JULY 1 IS GHANA POULTRY DAY: ADVOCATING FOR GREATER  SUPPORT

JULY 1 IS GHANA POULTRY DAY: ADVOCATING FOR GREATER  SUPPORT

Ghana’s poultry sector is at a critical juncture, with industry experts and stakeholders calling for increased support and patronage to unlock its full potential. Predominantly driven by small to medium-scale producers, the sector is essential for providing affordable protein and creating employment opportunities across the country.

Data from the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers (GNAPF) and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency reveal that there are 40 large-scale commercial poultry farms in Ghana, mainly located in the Ashanti, Bono, and Ahafo regions. Despite this progress, Ghana spends close to $254 million on imported poultry meat, making it the 24th largest importer of poultry meat in the world.

Despite its significance, the industry faces numerous challenges. One major issue is the high cost of poultry feed, which accounts for about 70% of production costs. The reliance on imported maize and soybean meal, coupled with the absence of local feed mills, makes feed prices prohibitively expensive for many farmers.

Inadequate infrastructure also hampers productivity and affects the quality of poultry products. Many farms lack modern facilities, including proper housing for birds, efficient waste management systems, and cold chain logistics to maintain meat quality.

Access to finance remains another significant challenge. Small and medium-scale poultry farmers often struggle to secure loans due to high-interest rates and stringent collateral requirements, preventing them from expanding their operations and investing in better technology.

Disease management is yet another pressing issue. The sector is vulnerable to outbreaks of diseases like Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease. Inadequate veterinary services and poor biosecurity measures exacerbate these problems, leading to significant losses for farmers.

To help improve Ghana’s poultry sector, Agrihouse Foundation introduced the Ghana Poultry Day initiative four years ago to promote the consumption and patronage of Ghana’s poultry sector, raise awareness about the pivotal role played by the poultry industry in areas such as employment generation, food security, and economic growth to help foster a greater appreciation for this sector among stakeholders and the public and fortify   its growth and sustainability.

The Ghana Poultry Day event have for the part years also help promote the nutritional and medicinal values of Ghanaian produced poultry, highlighting its lower toxin levels, reduced fat content, and higher Vitamin D. The event also educates the public on the benefits of consuming locally bred poultry   including its anticancer properties and lower cholesterol levels.

Speaking at the launch and mini stakeholder meeting of the 4th Ghana Poultry Day, Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, highlighted the critical role of patronage in overcoming challenges faced by Ghana’s poultry sector. She stated, “Encouraging Ghanaians to patronize Ghana produced poultry is crucial for the industry’s growth by this we do not only supports the economy by keeping money within the country but also creates jobs and reduces the outflow of foreign exchange used for imports.”

Ms.Akosa also urged Ghanaians to start domestic poultry rearing and home gardens to enhance food security.

Looking forward to the event, Ms Akosa mentioned that the upcoming Ghana Poultry Day, scheduled for July 1, 2024, at the forecourt of the State House in Accra, will feature a dynamic program of activities including personality -advocate chef cooking competition; where MP’s, Footballers, Ambassadors, Queen mothers, media personalities, schools and women farmers will use our  poultry product to prepare different recipes which will be shared to the public for free ,there will also be town hall discussions and Exhibitions.

Dr. Comfort Acheampong, Coordinator of the Ghana National Egg Campaign Secretariat and Chairperson for the Ghana Poultry Day, stressed the importance of advocacy and promotion to strengthen Ghana’s poultry industry.

 She explained, “We must collectively work to overcome the challenges facing our poultry sector through strategic advocacy and promotion. Our efforts should focus on creating awareness and encouraging the consumption of locally produced poultry products. This not only supports local farmers but also ensures that our economy benefits from reduced import dependence.”

Dr. Acheampong called upon stakeholders, policymakers, and the public to rally behind initiatives like the Ghana Poultry Day to strengthen the sector and increase the consumption of locally produced poultry products. She asserted, “With concerted effort, the industry can overcome its current challenges and thrive.”

Adding to the discussion, Mr. Bright Manye, Deputy Director for the Animal Production Directorate at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, emphasized the need for collective action. He pointed out, “The high cost of feed, which constitutes about 70% of production costs, makes it difficult for local farmers to achieve profitability. Any marginal change in feed prices significantly impacts the farmers’ bottom lines.”

Manye highlighted that in 2020, domestic chicken meat production in Ghana was around 40,000 metric tons, while imported chicken meat reached 150,000 metric tons. He noted, “Farmers also struggle with the costs of day-old chicks, vaccines, utilities, and the lack of quality processing facilities.”

