P4P in Ghana has begun with trial purchases from two farmers’ organizations located in Ejura district, Ashanti region. The “Sekyere Odiasempa Coop Farming & Marketing Society”, with 150 female and 183 male members, received a contract over 500 mt of maize.
The smallholders are supported by UNDP and FAO, who assist them with capacity building and warehouse management. Two out of five leaders of the organization are women. Their production met WFP’s quality requirements, and the delivery to a WFP warehouse is going on with no major constraints.
A second purchase was awarded to the smallholder farmers’ organization “Amsig Resources”. This organization of 356 female and 474 male farmers also contracted to sell 500 mt of maize to WFP. A woman leads the organization. These smallholder farmers had been trained by the Millennium Challenge Corporation/Millennium Development Authority (MCC/MiDA). Amsig does not own a warehouse, but is able to rent one from the government; and it does own the necessary equipment for drying and sorting the maize. The delivery was completed successfully to WFP warehouses.
MCC and WFP have recently also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on its collaboration in Ghana. The cooperation will likely also extend to other countries, including Burkina Faso, Mozambique, and Mali. In addition to training farmers, MCC will fund the construction of post-harvest facilities where farmers can sell or store their crops. These privately-operated agribusiness centers are critical to the development of Ghana’s grain sector.
Read more about the MoU between WFP and MCC here.
The two trial purchases are a good beginning for P4P in Ghana. With the full implementation of P4P and in close cooperation with supply-side partners, who will be providing capacity building training to the smallholders, more food will be purchased by WFP Ghana for its programmes, including home-grown school feeding, and other quality-oriented buyers.