Youth Rise International (YoRI) congratulates and celebrates all farmers in Ghana and across the continent of Africa as we commemorate Farmers Day today. On this day, we honour all farmers in Ghana, who work so hard and tirelessly to feed this nation and toil to provide for the needs of their family.
“Health, sustainable and inclusive food systems are critical to achieve the world’s development goals. Agricultural development is one of the most powerful tools to end extreme poverty, boost shared prosperity, and feed a projected 9.7 billion people by 2050.” There is evidence that “growth in the agriculture sector is two to four times more effective in raising incomes among the poorest compared to other sector. Agriculture is also crucial to economic growth: accounting for 4% of global gross domestic product (GDP) and in some least developing countries, it can account to more than 25% of GDP” (World Bank, 2022).
Today, in Ghana, agriculture employs 50% of the over 31milion population and a major driver of economic growth and development (GIPC, 2021). However, the livelihoods of smallholder/peasant farmers in Ghana is being threatened and food security is becoming a national crisis due to the alarming rate of climate variability and change. An emergency and sustainable response is required in order to roll back the deepening poverty levels, mitigate against the impacts of climate change on the economic livelihoods of smallholder farmers and stimulate economic growth and development in Ghana.
Youth Rise International (YoRI) urgently calls on the Government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) to prioritize and center social protection and climate change mitigation for smallholder farmers in rural Ghana as a matter of emergency by setting up a NCMF to empower them who are currently hit the highest with economic hardship; hindering their productivity.
Youth Rise International (YoRI) is a legally registered and government-licensed youth-led, non-partisan grassroots and advocacy NGO that empowers the very poor, vulnerable, marginalized, socially-excluded and minority groups to break the cycle of extreme poverty, promote climate justice and fights force labour and human trafficking in Ghana. Today, we have directly impacted the lives of over 170,000 youth, women, men, boys and girls across Ghana.