Croplife Ghana

"CropLife Ghana is the association of agrochemical importers and distributors in Ghana. It is currently made up of 16 major agrochemical companies and counting. CropLife Ghana controls about 90% of the fertilizer market as well as about 75% of the crop protection product (CPP) market."

CropLife Ghana Projects

Programs implemented by CropLife Ghana (2005 – 2017):

1. Spray Service Provider (SSP) Program:
(CropLife Ghana is currently implementing its flagship program named the Sprayer Service Provider (SSP) Project. This program is in collaboration with CropLife Africa Middle East (CLAME). The SSP Program was introduced in Ghana in 2013. In 2013, the SSP Program was introduced into Ghana and funded by World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and Africa Cocoa Initiative (ACI) This was a 2 year program from December 2012 – December 2014 at a cost of US$ 600,000.00. (Six Hundred Thousand US Dollars only). In this program, selected farmers, input-dealers are specially trained to spray the farms of farmers for an agreed fee, using only EPA and CRIG approved chemicals on Cocoa and any other crop in Ghana. The agrochemicals should be obtained from only CropLife Ghana member companies, for guaranteed quality. The pilot program was implemented in the Ashanti region of Ghana, and over 1,300 SSPs were trained and equipped with PPEs; The SSPs were also trained on Business management Skills and Integrated Pest Management. 

January – December 2015: 100 farmers were trained as SSPs under the IFDC-2Scale Project in 4 regions of Ghana. These are Central, Eastern, Greater Accra and Northern Region. The SSPs were trained on Pineapples, citrus, mangoes and soy bean respectively.

March – June 2016: 60 cotton farmers under the M’Arziki Program were trained in Chereponi, Garu and Nakpanduri respectively in the Northern region of Ghana for cotton. 

Further training for 170 farmers as SSPs would be undertaken from April through the IFDC-2Scale Project in 5 Regions of Ghana on mangoes and vegetables. 

Plans are far advanced for the training of 30 rice farmers as SSPs in the Northern and Southern Volta Region under the GIZ-CARI Project, through collaboration with Technoserve Ghana.

2. Container Management Program:
Since 2010-to date, CropLife Ghana has been implementing the container management program. This is a program where empty pesticide containers are collected from across the country and recycled for non-domestic uses. A pilot program was initiated in the Ejura Sekyere Edumase district of the Ashanti Region in 2010. Over 100MT of the containers were collected and transported to Cyclus Recycling for recycling into pavement blocks. At the moment, through a collaboration with Wynca Sunshine Agric (a member of CropLife Ghana), empty pesticide containers of Wynca Sunshine are been collected back to the CropLife Ghana TSF for a token fee. So far through this innovation, over 10MT of pesticide containers of Wynca Sunshine has been collected and been processed at the CropLife TSF by EZOV GH, to be eventually recycled into pesticide container caps for Wynca Sunshine. More awareness programs are being undertaken in this area for the environment to be cleared of hazardous empty pesticide containers.

3. Stakeholder Sensitization Programs:
CropLife Ghana collaborates with EPA and MoFA to provide technical training, sensitization and Advocacy workshops for farmers, input-dealers, CEPS, Security Operatives, Judiciary and Academia across the country. These programs are mostly funded by CropLife Africa Middle East with a counterpart funding from CropLife Ghana. The activities include the following:

Since 2011, CropLife Ghana has been involved in annual sensitization programs for security and border post officers on issues of agrochemical imports and counterfeiting. These programs till date, have been held in 5 regions of Ghana with the last one in 2016 held in Sunyani, Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana, where 60 top brass of CEPS and PPRSD Officers participated. CropLife Ghana envisages such sensitization programs to enlighten the security agencies on issues of agrochemical imports and counterfeiting and ways to prevent sub-standard agrochemicals into the country.

Safe-Use Training for input-dealers and farmers: Since its inception, CropLife Ghana has trained over 5,000 farmers and input-dealers across the country on responsible uses of pesticides. Farmers are constantly trained on effective and efficient ways of applying agrochemicals safely for higher effects.

