This guide was produced by Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) as a resource to help volunteer sending organizations create or improve their volunteer safety and security policies and procedures. It includes recommended steps for creating policies and procedures, a policies and procedures template, and links to additional resources.
Farmer-to-Farmer Implementers collaborated to hold a learning event in celebration of 30 years of Farmer-to-Farmer. This two-hour learning event, held in Washington D.C. on December 3, 2016, attracted approximately 95 participants from Farmer-to-Farmer implementers, USAID, Congress, media outlets, and volunteers. Former F2F volunteers comprised approximately 20 percent of the attendees.
Ghana is a signatory of the WTO agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures. This international agreement sets out a framework for food safety as well as plant health. While food safety is important for both national as well as international trade, phytosanitary compliance can especially be a big obstacle for international trade. The current weakness of the sanitary and phytosanitary compliance system for Ghanaian vegetables might hamper development of the sector in the years to come.
Presentation on specific fruit borer pests of significance for exports of peppers
Presentation by the Vegetable Task Force that reviews its mandate, approach, and status of its work.
Summary of a study by the GhanaVeg Program and Wageningen UF that describes the value of greenhouse cultivation in the horticulture sector and makes recommendations for Ghana.
Thaumatotibia leucotreta (sometimes Cryptophlebia leucotreta) is commonly called False Codling Moth (FCM). Its caterpillars (larvae) attack more than 70 host plants mainly in Africa. This document contains technical notes relevant for training pepper growers in Ghana about FCM and strategies for controlling the pest.
This LTT on SPS issues in Ghana highlights major issues on SPS for policymakers and suggests corrective measures to allow lifting the ongoing ban on 5 plant commodities.
Summary of a study by the GhanaVeg Program and Wageningen UF that describes the current export value chain and identifies viable business opportunities to sustain and scale up Ghana’s vegetable export sector. The export vegetable sector in Ghana is going through difficult times. Structural challenges coupled with doubtful phytosanitary status of exported vegetables threaten the viability of the sector in years to come. However, turning current vegetable production into a more commercial, market-driven export production may re-invigorate and serve as an impulse for the sector.
Thaumatotibia leucotreta is commonly called False Codling Moth (FCM). This is a major crop pest. Its caterpillars (larvae) attack many horticultural crops in Africa, especially those with fruit, pods and berries. These include beans, grapes, citrus, pepper, mango, avocado, guava, pomegranate, pineapple, ornamental plants, cotton, tea and a wide range of wild plants. This leaflet is designed to help people working in packhouses to tackle the problem of FCM.