Ghana: Farmers Affected by the Spillage of the Akosombo Dam to Get $40m in Support

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Bryan Acheampong, the Minister of Agriculture has hinted that government of Ghana is to allocate $40 million to support farmers in the Volta Region  affected by the spillage of the Akosombo dam

This comes as the Minister of Agriculture,  issued a directive to allocate $40 million from World Bank support funding to aid farmers in the Volta Region.

This strategic move aims to assist those farmers who have suffered the loss of their farmlands due to the spillage of the Akosombo Dam.

The funds, according to Mr. Acheampong, are crucial for the restoration of the livelihoods of the most severely affected farmers in the region.

During the launch of the Youth In Agric initiative, a pivotal component of the Youth Employment Agency’s job module, Mr. Acheampong reassured the farming community that these funds would be instrumental in ensuring their well-being.

The minister emphasized that the financial support is specifically earmarked to address the challenges faced by farmers who have been adversely impacted by the consequences of the Akosombo Dam spillage.

To our friends, brothers, and family on the Volta and eastern stretch of the Akosombo Dam’s path, we have all witnessed the devastation as a result of the necessary action the VRA had to take to save the Akosombo Dam. As a result, several farmers have been affected and a lot of them have had their crops completely wiped out.


I have directed that due to this emergency, $40 million of the World Bank-funded Food Systems Resilience Programme be restructured to restore farmers whose farms have been wiped out due to the necessary action taken by the VRA to save us all, he said.

This initiative aligns with broader efforts to promote agricultural resilience and support those whose livelihoods are intertwined with the agricultural landscape of the Volta Region.

As the agricultural sector receives a boost through this targeted funding, it not only addresses the immediate needs of affected farmers but also contributes to the overarching goal of sustaining agriculture-based livelihoods in the face of environmental challenges.

This forward-looking approach signifies a collaborative effort between the government and international financial institutions, highlighting a commitment to agricultural sustainability and community support in the Volta Region.


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