Enterprises that show the potential of Northern Ghana

The Market Development Programme for Northern Ghana (MADE) has improved livelihoods and raised incomes for resource-poor farmers in this agricultural region.

Responsive market systems

Funded with UK aid from the UK government from 2014 to 2020, MADE has succeeded in working with agribusiness enterprises to develop robust market systems for inputs, services and products. This has enabled farmers in Northern Ghana to grow more, and higher-quality produce, in response to market demand.

Across a range of sectors in agricultural markets, MADE has identified ambitious, competitive and potentially profitable enterprises that can work in the critical last and first miles with farmers to offer social returns. It has prioritised businesses with the potential to achieve transformational scale, and has helped them to map out a growth pathway and to take the first steps along it.

firms with new business practices facilitated by MADE
farmers reached with new inputs and services since 2014 (43% women)
farmers have earned higher incomes since 2014 (45% women)

Something new in the North

Year on year, the MADE partner selection process has raised the bar for qualifying firms. It has supported businesses that, working alone or within commercial partnerships, have the necessary scale and ambition to deliver against a growing range of bundled service requirements.

The result is a new atmosphere of opportunity in Northern Ghana. MADE partner enterprises are boosting agricultural markets where the North holds a comparative advantage, raising standards of quality and bringing farmers promising and sustainable livelihood options. Marketable produce is attracting interest along the value chain, and farmers are responding to the demand with support from well-equipped private sector extension services.

Visit the partners directory to learn more about MADE partner enterprises, with whom they are working and what they are achieving.

farmers and rural enterprises with higher sales and turnover since 2014 (44% women)
farmers supported to adapt to the effects of climate change since 2014 (47% women)
average rise in farmer income since 2014 (GHS)

Lessons from MADE

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