He went on to discuss government initiatives aimed at tackling these challenges, such as the Livestock Development Project, the National Livestock Services Project, the Ghana Poultry Project, the Rearing for Food and Jobs Programme, and the Savannah Investment Programme. He mentioned, “One of the new initiatives, the West Africa Food System Resilience Project, aims to support anchor farmers in producing about 2 million broilers. Additionally, under the Planting for Food and Jobs II program, funding has been secured to produce 6 million birds, with more support anticipated through the Harnessing Agriculture Productivity and Prosperity for the Youth (HAPPY) Project.”

Manye concluded by emphasizing the potential of the poultry industry to create jobs and stimulate economic activities. “A thriving poultry industry can create jobs, particularly for women and youth, and stimulate economic activities,” he said. “This includes input supply, production, processing, marketing, and auxiliary services like husbandry, veterinary services, transportation, and equipment maintenance.”

Finally, Mr. Jones Aruna Nelson, Director of Corporate Affairs at the Ghana Tourism Authority, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership with Agrihouse Foundation.

“Our collaboration with Agrihouse Foundation for the 4th Ghana Poultry Day highlights our dedication to promoting agriculture as a key driver for enhancing Ghana’s tourism industry. This initiative marks a new era of celebration, and we are excited that the conversation on Agri-Tourism has begun with the Ghana Tourism Authority through the Ghana Poultry Day. The celebration of Ghana Poultry Day perfectly aligns with our mission to promote Ghana’s cultural heritage. Events like these attract both local and international tourists, significantly boosting our tourism sector. “He remarked

The 4th Ghana Poultry Day is organized by Agrihouse Foundation in partnership with the Ghana Tourism Authority and supported by various organizations, including the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH), the Ghana National Egg Campaign Secretariat, the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers, and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Key sponsors include Amas Farms, Labianca Company Limited, 10th September Spices, Agrogenics Ghana Limited, and Maphlix Trust Ghana Ltd, Ghana Incentive-Based Risk-Sharing System for Agricultural Lending Project and Wilmar International.

Agrihouse Foundation invites poultry farmers, agribusiness professionals, policymakers, students, stakeholders in the poultry value chain, and the general public to mark their calendars for July 1, 2024, at the Forecourt of the Statehouse and join in championing poultry excellence. The event will celebrate achievements, address challenges, and chart a course towards a thriving and sustainable poultry industry in Ghana

For more information and registration, please contact Deborah at 0541555606, Alberta at 0244623012, or  click on the link to register: https://bit.ly/ghanapoultryfest2024.

Agrihouse Foundation’s Gold in The Soil Awards Introduces Two New Categories

Agrihouse Foundation’s Gold in The Soil Awards Introduces Two New Categories

Agrihouse Foundation’s 6th annual Women in Food and Agricultural Leadership Training Forum (WOFAGRIC) and Gold in the Soil Awards is set to mark a significant milestone with the introduction of two new award categories. Namely, Supportive Agri-Man Award and Agri-Input Sales Woman of the Year Award with the aim of recognizing and celebrating the contributions of both men and women in agriculture.

Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, announced this exciting development while speaking at the launch of the 6th annual Women in Food and Agricultural Leadership Training Forum and Gold in The Soil Awards in Accra. She highlighted the impact of the awards in promoting gender equality and recognizing and awarding the support men provide to rural women farmers, farmers with disabilities and women across the entire agricultural value chain .

‘’The introduction of two new categories aims to further highlight the diverse contributions of both men and women in the agricultural sector. The Supportive Agri-Man category recognizes men who continuously support rural women producers, women-led agribusinesses, and agro-processors within their communities. This acknowledgment reflects the crucial role that supportive male figures play in empowering women in agriculture.

‘’With our visits to the farming communities, we realised that some men are really paving the way for these women farmers to succeed, so this year we are seeking to award the hardwork and support of this men, through the supportive Agri Man Award. She remarked

The Agri-Input Sales Woman of the Year category will also seek to honors young women who have significantly impacted their communities by ensuring farmers have access to essential agricultural inputs and have played a vital role in enhancing farm activities and transforming livelihoods in their respective areas.

Ms. Akosa noted that the Gold in the Soil Awards has for the part five years recognized and supported over 8,000 women farmers across various regions in Ghana, including the Volta, Ashanti, Upper East, Upper West, and Eastern Regions. This year, the initiative extends its mission to the Bono Region, reaffirming its dedication to empowering women in agriculture.

