Challenges Facing Ghana

Poverty rises as agricultural livelihoods dry up in face of climate change.

Increases in temperatures, unpredictable rainfall and ongoing soil erosion is expected for Ghana’s northern regions over the next 15 years, increasing already high levels of food insecurity and malnutrition. Endemic poverty and its health, education and social consequences are on the rise as more families, 85% of whom rely on agriculture, are unable to meet their basic needs. Restricted from owning land and without access to agricultural resources, women struggle the most to provide for their families. Lack of infrastructure such as new schools, additional classrooms and challenges recruiting qualified teachers prevent many Ghanaian children from getting a quality education.

CFTC’s CHANGE Project in Northern Ghana is transforming the farming landscape, with the ultimate goal of improving food security for thousands of families.

Find out more about Making CHANGE in Northern Ghana


Where We Are Going

Education in Ghana

Schoolchildren in northern Ghana celebrate receiving new textbooks and school supplies. Kpachelo, Ghana © CFTC 2010

Educated children become food-secure adults. Food-secure adults can better educate their children.

CFTC’s Theory of Change for Ghana focuses on achieving improvements in the following areas: Greater access to education through improved infrastructure, teacher training and recruitment, greater community engagement. Food security, dietary diversity and better family nutrition through training on climate-resilient agricultural techniques and alternative livelihoods (especially for women). Higher school attendance, retention and graduation rates; equity in good educational outcomes between boys and girls.

How We Are Getting There

Taking an integrated approach to food security and education, with specialized programming to strengthen resilience to climate change.

Early Childhood Care & Primary Education

Education supports range from infrastructure (building and furnishing schools and classrooms), to providing individual children with what they need to attend school: uniforms, books, school fees, etc. CFTC and our partners also support water and sanitation projects in schools; teacher recruiting and training; teachers’ accommodations and salaries and, critically, community workshops to promote the value of education, especially for girls.

Income Generation Initiatives

CFTC’s partners support a variety of livelihood and income-generating initiatives including basket weaving groups and organic farming co-ops. Support for income generation increases food security, improves school attendance, and reduces malnutrition through greater availability of food and dietary diversity.

Agricultural Programming

Each CFTC partner facilitates training and offers climate-smart seeds, tools and technologies that build resilience, productivity and help Ghana’s farmers earn a better living from the land. Initiatives include school, kitchen and community gardens; and support for farming co-ops that empower women and share indigenous, traditional farming and seed knowledge.


Edward Akapire Country Representative – Ghana

Amboka Wameyo Regional Program Manager – Africa

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Partners In Change

Our local partners work within Ghanaian communities to drive change.

Regional Advisory Information & Network Systems (RAINS) works in Ghana’s Northern Region, supporting productive livelihoods, access to education, and climate-smart agriculture by providing grassroots capacity-building in the sustainable use and management of natural resources. TradeAID Integrated (TAI) seeks to help the productive poor to create and manage viable ventures for sustained poverty reduction and wealth creation. Based in the Upper East Region, TradeAID is involved in promoting sustainable rural livelihoods, helping to strengthen off-farm alternative livelihoods and climate-smart farming activities. Tumu Deanery Rural Integrated Development Program (TUDRIDEP) is CFTC’s newest partner in Ghana and works to empower rural resource-poor people in Ghana’s Upper West Region to develop skills and attitudes that lead to economic, social and cultural development. They focus on promoting climate-change adaptation and income generation targeted to smallholder farmers as part of the CHANGE project.  

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See Change In Action In Ghana

Major grants for local partners

Capacity building leads to major grants for two local partners.

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CHANGE is in the air!

Despite a difficult growing season in 2013, radio has been key in disseminating information that helps northern Ghana's smallholder farmers adapt to climate change.

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International Year of Family Farming

This year, CFTC's focus is to promote agriculture-based livelihoods for women and by doing so close the gender gap which lies at the root of much rural poverty.

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