Ghana

Overview

Resource-rich Ghana ranks among the United States' top trading partners in sub-Saharan Africa, and boasts one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Yet more than half of its population still struggles to survive on subsistence farming, and unemployment remains high.

TechnoServe is addressing these challenges by helping smallholder farmers improve the quality and quantity of their crops, linking them to more lucrative markets and training them in business skills. TechnoServe also helps businesses in key industries become more efficient and competitive, in turn increasing local employment and contributing to diversified economic growth. Through a national business plan competition, we mentor aspiring entrepreneurs across a range of sectors, helping them develop and finance their business ideas.

Impact

For more than 40 years, TechnoServe has worked to support farms, businesses and industries in Ghana through an evolving array of programs and strategies. In 2011, TechnoServe helped Ghanaian businesses generate nearly $74 million in sales and $29 million in profits. These businesses purchased agricultural products from 43,000 farmers and employed 38,000 people, demonstrating the powerful impact of enterprise development.

Stories

Cocoa Farmers Band Together For Profits

Members of the Muoho cooperative in western Ghana are increasing their cocoa yields and their incomes after working with TechnoServe in the WCF Cocoa Livelihoods Program.

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A Business Community Chips In

A wide range of partners come together to make Africa's first Believe Begin Become business plan competition a success.

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New Business Gets Off to a Fresh Start

Isaac Bohulu has high hopes for his blossoming pharmaceutical business, a past winner of Ghana’s business plan competition that promises to benefit the region’s economy as it continues to grow.

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On The Ground

Projects

 

Sparking New Enterprise

TechnoServe helps aspiring entrepreneurs turn their ideas into sustainable businesses through Believe Begin Become (BBB), a national business plan competition. BBB winners receive business training and seed capital to help them create thriving new enterprises that generate much needed jobs in various sectors. Participating entrepreneurs receive help fine-tuning their business plans and gain access to a wide network of business professionals, investors and service providers.

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Growing the Cashew Industry

TechnoServe is an implementing partner in the African Cashew Initiative, which works to improve the volume and value of cashews produced and processed in Africa. TechnoServe’s role focuses on assisting cashew processing facilities, which create much-needed employment for women in rural areas. In Ghana, TechnoServe has provided four cashew processors with intensive technical assistance, helping create more than 1,000 jobs and purchasing from nearly 6,000 cashew farmers in 2012.

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Raising Women’s Incomes through Shea Butter

TechnoServe is helping 3,000 rural women in northern Ghana maximize their income potential through shea butter. The organization has helped women’s shea-producing and -processing groups upgrade their business skills, acquire financing, find new market opportunities and develop a culture of savings and investment. In 2012, TechnoServe worked with more than 1,000 women, who increased their income through shea butter nearly fivefold within a year.

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Making Cocoa More Profitable

Ghana is one of the world's top producers of cocoa, a highly-demanded export crop grown by an estimated 700,000 farmers. TechnoServe trains cocoa farmer groups to operate as businesses and optimize their productivity so that the farmers can triple their incomes. Trainings on best farming practices have helped some producers quadruple their yields.

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Supporting Enterprise Development in Mining Communities

TechnoServe has developed projects for several mining companies to catalyze economic development in the communities where they operate. For example, one International Finance Corporation-supported program worked to build the capacity of 62 local businesses to supply goods and services to mining operations, ultimately tripling the businesses’ sales to $13 million collectively. Other programs have provided business training to enterprises unrelated to the mining industry to encourage a diversified local economy.

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Enhancing Food and Income Security

TechnoServe is helping farmers in marginalized areas of northern Ghana to earn more for their crops while ensuring a better food supply for the region. TechnoServe is training thousands of farmers to better grow peanuts, onions, corn and other staple crops, while also helping them access credit and markets. We are also helping several rice businesses to boost productivity and introduce value-added processing in order to meet local market demands and reduce dependence on imported rice.

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Food for Business

Ghana's horticulture sector is rapidly expanding, thanks to a national push to promote non-traditional farm exports. TechnoServe is helping entrepreneurs build businesses that capitalize on these opportunities, for example selling high-value exports such as pineapple, papaya and mango. Entrepreneurs learn to improve their operations and manage their businesses more competitively, in turn increasing incomes and creating jobs. TechnoServe also helps farmer groups to produce and market crops for the nation’s growing urban market.

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Blog Posts

October 30, 2014

Photo of the Week: Behind the Chocolate

Most of the world's cocoa comes from West Africa, grown on small family farms by people like Ama Nyame.

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October 25, 2013

Photo of the Week: Improving Women’s Livelihoods in Ghana

TechnoServe has helped 4,000 rural women to earn higher incomes by collecting and processing shea nuts.

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April 12, 2013

Photo of the Week: Prosperity from Maize in Ghana

A maize program is helping 24,000 smallholder farmers boost their incomes.

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Contact

TechnoServe Ghana

77 Osu Badu Street, West Airport
P.O. Box 135
Accra, Ghana

Tel: +233 302 773 873
Fax: +223 302 773 875

Peggy Bampoe

pbampoe@technoserve.org

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