USAID Ghana Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (AgNRM) Project
The Government of Ghana (GoG) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have made tremendous progress in addressing food insecurity in northern Ghana. Yet, as natural resources across the north are stressed by climate change, agricultural pressures, and increasing demands for water, food, and energy, further advances in food security require safeguarding natural resources.
2016 - 2018
Sustainable Economic Development
Through USAID, the Ghana Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (AgNRM) project addressed issues related to natural resource management in northern Ghana. AgNRM provided a scalable, integrated landscapes approach to support sustainable economic development and rural livelihoods; improved nutritional outcomes; expanded climate change related risk management options; and strengthened northern Ghana’s natural resource base
Implementing AgNRM, Winrock International and its partners — Nature Conservation Research Centre, and the Center for Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies — work to align development with conservation, responded to the interdependencies of ecosystems, livelihoods, and health; and forged natural resource private sector partnerships.
Approach and Anticipated Outcomes
AgNRM achieved its goals of poverty reduction through sustainable increases in wealth and nutrition from natural and non-traditional agriculture products by addressing environmental, agricultural, governance, and natural resource management challenges. AgNRM interventions were expected to result in transformative changes by the adoption of improved practices, technologies, and behaviors; better functioning value chains (including shea and other natural products) and governance structures; more equitable access to land and other resources; and increased capacity of organizations to manage natural resources. AgNRM aimed to address environmental degradation and enhanced rural livelihoods. These activities were implemented under four project outcomes:
Ghana's Community Resource Management Areas
AgNRM’s geographic targeting followed the successful Community Resource Management Area (CREMA) model promoted by the Wildlife Division of the GoG’s Forestry Commission for sustainable resource management in Ghana. The CREMA approach addressed landscape-level protected area management and biodiversity conservation while catalyzing sustainable livelihoods in natural resource products. The project implemented activities in eight target CREMAs, located in three ecological corridors in northern Ghana.
The project worked to strengthen key tree crop value chains, including shea and moringa; integrating innovations in climate-smart agriculture, as well as increasing access to water for both household and productive uses with Winrock’s Multiple Use Water Services approach.
Strategic Activities Include:
Winrock International, Nature Conservation Research Centre Center for Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies
Key Staff Contact
AOR, Agriculture Specialist
Economic Growth Office
Dr. Julie Fischer
Chief of Party
Feed the Future Ghana AgNRM Project