Corteva Agriscience is collaborating with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) West Africa Trade & Investment Hub, Warc Group, and John Deere on a program to improve smallholder production in Ghana’s Upper West Region. The project will leverage $1.2 million in development funding to increase the productivity and incomes of 20,000 smallholder farmers. Collaborations such as this one improve the market environment and catalyze private sector investment, helping Corteva to grow our business and meet the needs of our customers.
Approximately seven million smallholder farmers produce more than 90 percent of the food consumed in Ghana. However, many of these farmers lack access to improved inputs and optimized farming practices. In addition, Ghanian farmers face the growing impacts of climate change, including rising temperatures, erratic rainfall patterns and pest invasions.
Corteva will work with key development, government, and private sector stakeholders to increase smallholder farmer adoption of climate-optimized hybrid maize seeds, educate farmers on sustainable agriculture practices, and improve access to credit, with the goal of increasing farmers’ yields from 2 to 4 metric tons per hectare.
Through our Agricultural Development collaborations, Corteva is helping to improve the productivity, incomes, and sustainable farming practices of smallholder farmers around the world and enriching the lives of those who produce and those who consume for generations to come.
To learn more about Corteva Agriscience’s agricultural development collaborations, please contact Jennifer Billings.