Strengthened integration of agricultural systems necessary to improve food security – AGRA boss
AGRA Ghana Country Director Juliette Lampoh-Agroh calls for better integration of agricultural systems in Ghana if food security can be improved.
Speaking at a side event at the University of Ghana to mark National Farmers Day, she said, “We need to better integrate our six basic farming systems: seeds; fertilizers; extensions; entry systems; inclusive finance; and exit markets.
“The interplay between these systems will allow key players and service providers to work together to deliver value to smallholder farmers; the engine of our food systems, ”she said.
“More will be achieved through investments in technologies that help improve agricultural productivity, strengthen value chain integration, expand access to local and international markets, and build resilience at the level of systems and farmers ”, added Mrs. Lampoh-Agroh.
The event organized by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the West African Center for Crop Improvement (WACCI) had as its theme; “Building integrated and resilient food systems in Ghana. “
She said farming systems need to be strengthened so that they work for small farmers, especially young people and women.
“This integrated systems approach will help to develop and maintain inclusive agricultural transformation activities through increased investments from the public and private sectors, as well as improved policies,” said the head of AGRA.
She further said that downstream delivery systems need to be built for smallholder farmers and support needs to be provided to the local private sector so that they can make life-saving technologies and services available to farmers.
“On our side, AGRA, we remain committed to helping Ghana strengthen its food systems. And we are happy to maintain the momentum already created, ”added Mrs. Lampoh-Agroh.
She said the Plant for Food and Jobs (PFJ) program is a laudable initiative of the government of Ghana and that AGRA is confident that it will continue to improve the country’s food security.