The awards ceremony spans seventeen categories, each designed to honor and showcase the achievements of women in various facets of agriculture. These categories include the Super Woman Farmer Award, Passion for Farm Award, Outstanding Woman in Extension Services Award, Royal Agro Award, Diamond in the Rough Award, Feed to Food Awards, Change Champion Award, others include, She Innovates Award, Climate-Smart Women Project Award, Lady of The Region Export Award, Star Woman Agripreneur Award, She-Operates Award, Development Partner Award, Princess Carla Award, and the ultimate Gold in the Soil Award.

The Gold in the Soil Awards will take place on the second day of the 6th annual Women in Food and Agricultural Leadership Training Forum WOFAGRIC event, scheduled from July 9 to July 10, 2024, in Sunyani, Bono Region. This year’s theme, “Overcoming the Barriers to Women Agribusiness Development: The Role of Stakeholders,” underscores the ongoing commitment to empowering women and bridging gender gaps in the agricultural sector.

Nominations are now open for farmers and agripreneurs who fit the various categories. Interested parties are encouraged to fill their nominations on https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSgdPbKyMi8ce0nMguAk0xfOl6Zg75ntdiqIRnX7WRvUIZFA/viewform?usp=sf_link: or contact Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa at 0244623012, Regina at 0241371179, or Annibel at 0544704684.

Nominations Open for the Sixth GOLD IN THE SOIL AWARDS in Bono Region

Nominations Open for the Sixth GOLD IN THE SOIL AWARDS in Bono Region

Agrihouse Foundation, in collaboration with the Bono Regional Agricultural Directorate and Bono Regional Coordinating Council, has officially opened nominations for the sixth edition of the annual Gold in the Soil Awards. Over the past six years, this prestigious awards scheme has gained immense credibility among agricultural stakeholders and development partner organizations. It is dedicated to recognizing, empowering, celebrating, and rewarding small-scale women farmers and persons with disabilities who contribute significantly to their communities through farming and agribusiness activities.

In a press statement, Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, highlighted the awards’ impact. She noted that the initiative has recognized and supported over 8000 smallholder women farmers and farmers with disabilities across various regions, including the Volta, Ashanti, Upper East, Upper West, and Eastern Regions. This year, the mission continues in the Bono Region.

“Annually, we shortlist and feature forty-five (45) women for the Gold in the Soil Awards Documentary. We select three (3) women from each of the fifteen (15) categories. It is our policy and mandate to award and support all persons with disabilities who are nominated, reaffirming our commitment to empower these individuals,” said Ms Akosa.

The awards span fifteen categories, including: Super Woman Farmer Award, Passion for Farm Award, She Innovates Award, Climate Smart Women Project Award, Outstanding Woman in Extension Services Award, Royal Agro Award, Diamond in the Rough Award, Feed to Foods Award, Change Champion Award, Development Partner Award, Lady of the Export Region Award, Star Woman Agripreneur Award, Princess Carla Award and the ultimate Gold in the Soil Award.

This year, two new categories have been introduced which is the Supportive Agri-Man: Recognizes a man who continuously supports rural women producers, women-led agribusinesses, agro-processors, and more within communities and the Agri-Input Sales Woman of the Year which seeks to Honor a young woman who has significantly impacted her community by ensuring farmers have access to essential agricultural inputs, enhancing farm activities, and transforming livelihoods.

“We believe the Gold in the Soil Award is a crucial event that highlights the vital contributions of women farmers to Ghana’s agricultural sector. By celebrating their achievements, we aim to inspire more women to pursue careers in agriculture and provide them with the necessary support to succeed,” added Madam Akosa.

The awards receive an average of five hundred (500) nominations annually. Out of these, forty-five women are shortlisted and interviewed for the Gold in the Soil Awards documentary series, produced by Agrihouse. The documentary tells the inspiring stories of these agriwomen, showcasing their journeys, successes, and the impacts of their work on their lives and communities.

The Gold in the Soil Awards will be held on the second day of the annual Women in Food and Agriculture Leadership Training Forum (WOFAGRIC). This year, the two-day event will take place from Tuesday, July 9, to Wednesday, July 10, 2024, in Sunyani, Bono Region, under the theme: “Overcoming the Barriers to Women Agribusiness Development: The Role of Stakeholders.”

For more information or to submit your nominations, please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSgdPbKyMi8ce0nMguAk0xfOl6Zg75ntdiqIRnX7WRvUIZFA/viewform?usp=sf_link: or contact Alberta at 0244623012, Regina at 0241371179, or Annibel at 0544704684.

