Many smallholder farmers in northern Ghana experience chronic poverty and food shortages due to erratic rainfall and a short harvest season. Malnutrition and child mortality rates in this region are the highest in the country, with malaria responsible for 25% of the deaths of children under five years old. With a hot tropical climate, Ghana’s developing economy depends largely on livestock and agriculture, which are the basis of livelihood for over 90% of its families.

Episcopal Relief & Development partners with the Anglican Diocesan Development and Relief Organization (ADDRO), the relief and development arm of the Anglican Diocese of Tamale in northern Ghana, on activities in agriculture, micro-finance and health.

The comprehensive agriculture program offers training for farmers to increase their harvests and improve their income while protecting the environment. Farmers are able to access improved seed varieties and fertilizers, and learn agricultural techniques to grow a greater variety and amount of produce. The program also offers training to process crops into products like peanut butter and shea butter, which have longer shelf life and transportability as well as greater value in the market. Training in livestock care and access to healthy animals provides an additional source of sustainable food and income. Savings with Education groups empower people economically and offer access to training and micro-loans for business development.

Since 2006, the integrated health program has focused on preventing disease, promoting healthy habits and improving child and maternal health. Using the integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) model with Social and Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) strategies to reduce child deaths from malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia, ADDRO has trained hundreds of community volunteers to prevent and diagnose illness and offer basic treatment or referral to health facilities. The integrated health program also promotes maternal health services and provides community education and family support around HIV/AIDS.

Alleviating Hunger and Improving Food Supply

  • Exploring climate-smart strategies to improve crop production and diversity
  • Increasing access to nutritious food through small-scale farming
  • Supporting farmer cooperatives to improve agricultural practices and access to markets
  • Increasing shelf life, value and marketability of food products through processing
  • Creating sustainable food and income through improved animal husbandry practices

Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities

  • Establishing Savings with Education groups to support personal development and economic empowerment
  • Empowering entrepreneurs through micro-finance services, financial literacy and business training
  • Supporting income-generating activities to strengthen communities and improve the local economy
  • Increasing opportunities and inclusion for people with disabilities

Promoting Health and Fighting Disease

  • Empowering women to improve health for themselves and their children
  • Reducing preventable diseases to increase child survival

Responding to Disasters and Rebuilding Communities

  • Examining possible hazards and leveraging local strengths and resources to reduce disaster risk and build resilience

Ghana Press Releases & Stories

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Fast Facts

90% of families in northern Ghana are dependent on farming to earn a living.

Child mortality rates in Ghana decreased by 45% in the past 20 years due to improved maternal health education and services.

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Goal 1: No Poverty

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