Ginger Farming Takes Off and Pays Off in Guinea


This case story outlines how Guinean farmers have moved away from traditional agricultural activity to new produce in order to spur their own economic development.  To assist local farmers, in 2011 USAID sponsored the creation of a ginger farming microenterprise.

Farmers’ groups received training, improved seed varieties and were loaned land by a member of the microenterprise or a private owner with the help of the implementing partner and local authorities.

Ginger cultivation is now a thriving business with exports to a number of other regions in Guinea and several neighbouring countries. As a result individuals have been able to alleviate their family’s poverty. The microenterprise allows members access credit, manage loans, and set up their own small businesses. The transparency in managing proceeds and expenditures is praised by the 94 members of the microenterprise, including 68 women. Each member makes an annual profit of about $2,057 (1,440,000 Guinean francs) and about 65 households directly benefit from the microenterprise.

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Agriculture, fisheries, and food security

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