Improving all-year availability of safe and fresh vegetables in Ghana

Published on
April 18, 2018

Ghana knows temporal shortage of fresh (fruit) vegetables, leading to high prices for the poor and hence under-consumption. Also the use of pesticides and poor post-harvest hygiene causes much concern for consumers.

The ‘Fresh Green Ghana’ project has been started in October 2017 to improve the all-year availability of affordable, safe fresh vegetables, to help modernize the protected cultivation sector and to improve supply chains for the urban poor.

Data on climate, the production system and value chains are extremely scarce in Ghana, which hampers a clear analysis and proposals for improvement. Therefore, the project has started with the collection of such data. We have placed weather stations at each of the farms, and collect hourly data on temperature and air humidity in the greenhouses, just as daily information on the EC and pH of the irrigation water.

In addition, we collect the temperature of the products (mostly tomatoes) during transport from the farm to the final destination in Accra and link that with observations on the logistics and handling of the products. All this information will serve as a basis for analysis and proposals for improvement of the production system and the value chain, which will be implemented and evaluated during this 3-year project.

Wageningen University & Research, BU Greenhouse Horticulture and the Wageningen University & Research, Centre for Development Innovation collaborate with the Ghanaian companies SafiSana Ghana Ltd. as project coordinator, and Agri-Impact Ltd., Premium Vegetables Co. Ltd., and Urban Jungle Agro Ind. Ltd.

The ‘Fresh Green Ghana’ project is funded by the Food & Business Applied Research Fund of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).