AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY
Agriculture is an important contributor to Ghana’s export earnings, and a major source of inputs for the manufacturing sector. It is also a major source of income for a majority of the rural population, but we have seen a recent reduction in growth in agriculture, which needs to be reversed through appropriate policies and increased investments. /p>
At RSN, we see Agriculture, particularly Cocoa farming as an Engine of Growth, Jobs Creation and Food Security (crop farming) for the country at large. RSN examines the agricultural sector’s potential to be one of the leading sectors for a more diversified economy and how the sector could be transformed to be an engine of growth and job creation which will ensure food security. Our programs are aimed at the use of less complex and cost effective technology and investment in irrigation infrastructures to increase productivity and mitigate the potential adverse effects of climate change on rural farmers.
The Rural cocoa program aims to mainstream biodiversity conservation into the cocoa production landscape in the forest zones of Ghana. To achieve this purpose, the program seeks to address barriers to wide-scale sustainable cocoa production at three levels-the market level, the national level, and the local level. At the market level, it works with cocoa traders to support farmer’s efforts to adopt sustainable practices and increase their understanding of the relationship between best management practices and productivity. At the national level, it promotes certification models that provide incentives for biodiversity-conserving and productive agroforestry farm systems. At the local level, it collaborates with and support farmers to adopt best practices that enhance the ecological integrity of farms and connect forest fragment in the landscape while at the same time improving farm productivity.