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  • Yara´s Africa engagement
  • Growth in Ghana

    Growth in Ghana

    Agriculture is still the backbone of Ghanaian economy and society.

    While gold and oil support its growth, Ghana still relies on agriculture for jobs, income and development. Ghanaian agriculture is a success story, with persistent growth, and Yara is the main supplier of crop nutrition to the country.

  • Economic success

    Economic success

    Ghana has become an African economic success story in recent years.

    Recording considerable growth over the past two–three decades, by 2012 Ghana had moved into the low middle-income group of countries. In order to take the next step and become a middle-income country, Ghana has to accelerate agricultural growth.

  • Agricultural success

    Agricultural success

    Ghana has recorded consistent agricultural growth in recent years.

    With annual agriculture growth rates of about 5–6%, Ghana ranks as one of Africa’s best performers. Agriculture still employs about 60% of the labor force, and it is mostly dominated by smallholder farmers.

  • Agricultural products

    Agricultural products

    Ghana is largely self-sufficient in food, and exports cash crops.

    For decades Ghana has ranked among the world’s leading exporters of cocoa, and it has diversified into horticulture. Maize is the main staple cereal crop, followed by rice. With good harvests, Ghana is practically self-sufficient in maize, but must import some rice.

  • Agricultural productivity

    Agricultural productivity

    Ghana has increased production, but productivity lags behind.

    Agricultural growth is the result of expansion of farmed land and increased commodity prices. To sustain the growth agricultural productivity has to increase, e.g. by improving farming techniques, including optimal application of quality fertilizers.

  • Agricultural strategy

    Agricultural strategy

    Ghana’s strategy includes improved productivity through value chains.

    The Government of Ghana advocates public-private partnerships and value chains to improve productivity and increase output. International development banks, research agencies as well as private sector actors, including Yara, support the strategy.

  • Yara in Ghana

    Yara in Ghana

    Yara is the main supplier of mineral fertilizers to Ghana’s farmers.

    Established in Ghana since 2007 and with fertilizers sales beginning 25 years earlier, Yara is a prominent partner in developing Ghanaian agriculture. Yara supplies fertilizers for most crops and is a founding partner in the Ghana Grains Partnership (GGP) value chain.

  • Yara and cash crops

    Yara and cash crops

    Yara supplies crop nutrition to support Ghanaian agriculture exports.

    Cocoa is the main cash crop in Ghana, representing a major market for Yara’s fertilizer deliveries to the country. With only 20% of the cocoa acreage fertilized, productivity and profitability can be substantially improved, e.g. using Yara’s fertilizer Asaase Wura, tailored for cocoa.

  • Yara and staple crops

    Yara and staple crops

    Yara supplies mineral fertilizer supporting Ghanaian food security.

    Maize and rice rank among the major cereal crops in Ghanaian society, and production has increased with the use of mineral fertilizers. Yara has engaged in a value chain for maize, with triple yields for 8000+ farmers. Yara aims to replicate these efforts to boost rice productivity.

  • Yara fertilizer blender

    Yara fertilizer blender

    Yara operates a bulk blender facility and warehouse in Tema.

    Yara has established itself in Tema, with a warehouse with a capacity of two million bags, and a bulk blender and bagging facility. From Tema fertilizers are dispersed through major distributors and smaller retailers in the country – and region.

  • Yara Crop Clinic

    Yara Crop Clinic

    Yara offers its crop knowledge to farmers through Crop Clinics.

    As illiteracy is widespread in rural Ghana, Yara shares its knowledge and educates farmers through Crop Clinics. These field-based face-to-face consultations allow farmers to discuss strategies for increased farm productivity and efficiency for several crops.

  • Yara Creating Impact

    Creating Impact

    Yara cooperates closely with authorities and farmers, increasing yields.

    Yara is a recognized partner in developing Ghana’s agriculture and economy. The company’s business is aligned with national development strategies and Yara is also committed to Ghana’s agriculture through the Grow Africa partnership. Yara remains dedicated to increasing productivity – creating impact.

    Prosperity in Ghana
    Summary

    Ghana has taken a lead in African economic development, putting agriculture first. Yara has committed to the African Green Revolution – and to the agricultural transformation of Ghana. Engaging in the entire value chain and working in partnership is the key.

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    Prosperity in Ghana

    Oslo, March 24, 2013

    Yara’s long-term commitment to the transformation of African agriculture has found strong resonance in Ghana. Tripled maize yields for thousands of farmers hold great promise for continued growth in Ghana, which maintains agriculture as a first priority.

    Ghana Grains Partnership

    “Yara gives me knowledge on how to plant and how to apply the fertilizer, how to do it.”

    Nindow Maize farmer, Northern Region, Ghana

    In 2008 Yara, together with the local inputs provider Wienco, initiated the Ghana Grains Partnership (GGP), a public-private partnership working to improve the efficiency of the maize value chain in Northern Ghana.

    The partners helped set up a farmers’ association – the Masara N’Arziki (‘Maize for Prosperity’ in the local Hausa language). Towards the end of 2012 more than 8,000 farmers had joined, seeing maize yield levels triple compared to the average.

    The Masara acts on behalf of its members, purchasing inputs and selling the crops, while the GGP provides seeds and fertilizers on affordable credit terms, as well as storage and transport facilities – helping to reduce losses and increase profits.

    Ghanaian agriculture consists mainly of smallholder farmers, both in the staple crop sector as well as the economically vital cocoa production. Both the Government policies for agricultural development and the GGP target the crucially important smallholders.

    Value chain engagement

    The GGP is a model example of engaging throughout the food value chain, addressing major bottlenecks to improve productivity and profitability. Yara is a major provider of mineral fertilizer to Ghana, engaging both in cash crops such as cocoa and in staple crops such as maize.

    Building on the experiences gained through the GGP, Yara – through the Grow Africa platform – will explore opportunities for a new partnership in the rice value chain.

    Yara operates a fertilizer blending facility and a warehouse with a capacity of two million bags, distributing mineral fertilizer throughout Ghana. An important part of the business model is supplementing the product with knowledge, collaborating with farmers through crop clinics. Here, growers receive advice on how to best improve their yields.

    The GGP is a prime example of how agricultural development can be done in an inclusive manner, raising yields and profitability both with and for the smallholders. Yara has committed itself to contributing its knowledge, products and solutions to promote an African Green Revolution.

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