Government Efforts Alone Insufficient to Overcome Poultry Sector Challenges, Collective Actions Needed

Government Efforts Alone Insufficient to Overcome Poultry Sector Challenges, Collective Actions Needed

Mr. Bright Manye, the Deputy Director for the Animal Production Directorate at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, has emphasized that while the government is committed to addressing the challenges facing the poultry sector through various programs, governmental efforts alone will not suffice to overcome the existing hurdles.

Speaking at the launch of the 4th  Ghana Poultry Day organized by the Agrihouse Foundation, Mr. Manye highlighted the difficulties Ghanaian poultry farmers face in competing with their international counterparts. “The high cost of feed, which constitutes about 70 percent of production costs, makes it difficult for local farmers to achieve profitability,” he noted. “Any marginal change in feed prices significantly impacts the farmers’ bottom lines.”

In 2020, domestic chicken meat production in Ghana was reported to be around 40,000 metric tons, while imported chicken meat reached a staggering 150,000 metric tons. Besides the high feed costs, farmers also struggle with the high costs of day-old chicks, vaccines, utilities, and the lack of quality processing facilities.

To address these issues, the Government has implemented several projects and programs, including the Livestock Development Project, the National Livestock Services Project, the Ghana Poultry Project, the Rearing for Food and Jobs Programme, and the Savannah Investment Programme. These initiatives aim to tackle the various challenges within the poultry sector.

One of the new initiatives, the West Africa Food System Resilience Project, aims to support anchor farmers in producing about 2 million broilers. Additionally, under the Planting for Food and Jobs II program, funding has been secured to produce some 6 million birds, with more support anticipated through the Harnessing Agriculture Productivity and Prosperity for the Youth (HAPPY) Project.

Mr. Manye underscored the potential of a vibrant poultry sector to create jobs, particularly for women and the youth, and to stimulate economic activities. “A thriving poultry industry could propel economic activities such as input supply, production, processing, and marketing,” he said. “Auxiliary services like husbandry and veterinary services, transportation, equipment repairs, and maintenance could also generate employment opportunities.”

Despite these efforts, Mr. Manye reiterated that collaboration between the government, private sector, and other stakeholders is crucial to effectively overcoming the challenges in the poultry sector.

Strategic Advocacy and Promotion Needed to Improve Poultry Sector

Strategic Advocacy and Promotion Needed to Improve Poultry Sector



Madam Comfort Acheampong, the Coordinator of the Ghana National Egg Campaign Secretariat and Chairperson for the Ghana Poultry Day, has emphasized  the need for increased advocacy and promotion to fortify Ghana’s poultry industry.

Addressing attendees at the launch and mini stakeholder meeting for the upcoming 4th Ghana Poultry Day, Madam Acheampong  acknowledged the hurdles faced by poultry farmers and industry players but urged a collective effort to overcome these challenges through strategic advocacy and promotion.

Madam Acheampong stated the economic significance of the poultry industry in Ghana, emphasizing its contribution to employment, income generation, and food security. She called upon stakeholders, policymakers, and the public to rally behind initiatives like the Ghana Poultry Day  to help  strengthen the sector, and  increased consumption of locally produced poultry products.

The upcoming festival, scheduled for July 1, 2024, at the forecourt of the State House in Accra, Under the theme “Celebrating Diversity in Poultry: Roast, Taste, and Nourish the Nation promises a grand celebration of Ghana’s rich poultry heritage. A highlight of the event will be a cooking competition featuring the culinary skills of influential personalities from various sectors, adding vibrancy to the festival and promoting local poultry products.

The 4th Ghana Poultry Day is organized by Agrihouse Foundation in partnership with the Ghana Tourism Authority and supported by various organizations, including the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH), the Ghana National Egg Campaign Secretariat, the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers, and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Key sponsors include Amas Farms, Labianca Company Limited, 10th September Spices, Agrogenics Ghana Limited, and Maphlix Trust Ghana Ltd.

Agrihouse Foundation invites poultry farmers, agribusiness professionals, policymakers, students, stakeholders in the poultry value chain, and the general public to mark their calendars for July 1, 2024, and join in championing poultry excellence. The event will celebrate achievements, address challenges, and chart a course towards a thriving and sustainable poultry industry in Ghana.

For more information and registration, please contact Deborah at 0541555606, Alberta at 0244623012, or  click on the link to register: https://bit.ly/ghanapoultryfest2024.