The governments of these two countries, along with their counterparts in Rwanda and Ethiopia, have come to understand that commitment and political action for the benefit of small-scale producers can help in overcoming food security, employment for the youth and climate change concerns.
Agriculture, the backbone of the Ghanaian economy, employs more than 50% of the labor force. But its share in the country's GDP has steadily declined over the years to reach 19% mark in 2016.
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A challenge that the government has decided to take up by deploying flagship programs like planting for food and employment; a village, a dam; plant for export and rural development.
"These programs are already putting out good results. The contribution of the agricultural sector to the national GDP increased by 6.1% in 2017 and we are expecting 6.97% in 2019. Thanks to the performances in the fields, we have not imported last year like this year", welcomes Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana.
Nigeriens feed Nigeriens
The initiative "3 N" is a credo, a will and a political commitment of President Issoufou Mahamadou to protect his fellow citizens from famine and thirst. It consists of an investment program that will enable Niger to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This program, based on the full participation of the population in national production and income improvement, integrates the provisions of the poverty reduction strategy and plans to strengthen national capacity for food production, supply and resilience facing food crises.
"The 3N initiative has demonstrated that drought is not synonymous with famine in the Sahel, it has saved more than 60 percent of the population from hunger in rural areas. Niger received a distinction of FAO from that", showed President Issoufou who dreams of a chocolate made from Niger's milk and Ghana's cocoa.
At the end, as you can see, the green revolution as envisioned by the late Koffi Annan by setting up the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is on track.