pursuing market opportunities for a diverse basket of...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Ecuador - Ghana - Guatemala - Kenya - Madagascar - Nepal - Netherlands - Togo - Viet Nam - Zambia
2019 - International Institute for Environment and Development

Technical paper
e-Agriculture Promising Practice

aWhere’s agronomic and weather based tips for smallholder farmers
aWhere delivers agricultural intelligence to farmers, farm managers, crop consultants and researchers all over the world. The company aims at making agronomic and weather data available to farmers through intermediaries such as research centers, governments, information companies, mobile network operators and non profit organizations which can integrate the data into...
Ghana - Kenya - Uganda
2018 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Agricultural transformation and food and nutrition security in Ghana: Does farm production diversity (still) matter for household dietary diversity?

Africa south of the Sahara experienced an acceleration of economic growth in recent years that was accompanied by structural changes in national economies. Some African countries, such as Ghana, managed to utilize rapid growth for poverty reduction and improving food and nutrition security. Transformation of agriculture appears to have played...
2018 - Elsevier

National gender profile of agriculture and rural livelihoods - Ghana

Country Gender Assessment Report
This Country gender profile of the agricultural and rural sectors in Ghana analyses gender-related disparities in access to: credit and financial services; technologies and innovations; extension and information services; ownership and control of land and farm enterprises; the effect of climate change on farming activities; and social protection to strengthen the...
2018 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Lessons learned on the sustainability and replicability of Integrated Food-Energy Systems in Ghana and Mozambique

Given the global relevance of Integrated Food-Energy Systems (IFES), FAO has developed the IFES Analytical Framework; which gives guidance on how to select and assess indicators of IFES sustainability. The Analytical Framework (AF) includes a set of criteria, indicators and measures to help screen IFES projects. The first part of...
Ghana - Mozambique
2018 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Smallholders data-portrait

The updated dataset on Small Family Farms across the world
The Smallholder Farmers’ Dataportrait of the ESA Small Family Farms Team is a comprehensive, systematic and standardized data set on the profile of smallholder farmers, bringing out the characteristics of family farms across the world. It is designed in such a way that differences between countries and regions can be...
Albania - Bangladesh - Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Cambodia - Ethiopia - Ghana - Guatemala - Indonesia - Kenya - Malawi - Nepal - Nicaragua - Niger - Nigeria - Panama - Tajikistan - Uganda - United Republic of Tanzania - Viet Nam
2018 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

The household- and individual-level economic impacts of cash transfer programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa

Synthesis report
This report synthesizes the analysis and findings of a set of seven country impact evaluation studies that explore the impact of cash transfer programmes on household economic decision-making, productive activities and labour allocation in sub-Saharan Africa. The seven countries are Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Results from...
Ethiopia - Ghana - Kenya - Lesotho - Malawi - Zambia - Zimbabwe
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Trip for exchange experience of Ghanians fish operators in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Trip for exchange experience of Ghanians fish operators in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Côte d'Ivoire - Ghana
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Ending poverty and hunger by investment in agriculture and rural areas

While there has been an unprecedented achievement in poverty reduction in the last three decades, eradicating extreme poverty and halving poverty by 2030 are still two of our greatest challenges. Today, about 767 million people continue to live in extreme poverty. Roughly, two thirds of the extreme poor live in...
Bangladesh - Chad - Ghana - Guatemala - Malawi - Mali - South Africa - Tajikistan - United Republic of Tanzania - Viet Nam
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Agroecology: The Bold Future of Farming in Africa

Agroecology is deeply rooted in the ecological rationale of traditional small-scale agriculture, representing long established examples of successful agricultural systems characterized by a tremendous diversity of domesticated crop and animal species maintained and enhanced by ingenuous soil, water and biodiversity management regimes, nourished by complex traditional knowledge systems. Such complex...
Burkina Faso - Ethiopia - Ghana - Kenya - Malawi - Togo - Uganda - United Republic of Tanzania - Zimbabwe
2017 - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Big roles, little powers

The reality of women in agriculture in ECOWAS region
The agricultural sector is one of the main contributors to economic growth and sustainable development in ECOWAS member countries. Women are driving forces for agricultural development, food security and nutrition in the region. They represent an important percentage of the agricultural labour force. They are the frontline nutrition care givers...
Ghana - Mali - Niger - Nigeria - Togo
2017 - Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Technical paper
Social and economic performance of tilapia farming in Africa

World tilapia aquaculture production grew 12 percent annually, from less than a half million tonnes in the early 1990s to over 5 million tonnes in the mid-2010s. Africa accounted for 20 percent of the growth. Yet most of the contribution came from Egypt, whereas in the mid-2010s countries in sub-Saharan...
Egypt - Ghana - Kenya - Nigeria - Uganda
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Fact sheet
Amélioration de l’emballage alimentaire pour les petites et moyennes entreprises agroalimentaires en Afrique subsaharienne

Cette fiche du Projet Amélioration de l'emballage alimentaire pour les petites et moyennes entreprises agroalimentaires en Afrique Subsaharienne MTF/RAF/299/IMA descriptive présente les réalisations prévues, les objectifs, les partenaires de mise en oeuvre, les résultats et impacts attendus.
Cameroon - Côte d'Ivoire - Ghana - Kenya - Nigeria - United Republic of Tanzania - Zambia
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Policy brief/paper
The economic case for the expansion of social protection programmes

Social protection is increasingly recognized as a critical strategy for poverty reduction and inclusive growth. Both, the 2030 Agenda, as well as Agenda for Humanity, stress the critical role social protection can play in the fight against poverty and exclusion, but also as a component of resilience building. However, more...
Ethiopia - Ghana - Kenya - Lesotho - Malawi - Zambia - Zimbabwe
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

The first West African meeting of local and solidarity-based agro-ecological partnerships between producers and consumers held in Kpalimé (Togo)

We are women and men, farmers, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) activists, agronomists, agro-ecologists, agro-ecology trainers, Food Sovereignty activists, Civil Society actors from 7 different countries in West Africa. We come from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Senegal and Togo. Over and above the current extraordinary social and economic...
Benin - Burkina Faso - Côte d'Ivoire - Ghana - Mali - Senegal - Togo
2017 - URGENCI

L'agriculture Ouest-Africaine et le changement climatique

Cet ouvrage qui est le premier d’une trilogie de la série changement climatique en Afrique de l’IFPRI et intitulé L’Agriculture ouest-africaine et le changement climatique: une analyse Exhaustive, examine la façon dont le changement climatique nuira à la sécurité alimentaire dans 11 des pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest, à savoir le...
Benin - Burkina Faso - Côte d'Ivoire - Ghana - Liberia - Niger - Nigeria - Senegal - Sierra Leone - Togo
2017 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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