Ghana

Ghana
Ghana

Official Name: Republic of Ghana
Capital: Accra
Independence Day: 6 March 1957
Currency: Ghanaian Cedi (GHC)

Key Results

  • 6,700 women were reached through the NEPAD-Spanish Fund for the Empowerment of African Women through the disbursements of grants. The REPAO (Le Réseau sur les Politiques de Pêche en Afrique de l’Ouest) project, for instance, strengthened the organisational, technical and financial capacity of women working in the fisheries industry in West Africa. To this end, the project assisted the women in meeting the challenges of marketing quality products, obtaining access to international markets and improving sustainable livelihoods in fishing communities.
  • The Council of Technical Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), as the responsible national body in Ghana, is championing Agriculture Technical Vocational Education and Training (ATVET). As a result, ATVET has been incorporated into the Ghana National Medium-term Agriculture Sector Investment Plan (METASIP II) as part of CAADP processes and structures.
  • Following a training needs assessment, important skills required in the value chains of pineapple and citrus production were identified and incorporated into a new curricula. This was done in close cooperation with public and private stakeholders. Curricula have been designed to equip trainees to venture into agriculture as a business and to encourage them to become involved in agricultural enterprises along the value chains, aligned with Ghana’s National Qualification Framework (NQF). As a result a TVET NQF has been developed with the aim of obtaining accreditation for ATVET at selected institutions.
  • Ghana also benefitted from setting-up of a functioning biosafety system for field testing of genetically engineered rice, cowpea, cotton and sweet potato. Networking among African regulators and policy makers has shown the benefits of cross-country experience sharing. As a result, Ghana was able to move straight to multi-location testing of cotton by using data portability from Burkina Faso. In turn, Ghana’s experience with multi-location testing is being shared with other countries through various consultations.
  • The African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS) based in Ghana has produced 106 graduates.
  • Ghana has two designated Regional Centres of Regulatory Excellence (RCOREs) specialising in Pharmacovigilance and medicines registration and evaluation and clinical trials oversight. RCOREs are institutions with specific academic and technical regulatory science expertise and training capabilities capable of producing regulatory workforce in Africa.
  • The continent has a target of committing 100 Million hectares of land for restoration through the application of the restoration opportunities assessment methodology. To-date, Ghana has committed 2 million ha.
  • Ghana signed the CAADP Compact in 2009 committing to prioritise agricultural transformation and development. Technical experts were deployed to Ghana from 4 - 9 June 2010 to undertake independent technical reviews by the NEPAD Agency. Ghana is now in advanced stages of implementing its National Agriculture Investment Plan (NAIP).
  • The country received financial support through the Sahel and West Africa Program (SAWAP) to the tune of USD13.25 million for enhancing sustainable land and water management.
  • The cost of hunger in Ghana was estimated at USD2.6 billion, with the aim to catalyse coordinated action and inform the design of nutrition-oriented policy frameworks and programmes, with greater investments to eradicate child under-nutrition on the continent.