4. Ghana: Peasant farmers lobby for access to credit (The Chronicle)

| March 16, 2009

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The association representing Ghana’s small-scale farmers is lobbying the government for access to credit.

John Akaribo is the National Secretary for the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana. He says that 80 per cent of Ghana’s farmers cultivate small plots of land – an average of 1.5 hectares each. These small-scale farmers have difficultly accessing credit from traditional banks.
The association has proposed legislation that would create an Agricultural Credit Fund for farmers. The capital for this fund would be provided by the government and the Bank of Ghana.

The legislation was proposed to the ministries of Food and Agriculture, Trade and Industry, and Finance. Mr. Akaribo expects the ministries to move the bill through parliament for it to become law.

The following Farm Radio International scripts discuss farmers’ access to credit:
-“Women and credit” (Package 57, Script 3-5, October 2000):
Part 1: http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/57-3script_en.asp
Part 2: http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/57-4script_en.asp
Part 3: http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/57-5script_en.asp
-“Banks open for small business” (Package 49, Script 1, July 1998)
-“Women start a loan fund” (Package 49, Script 2, July 1998)
-“Learning to manage a loan” (Package 49, Script 3, July 1998)