Ghana has seen tremendous progress in development and poverty reduction in the last two decades. However, there are still inequalities, particularly between people in southern and northern Ghana and between men and women. Over 70 per cent of people in the poor northern regions live on less than $1 a day.
Three in five Ghanaians depend directly on agriculture for their livelihoods. Many trade and agricultural policies have been bad for food crop production and smallholder farmers. Nearly five per cent of Ghanaians are food insecure, with wide regional disparities. Local communities are experiencing more erratic and extreme weather as a result of climate change. People in rural areas, especially in northern Ghana, have lower levels of access to essential services such as health care.
Ghana has significant mineral wealth, however many local communities are living with the social and environmental costs of the extractives industry without enjoying the short-term benefits such as jobs, healthcare and infrastructure.
Oxfam in Ghana
We began working in Ghana in1986. Our aim is to strengthen Civil Society Organizations to secure democratic accountability, fair distribution of wealth and justice. We work across four key areas:
- Agriculture - Our GROW campaign promotes national agricultural policy, practice and investments that respond to the interests and priorities of smallholder farmers and producers especially women. We also build knowledge and understanding of climate change among smallholder farmers and civil society and how it impacts on agriculture and food security.
- Health Care - We want to see all Ghanaians benefit from fair and better access to essential health services. To that end our nationwide universal access to health care campaign envisages health care for all, free at the point of use.
- Extractives - Our Right to Know, Right to Decide campaign connects the dots between grassroots issues and global policy reform work. We work with civil society organizations to secure transparency, equity and justice in the gold mining, oil and gas sectors.
In all that we do we ensure that women and the most vulnerable are at the heart of our work.