CARE's work in Ghana

CARE has worked in Ghana since 1994, when we began working in mining areas on sexual health and HIV prevention programmes. Today we work in partnership with local civil society organisations, the government and the private sector to deliver lasting change to the lives of vulnerable people in rural areas. We particularly focus on empowering women, who are disproportionately affected by poverty despite their significant economic and social contributions. We support poor cocoa farming communities through our Cocoa Life partnership with Mondelez International.

Earning a decent living

Our village savings and loan projects reduce poverty by enabling poor families to make investments, such as in tools or livestock, which can improve lives as well as increase future income. However, lack of access to affordable loans and other financial services is not the only challenge poor people face in growing their enterprises and livelihoods. 

That's why CARE also addresses other factors that can hold people back from building successful businesses, such as access to market information; use of technologies that enable people to manage their inputs and add value to their involvement in markets; a positive business environment; financial and market literacy; the ability to manage risk; and the means to overcome socio-economic traditions and power balances that exclude poor and marginalised people from participation in livelihood opportunities.

Food security and nutrition

CARE Ghana uses a holistic approach to food security by combining the areas of agriculture, economic development, climate change, gender and nutrition. This allows us to develop coordinated efforts to address the underlying causes of food insecurity. 

The vast majority of the farmers we work with are subsistence farmers, who are increasingly graduating into commercial production. Our approach to food security is based on a combination of increasing productivity and promoting equity through sustainable methods by focusing on locally available and appropriate inputs, materials and tools. CARE also supports 'conservation agriculture' – which aims to enable profitable farming while protecting and conserving natural resources – as an effective farming strategy in the context of climate change, particularly in the northern part of Ghana.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 75 years.

CARE's impact

We work in 104 countries around the world, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

Our aims

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.

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