The Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING), an integrated project and partnership effort under the USAID Feed the Future Initiative designed to contribute to the Government of Ghana’s efforts to sustainably reduce poverty and improve the nutritional status of vulnerable populations.
The RING project is aimed at improving the livelihood and nutritional status of vulnerable households in targeted communities in 17 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the Northern Region.
RINGs purpose of improving the livelihood and nutritional status of vulnerable households in Northern Region will be achieved via the three projects in the region.
The RING project started its implementation in 2014 in six districts namely; Central Gonja, Chereponi, East Mamprusi, Saboba, Nanumba North and Nanumba South districts with over 3,673 households in 180 communities benefiting.
Currently, the RING project has scaled up its activities in 17 target districts categorized into Tier 1 and Tier 2 districts. The Tier 1 districts are; Chereponi, Central Gonja, East Mamprusi, Nanumba North, Saboba, Savelugu Nanton, Tamale Metro, Tolon, West Gonja and Nanumba South.
The Tier two districts include; East Gonja, Gushegu, Karaga, Kpandai, Kumbungu, North Gonja and Sagnerigu.
As part of continued implementation efforts, RING signed a multi-year subcontract with the University for Development Studies (UDS) for the UDS to provide technical assistance to the project. Under this subcontract, UDS will provide support for the multiplication and supply of 75,000 orange fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) vines to project beneficiaries in 17 districts of the Northern region. OFSP cultivation is an income generating initiative that will also contribute to nutritional gains among vulnerable households in rural, northern Ghana. In addition to this effort, RING is promoting other nutrition-sensitive commodity crops, such as soybeans, cowpea, and leafy green vegetables.
More task orders will be issued based on the technical assistance needs of RING within the life and scope of the project. Upcoming support may include training for
Agriculture Extension Agents, Women in Agriculture Development officers and District Nutrition Officers on the technical aspects of production and utilization of OFSPs in the 17 targeted Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs). The 17 Assemblies are: Central Gonja, Chereponi, East Gonja, East Mamprusi, Gushegu, Karaga, Kpandai, Kumbungu, Nanumba North, Nanumba South, North Gonja, Sagnerigu, Savelugu-Nanton, Saboba, Tamale Metro, Tolon and West Gonja.