Yara Ghana, on Tuesday, July 26, took delivery of 18,000 metric tonnes of high-quality YaraMila Activa fertiliser at the Port of Tema.

The Norwegian multinational agricultural company, which has been established in Ghana in 2007, is committing US$ 20 million to supply these fertilisers to local farmers. This is expected to benefit ~100,000 productive smallholder farmers, and help enhance the country’s food security.

The war in Ukraine has compromised global access to affordable fertilisers, hindering farmers’ ability to feed their communities, and threatening food security around the world.  This directly impacts smallholder farmers who need to apply crop nutrients in the form of mineral and organic fertilisers to their fields. If farmers cannot access reliable and affordable supplies of fertilisers, it will result in reduced yields and higher risks to local food production.  Ultimately, this could impact food supplies, leading to larger numbers of people slipping into food insecurity.

Yara is working alongside smallholder farmers and trusted partners to secure access to high-quality fertilisers that will help strengthen Ghana’s national food security and deliver a lasting, positive impact for farmers.

The programme, ‘Grow Ghana’, will provide Ghanaian farmers with free bags of YaraMila Activa as part of a package, effectively reducing the smallholder farmer’s average fertiliser cost by one-third.  The goal is to help smallholder farmers have access to enough affordable fertiliser to sustain food production and feed over one million people across the country.

Luis Alfredo Pérez, Yara’s Senior Vice President for Africa, commented: “Yara believes that market-based solutions are the most effective response to strengthen Ghana’s national food security, and will have a better chance of delivering sustained impact for farmers. The global geopolitical situation and macroeconomic indicators suggest that the current global food supply challenges may persist for some time. In this context, Yara is committed to multi-year responses.  We will adopt a medium to a long-term approach to strengthening the enabling environment in our key markets.  We hope to continue this project for at least three consecutive farming seasons.”

Danquah Addo-Yobo, Yara’s Regional Director for West Africa, said: “The Grow Ghana initiative brings a market-systems development approach to help productive smallholder farmers build resilience and sustainability.  In the process, it will help them contribute to national food production.  This initiative has the potential not only to help avert food insecurity across Ghana, but also to catalyse a larger, continent-wide commitment to increase food system resilience, grow food security, and prevent hunger for 60 million people in Africa”.

Source: Business and Financial Times