Although oil and gas have been the focus of domestic economic headlines over the last decade, agriculture remains a key pillar of the economy. It employs almost half of the national labour force, and a key agricultural product – cocoa – is one of the country’s top-three export commodities (see analysis). Upon assuming office in January 2017 President Nana Akufo-Addo’s administration continued to highlight one of its primary campaign platforms: jumpstarting the agriculture sector.…
From The Report: Ghana 2018
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Employing over half the national labour force, agriculture has long played a pivotal role in Ghana´s economy, and its key agriculture product, cocoa, is one of the top-three export commodities. After years of slower growth, the sector is poised for a revival, particularly given the strong government and private interest in advancing development through technological innovation. As long as initiatives are well coordinated along the value chain, domestic use and export-focused commercial agriculture is likely to make steady progress in the short term.
This chapter contains an interview with Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister of Food and Agriculture.