On June 2nd, 2021, GIZ and Green Gold Farms signed a new integrated development partnership under the Water and Energy for Food (WE4F) initiative, for the West Africa Regional Innovation Hub.
Despite excellent production conditions, Ghana imports most of its food, making the country dependent on other nations , threatening its food security stability, and reducing job creation. In addition, imported food is not always of the highest quality, which presents some public health problems that impact the Ghanaian population, perpetuating cycles of poverty in the country through long-term human and socio-economic damage. With a growing population and need for food, food independence has become a major issue in Ghana.
Founded in 2018, Green Gold Farms (GGF) is a local Ghanaian private innovator that aims to end the import of key staple food like maize, vegetables, soybeans, and poultry products. GGF intends to take advantage of Ghana’s central geographical location in the West African sub-region, as well as the country’s good arable land and excellent climatic conditions to make Ghana a food basket in the region. GGF has extensive research and development experience in this area, as well as in-depth knowledge of the country’s land tenure system, its global networks for attracting foreign investment, and how to implement best practices.
GGF has already implemented regenerative agricultural practices like conservation tillage, crop rotation, managed grazing, and the elimination of mineral fertilisers. These practices increase the soil’s nutrient content, which in turn increases the productivity of the land. The practices also increase organic matter in the soil, allowing for better water retention and reduced energy intensity.
A promising partnership that will bear fruit
There is room for improvement, however, when it comes to producing more food with fewer resources in Northern Ghana. Through the new partnership, the West Africa Regional Innovation Hub will help GGF build capacity and provide additional financial support to help offset some of its operational costs by integrating climate-smart and regenerative agricultural practices. The project, based on a pilot field of 150 acres of soybeans and maize, aims to:
- build capacity and disseminate knowledge on climate-smart and regenerative agricultural practices;
- develop a sustainable business model for regenerative agriculture practices;
- and create more sustainable jobs.
In order to achieve these objectives, the partnership will focus on increasing energy and water efficiency, building capacity and sharing best practices, developing a scalable, sustainable, and climate-friendly business model, and creating new employment opportunities to boost employment and empower women.
Expected results for this project include the perfection of regenerative agriculture practices to save as much energy and water as possible, the sale of verified carbon credits to harness the benefits of international carbon markets, the creation of an additional cash flow for the implementing company and farmers, and the establishment of a Regenerative Agriculture Centre of Excellence to disseminate knowledge and share best practices with other farmers.
“Green Gold Farms shares WE4F’s view that current approaches to agricultural production have been detrimental to the environment and are unsustainable. There ought to be a better way. We want to become the catalyst through which the region leapfrogs the world in climate smart and sustainable agricultural practices that are more profitable in the long run, make our farms more resilient, all the while stabilizing the environment. With GIZ, we have found a perfect partner to accompany us along our journey.”
George Boakye Sarpong, CEO Green Gold Farms
For any further questions on the partnership, please contact Luca Ferrini, Hub Manager of the West Africa Regional Innovation Hub: email@example.com