Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement Project (ADVANCE) II

The USAID-funded ADVANCE II Program is an almost five-year project that began in 2014, with the goal of scaling up agricultural investment to improve the competitiveness of the maize, rice, and soybean value chains. Strengthening these value chains will promote a greater degree of food security among the rural population in the north while increasing competitiveness in the domestic markets. The program uses a value chain approach in which smallholder farmers are linked to markets, finance, inputs, equipment, and information through relatively larger nucleus (commercial) farmers and traders (aggregators) who have the capacity to invest in these chains. It also builds the capacity of smallholder farmers to increase the efficiency of their farm business with improved production and post-harvest handling practices including improved seed varieties, access to quality inputs, mechanization, services, and market access.


The ADVANCE II Program supports USAID/Ghana’s Feed the Future Initiative mandated to reduce poverty and hunger through inclusive agricultural growth and improved nutrition. The focus of the project will be to support farmers adopt the following: Improved production technologies Farming as a commercial business Business management development Trade and market linkages; national and regional focus Policy studies and farmer advocacy Emphasis on gender mainstreaming

Cross-cutting issues

Food security, Gender integration


  • Ghana>Northern


  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development

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