A world free from hunger and malnutrition where food and agriculture contribute to improving the living standards of all, especially the poorest, in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner.
Soybean is an important cash crop in northern Ghana. Northern Ghana produces about 96% of soybean in the country and demand continues to grow, both as source of feed for the poultry industry and for human consumption. Despite the potential of soybean to become a cash crop, average soybean productivity in northern Ghana is around 0.8 – 1mt /ha; far below potential yield of 3MT/ha achievable with the use of improved production technologies. Production is mainly carried out by smallholders on farms of less than 5 ha. Production has increased in the last ten years with a growth rate of 8.1% between 2014 and 2019. The highest production level was observed in 2020 with provisional. Total land area cultivated over the last ten years also witnessed steady increase over the period. The steady increase in production level was attributed to government programs and ongoing projects providing support to soyabean production in Ghana. The project, GCP/GHA/039/JPN – Support to Soyabean Production, employs green production technologies; green processing and green marketing to harness the potential of soyabean to increase small actors’ resilience, nutrition and improve livelihoods. The project will promote soyabean utilization among farm households and communities through public education on consumption of soyabean and through capacity development trainings on inclusion of soyabean recipes in household diets and school meals for improved nutrition.
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representation in Ghana and the direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (AFAOR) in charge of Programmes, the UN Volunteer will work to support Nutrition and Food Systems related programmes including soyabeans initiatives for livelihood improvement. Key functions • Provide technical and field support to Country office in the communication of country office programming on initiatives to beneficiaries, state and non state actors to enhance collaboration and mobilization of extra resources. • Support Country Office efforts to develop communication and outreach materials such as briefs, documentaries, voice messages and short videos on project implementation and results delivered to serve as outreach materials for decision makers and adaption of success stories especially on soybeans initiatives and related commodities. • Support the Communication and social media efforts of the Country office in country programming, project meetings, conferences and outreaches. • Carry out rapid behavioural assessments and mapping of stakeholders to promote targeted messaging for expected project deliverables to be achieved. • Provide communication support to influence behavioral changes at grass root levels, mid management level of both state and non-state actors in enhancing of the sustainability of food system. • Support the consistent updating of FAO Ghana Website,and social media presence with appropriate stories. • Work with FAO programme officers and other partners for information capture and sharing during project implementation • Support the Monitoring and Evaluation of projects • Perform any other duties as may be required