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Food Security Through Cooperatives in Northern Ghana (FOSTERING)

The Food Security Through Co-operatives in Northern Ghana (FOSTERING) Project is being implemented under the Livelihood Security Programme.

The objective of the project is to increase sustainable, gender equitable food security for over 42,000 women and men in eight districts in the Eastern Corridor of Northern Ghana.

The project tackles directly four key areas of improving food security and sustainable economic growth for small-holder farmers: improving production; better marketing of products; expansion of household activities into off-season businesses; and access to finance.
The CAD$ 8,032,149.00 project which is being funded by Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) Canada and Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) will cover 130 communities in eight (8) districts in the Northern region.

The districts include are East Gonja, Kpandai, Nanumba South, Nanumba North, Krachi-Nchumuru, Zabzugu, Tatale-Sangule and Chereponi.

The eight (8) districts have a population of approximately 844,373 based on the 2010 census with over 70% of the inhabitants being food crop farmers, the most vulnerable to food insecurity. 
Households of food crop farmers and agro-pastoralists in these areas are the most vulnerable to food insecurity and have household incomes below Ghana’s poverty threshold. Almost three-quarters of food crop farmer households (72%) cultivate land less than two hectares in size with nearly all of them (98%) entirely reliant on rainwater for cultivation.

These areas are also prone to adverse weather conditions, such as floods and droughts, as well as local conflict thereby increasing their levels of vulnerability.

To ensure sustainability of project outcomes, gender sensitive and climate resilient agricultural strategies have been built into the project where farmers and community members’ adaptive capacity would be strengthened in order to reduce their level of vulnerability.

The project is expected to increase sustainable, gender equitable food security for over 42,000 women and men in 5,400 households within 116 communities in 8 districts. With the inclusion of family members, the project will reach over 331,800 individuals.

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