About 5% of Ghanaians representing 1.2 million people,are food insecure.Another 2 million people are vulnerable to become food insecure (WFP, 2009).Food insecurity persists in many households because food value chains face multiple challenges. Food cropsproduction isdominated by smallholder farmers who depend mainly on rainfall and sell their produce at high season for relatively lowerprices on local markets or to agro-processing enterprises that pre-finance farmers’ production activities. The cultivation of these crops is characterized by limited use ofhigh yielding varieties, fertilizer, mechanization, and post-harvest facilities. As smallholders lack a reliableandaffordable supply of creditand agro-inputs, andlucrative market opportunities, their average yields are low. This low productivity is compounded by high post-harvest losses.

 

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