Advocacy on biotechnology and biosafety issues in Ghana: CropLife Ghana as it stands for the plant industry totally embraces any technology that seems to improve the food production and levels of poverty of farmers. We are therefore strong advocates for the introduction of biotechnology in Ghana. CropLife Ghana in collaboration with CropLife Africa Middle East (CLAME) have held over 7 programs across the country to sensitize seed producers in particular, farmers in general and stakeholders including Parliamentarians on issues about biotechnology and the biosafety law. Experts have been drawn from the Univerty of Cape-Coast, Program for Biosafety, BNARI, CSIR and GAEC and other organizations including Multimedia Ghana to inform the general public about biotech issues.

Advocacy on radio and news prints on anti-counterfeit agri-inputs issues

4. CleanFarms Obsolete Stock Program:
CropLife Ghana implemented the CleanFarms Ghana Safeguarding Project in collaboration with the Ministry of Food & Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency from 2009 to date. This project seeks to address the following:

Carry out outreach programs to identify stocks of obsolete pesticides and related products like used-empty containers held on farms and with retailers , distributors, farmers, etc;

Carry out inventories of obsolete pesticides held in Government facilities and premises of other users of pesticides;

Safeguard and transport to a safe and secure storage location until such time as the products can be taken out of the country for an environmentally sound destruction.

Creation of awareness to ensure no future build up of obsolete pesticides

Implementation of a container management program at Ejura Sekyeredumase in the Ashanti Region;

Construct a Temporary Storage Facility (TSF) in Pokuase to store obsolete pesticides realised from the project;

Since the inception of the program, over 200MT of obsolete stocks were collected from across the nuke and cranny of the country, and safely safeguarded in the Temporary Storage Facility (TSF) situated at the PPRSD Headquarters in Pokuase. Over 170MT of the obsolete stocks have been successfully transported out of the country to Europe for proper disposal in June 2015, through the collaboration of EPA and UNITA. The current stock of over 30MT would soon be transported out of the country through funding from FAO, from March 2017.

5. Facilitation Skills Training:
CropLife Ghana organizes Training of Trainers (ToT) on Facilitation Skills Programs annually for its members, regulatory bodies and stakeholders. This unique training enables officers to become good facilitators in their interaction with farmers. This is an annual activity undertaken by CropLife Ghana as part of its responsible initiatives to stakeholders, members, etc.

6. Quality Brand Project (November 2012-July 2013):
CropLife Ghana (CLG) in collaboration with CropLife Africa Middle East (CLAME) is currently implementing the CropLife Quality Brand Project in 2012. This is a pilot program targeting the cocoa industry in Ghana for the moment. The main objective is to introduce a technology to combat counterfeiting/adulteration of cocoa pesticides in Ghana. The quality brand scheme would be replicated on other products soon in Ghana. Farmers or other users that buy these pesticides can text a code on the Holospot to a telephone number (Short-Code) and they will receive an instant response / message on the genuineness of the product. The pilot-program was for only 9 months.

In 2012, CropLife Ghana in collaboration with PPRSD/MoFA, implemented a program to Advocate Government to build capacities of Seed Industry Regulators in Ghana. All seed coordinators from the 10 regions were contacted and a joint meeting held in Kumasi to enumerate challenges and immediate solutions. The report was submitted to the PPRSD/MoFA for immediate action. The 3 month program was funded by AGRA.

7. Busac Advocacy:
CropLife Ghana collaborated with GAIDA to create awareness on faking and adulteration amongst farmers and input-dealers across the country through the BUSAC Advocacy in 2006-2008 with a budget of over Ghc120, 000.00 for 6 months. This program helped in creating great awareness amongst the agrochemical industry, especially, the retailers and farmers about the existence of counterfeited and adulterated and the need to be vigilant when buying these agrochemicals. The campaign was also used to sensitize the farmers to always purchase agrochemicals from certified agents whom have been trained by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

8. CropLife Ghana is represented on the following committees:

  • Fertilizer Advisory Committee of Ghana.
  • Stakeholder group of the Pesticide Committee of CODEX
  • FAO Sub-Committee on Pesticide waste
  • Committee on eradicating sub-standard agrochemicals in Ghana