Budgeting for Productivity and Food Security: How Smart Public Spending Can Boost Agricultural Productivity in Ghana

Africa possesses 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated arable land. However, an estimated 40 million Africans are food insecure. To combat food insecurity and enhance economic transformation, African countries have aimed to enhance agricultural production. In Ghana, as of 2014 approximately 5 percent of the population is estimated to be food insecure, due in part to low productivity coupled with high import costs. In an effort to tackle this, the Ghanaian government has implemented food and agricultural policies aimed to boost productivity which would, in turn, spur manufacturing sector growth and economic transformation. Despite these policies, productivity remains low due to structural issues, weak budgetary policies, and low usage of agricultural inputs.

In this paired paper and policy brief, Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding and ACET’s Research Analyst, Francis Kobina Appiah Abebrese examines the current efforts made and challenges in agricultural production and how improved budgetary processes can boost agricultural productivity in Ghana. He provides policy recommendations on how the Ghanaian government and policymakers can improve the budget allocation process to align with agricultural plans in order to boost agricultural productivity.

This post was originally published by the Wilson Center

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