According to a statement from the Ministry of Information, the government is proactively engaging with traditional leaders throughout the country to enhance the scope and influence of the Planting for Food and Jobs program.
In the wake of the launch of Phase II of the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative, the Government of Ghana is actively soliciting the cooperation of the nation’s chiefs to broaden the program’s reach and impact. On Saturday, President Akufo-Addo is scheduled to engage with members of the National House of Chiefs, a pivotal step in facilitating the allocation of substantial land for agricultural purposes.
Chiefs in Ghana are revered as the custodians of land, and their willingness to release land to their subjects participating in Phase II of the Planting for Food and Jobs will play a crucial role in addressing the ongoing challenge of securing land for agricultural activities. This collaboration aligns with the government’s overarching objective of attaining food security to foster comprehensive national development.
Approximately 80% of Ghana’s land falls under customary ownership by chiefs and families, granting them the authority to allocate, lease, or sell land for diverse purposes. The President anticipates that the support and cooperation of chiefs will further bolster the program’s prospects for success, ultimately contributing to the nation’s agricultural and economic advancement.