Smallholder farmers across the country have welcomed the move by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to committed US$40 million to support farmers and rural communities to continue growing and selling food during these trying moments.
A farmer at Kintampo in the Bono East and 2019 National Best Agroforestry farmer, Mr. Asare Robben said many small-scale farmers are unable to buy inputs, such as seeds or fertilizer; and he believes that the fund coming in from IFAD is at the right time.
“the planting season is beginning soon and we need inputs, such as seeds or fertilizer but due hardship most of us can’t afford them; I’m pleading with the Government and IFAD to make sure materials needed by farmers reaches us on time and not after the planting season,” he said.
A Maize farmer in Tamale Lamashegu in the Northern Mr. Khwaja Yussif said that the US$40 million funds to support farmers and rural communities to continue growing and selling food during these trying moments is delightful.
Chief Executive Officer for BEIT Farms Mr. Evans Larbi said he is extremely happy that government would not be the only manager of the fund.
“there are situations where funding of this nature comes in and majority of smallholder farmers don’t benefit; IFAD must keep an eye on how it will be disbursed” he added.
President of IFAD Mr. Gilbert F. Houngbo in a press release today said that the new multi-donor fund, which they describe as COVID-19 Rural Poor Stimulus Facility, will mitigate the effects of the pandemic on food production, market access and rural employment.
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