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Former President Kufuor Throws Weight Behind “Eat Ghana Rice” Campaign

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor who is also chairman of the John A. Kufuor Foundation has thrown his weight behind the “Eat Ghana Rice” campaign.

He is urging all Ghanaians to patronize Ghana rice in the interest of Ghanaian farmers and the Ghanaian economy.

He was speaking during a visit to his office by officials of the Ghana Rice Interprofessional Body (GRIB).

President of GRIB Nana Adjei Ayeh expressed gratitude to the former president for his support. He said the quality of Ghana rice is as good as imported ones and urged Ghanaians to consume more of it during the festive season.

Chief Executive Officer of the John A. Kufuor Foundation Prof. Baffour Agyeman – Duah said increased consumption of Ghana rice will help improve the Ghanaian economy.


“We want to promote Ghana rice. And as the president said, it doesn’t make sense for a country that has the capacity to produce and export rice to continue to import it. Let us all continue to promote Ghana rice. If we succeed in that, we can save Ghana more than a billion Dollars which we use to import rice,” he noted.

“So, with the support and encouragement of the chairman, its one of the key missions of the Foundation. And we hope to continue to work with GRIB to make sure the vision of the former president is achieved. So, all I can say is that let us all continue to promote Ghana rice,” Prof. Agyeman – Duah added.


The “Eat Ghana Rice Campaign” is part of a series of initiatives that have been rolled out under an Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) funded project to improve rice production in Ghana.

The project is dubbed the “Public-Private Partnership for Competitive and Inclusive Rice Value Chain Development: Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) – Rice Chapter.” Among others, the project seeks to increase rice productivity for smallholder farmers, strengthen and expand access to output markets, and value chain financing. Five current consortium partners are implementing the project. They are; Hopeline Institute, John A. Kufuor Foundation, Sparkx Farms, Volta City Farms and the Directorate of Crop Services (DCS) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.