In many developing countries, including the sub Saharan Africa, agriculture has been recognized as one single most important sector, on which the economy depends. This suggests the influence of the agricultural sector on the livelihoods and socioeconomic development of such economies including that of Ghana. In Ghana, agriculture is the mainstay of the economy and plays a significant role in the development of the country.
It accounts for about half of national income and serves as a major source of food as well as provides employment opportunities to not less than 60 % of Ghanaians.
Unfortunately, while population growth in these economies outpace the growth rate in agricultural production and growth, agricultural land and for that matter the capital asset (soil) on which agricultural thrives is increasingly been degraded by several factors.
In many cases the rate of depletion and erosion of the top soil are so high to the extent that even a doubling of fertilizer or manure application may not be enough to offset nutrient deficiencies in the soil (Henao and Baanante, 1999). While technologies aim at improving soil conditions abounds, farmer’s application and usage of such fertility improving technologies are not encouraging in many developing countries including Ghana.
The Ghana Soil Health Consortium therefore aims at improving the livelihoods of the rural populations as well as the agricultural sector in general by making a contribution in the disseminate of best bet integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) in Ghana.
The meeting was attended by representatives from different stakeholders or institutions with people of diverse backgrounds.
The overall goal for the consortium will be to contribute to food security through the scaling up of ISFM technologies released by different zones, institutions and other partners among small-scale resource-poor farmers in Ghana.
The purpose of the two day workshop was to provide participants with tools that help to execute the project efficiently and successfully. It was under the theme ‘Facilitating wider uptake of better adapted ISFM practices with visible positive impact on rural livelihood. The activities are listed in the programme guide.