Agriculture is the backbone of Ghanaian economy and central to the Government of Ghanaian development strategy. The agriculture sector employs more than 75% of the countries workforce and accounts both directly and indirectly for approximately 51% of Ghanaian gross domestic product. The Ghanaian population is growing by approximately 1 million people per year. Combined with stagnant agricultural productivity and limited arable land, this demographic growth poses critical challenges to food security. Only about 20.66% of the land is arable, yet maximum yields have not been reached in these areas, leaving considerable potential for increases in productivity. Most farmers work without basic agricultural inputs or updated technology and lack adequate financial or extension services.
Agriculture in Ghana consists of a variety of agricultural products and is an established economic sector, and provides employment on a formal and informal basis. Ghana produces a variety of crops in various climatic zones which range from dry savannah to wet forest and which run in east west bands across Ghana. Agricultural crops, including yams, grains, cocoa, oil palms, kola nuts, and timber, form the base of agriculture in Ghana’s economy In the year of As of 2013, agriculture employed 53.6% of the total labor force in Ghana.
Cocoa is the chief agricultural export of Ghana and the country’s main cash crop. Behind Ivory Coast, Ghana is the second largest cocoa exporter in the world Cocoa cultivation is not native to the country; Ghana’s cocoa cultivation, however, is noted within the developing world to be one of the most modeled commodities.
Cocoa production occurs in the country’s forested areas: Ashanti Region, Brong-Ahafo Region, Central Region, Eastern Region, Western Region, and Volta Region, where rainfall is 1,000-1,500 millimetres per year. The crop year begins in October, when purchases of the main crop begin, with a smaller mid-crop cycle beginning in July. All cocoa, except that which is smuggled out of the country, is sold at fixed prices to the Cocoa Marketing Board. Although most cocoa production is carried out by peasant farmers on plots of less than three hectares, a small number of farmers appear to dominate the trade. Indeed, some studies show that about one-fourth of all cocoa farmers receive just over half of total cocoa income..
YLF has a small scale Cocoa farm in the Agona district. Due to the size of the farm, we’re unable to raise more funds internally to carter for unexpected occurrences in the future. We would love to own a vase land in the near future and expand our cocoa farm to be able to generate enough funds and have much cocoa for exportation globally. With this, the vulnerable in the communities would have enough money to carter for themselves and their families.
NB: Cocoa is a precious material that can be used in many different ways, but it is running out. Threats such as diseases and animals that eat cocoa trees could be the cause of a shortage of cocoa. Also, life on the cocoa plantations for slave farmers, the condition is terrible. Take action today. Spare a thought for the cause of your chocolate. Come exchange ideas with us and do come along with any material(s) you think can help our Cocoa to be outstanding amongst all in the world.
The cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale) is a tropical evergreen tree that produces the cashew seed and the cashew apple. It can grow as high as 14 m (46 ft), but the dwarf cashew, growing up to 6 m (20 ft), has proved more profitable, with earlier maturity and higher yields.
YLF has a Cashew Nut plantation in Brong-Ahafo Region which was initiated by Aida Kopriva Nauti from Sweden. It occupies a vase land. The reason for this is to harvest it and use the proceeds to improve the lives of the vulnerable in the marginalized communities across Ghana. Some of the proceeds would be used to maintain the farm and also to see to the unforeseen events that may occur in the near future. This may also serve as employment for some hundreds of members in the community the farm is located. In this case, Families that have little or no source of income would be able to cater for the family and also themselves.
YLF has interest in seeing to the welfare of vulnerable children in the society and as a result, anything it does leads to the development of them directly or indirectly (through their parents). Volunteers who love to farm with us would love it so much. Why? Because, we have agricultural professionals who have extensive knowledge in farming to assist them understand the methods of farming used in Ghana. Many of the farmers have also, extensive knowledge about herbal treatment and can even cure spiritual diseases. Any volunteer who would love to learn how to cure spiritual illness is welcome at no cost!!! It’s the vision of YLF to be the largest and the biggest exporter of Cashew Nuts in Ghana. We call on those who would love to help expand our farm land and cashew production to come and assist us with anything they think can help reach our maximum goal.
YLF also have farms that cultivate the following: cassava, maize, plantain, okro, tomato, garden eggs etc. We’re also into livestock and poultry farming.