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AGRA supports farmers to mitigate impact of COVID-19

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Mr Foster K. Boateng, West Africa Head of AGRA, making a presentation to Mr Patrick Robert Ankobiah, Chief Director at MOFA, while Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister of Food and Agriculture looks on
Mr Foster K. Boateng, West Africa Head of AGRA, making a presentation to Mr Patrick Robert Ankobiah, Chief Director at MOFA, while Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister of Food and Agriculture looks on

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has donated personal protection equipment (PPE) worth GH¢20,000 and GH¢10,000 cash to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to help agriculture extension officers and farmers to mitigate the possible impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The PPE which includes gloves, hand sanitisers and nose masks as well as ‘Veronica buckets’ will enable the agriculture extension officers to go into the field to help farmers in the wake of COVID-19 to ensure that productivity is not negatively affected. 

The West Africa Head of AGRA, Mr Foster K. Boateng, made the presentation on behalf of AGRA, staff and implementing partners at a ceremony in Accra on Monday, April 20, 2020.

“AGRA is raising GH¢60 million to help farmers to purchase seeds, fertiliser and other basic needs in the 2020 production season. The GH¢10,000 donated by AGRA is to kick-start donations to the fund,” he said.

He urged other well-meaning Ghanaians and organisations to contribute to the fund. He also called on stakeholders such as the Chamber of Agribusiness to support the mobilisation of funds and ensure that farmers were able to produce enough food to feed the nation.

Mr Boateng added that, “even though a lot of attention is being focused on the health sector, which is good, food security for the country is also paramount, especially at this time and must be looked at”.


The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, who received the donation, thanked AGRA for the gesture and described it as timely.

He said, “AGRA is one of the few development partners that has been supporting the ministry to achieve its goals. This donation is an indication of the kind of support that AGRA has been giving the ministry over the past three and a half years”.
 Even though a lot of attention is being focused on the health sector, which is good, food security for the country is also paramount, especially at this time and must be looked at.

"Even though a lot of attention is being focused on the health sector, which is good, food security for the country is also paramount, especially at this time and must be looked at."