Our Focus Stewardship

4R Solution

A Canadian approach that will improve the socio-economic well-being and resilience of 80,000 smallholder farmers, particularly women, in Ethiopia, Ghana and Senegal.

What is The 4R Solution Project?

The 4R Solution project funded by Global Affairs Canada will improve socio-economic wellbeing and resilience of 80,000 smallholder farmers, particularly women, in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Senegal by improving agricultural productivity and farm income by incorporating 4R Nutrient Stewardship (Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place), into fertilizer use management while incorporating important gender and environmental resilience strategies.

In fact, Africa’s smallholders are more than capable of feeding the continent—so long as they boost their yields by using the latest agronomic practices in combination with appropriately adapted seeds and fertilizer.

Kofi Annan
Former Secretary-General Of The United Nations

Objectives of the 4R Solution Project

  • Enhanced sustainable production using climate smart, best management practices in agriculture and increased value chain access and integration by women and men farmers in the targeted countries
  • Enhanced representation and influence of women in leadership positions and decision-making bodies in farmers’ co-operatives within targeted communities
  • Increased integration of gender sensitive 4R principles in relevant standards and policies nationally in Ethiopia, Ghana and Senegal; and globally

Where We Work

In Ghana we are working in four districts: Kpandia, East Gonja, Nanumba South and Naumba North.

Focus crops in Ghana: maize, Soybeans, Groundnuts and Rice

In Ethiopia we are working in Menjar-Shenkora district on Northern Shewa Zone, Amhara National Regional State.

Focus crops in Ethiopia: Wheat and Teff

In Senegal: project will begin in 2021.

Potential Benefits of the 4R Solution Project to Sub-Saharan Africa

The 4R Solution project’s aim is to show how adopting more sustainable farming practices can increase resilience, incomes, and food security, while reducing poverty for men, women and children.

Economic: Helping smallholder farmers grow more nutritious and marketable crops, increase revenues, productivity and profit margins.

Environmental: reflecting a commitment to improve food security, promote climate smart agriculture and support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Social: promoting the empowerment of women farmers, with a special emphasis on improving access to financial resources and agricultural technologies.


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