The FYF is dedicated to finding innovative and effective policy solutions to the issues affecting young farmers and impacting on Ghanaian’s agricultural productivity.
The FYF's key policy areas include farm business and productivity; access to markets; digital connectivity; natural resource management; biosecurity, health and welfare; education and training; and workplace relations
The Federation will work to extensively in policy and advocacy across the broad spectrum of issues to ensure youths in agriculture remains a growing contributor to Ghana’s economy, society and environment. The federations work fits in the following policy priority areas, ensuring a strong and sustainable future for Ghanaian agriculture and the farming sector.
The goals and objectives under the FYF Strategic Plan are designed to create a
Synergy of purpose, forming an integrated strategic package around five key pillars.
1. Increase the productivity and competitiveness of the farm sector
1.1 Drive a competitive economic framework for farmers (through issues such as
Taxation, investment and competition policies).
1.2 Minimize costly red tape and regulation.
1.3 Integrate infrastructure to efficiently link DISTRIC Ghanaian to domestic and
International markets – not only transport, but via high-quality and equitable telecommunications services.
1.4 Investment in productivity growth through agricultural research and development.
1.5 Access to burgeoning technologies, including genetic modification, in its application to farm production.
2. Secure and grow domestic and international markets
2.1 Reduce and, where possible, remove trade and market access barriers for agricultural products.
2.2 Eliminate unfair and trade distorting practices in Ghana’s domestic and export markets, such as subsidized farm products.
3. Effective and sustainable natural resource management
3.1 Enshrine natural resource certainty for farmers (land and water).
3.2 More efficient delivery of government environmental programs, including broadening Environmental Stewardship to enable farmers to perform tangible environmental services on behalf of the community.
3.3 Proactively manage the impacts of greenhouse gas emission reduction and climate issues.
3.4 Ensure a robust, effective and science-based biosecurity and quarantine system is in place.
3.5 Development of continually improving standards of animal care and health, which are recognised by the farm sector and broader community.
3.6 Clarity on appropriate land use interaction, including in relation to mining and indigenous access.
4. A focus on people
4.1 A competitive and flexible labour market.
4.2 Improved access to labour (unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled).
4.3 Develop high-level skills and capacity in the farming population.
4.4 Enhanced farm safety information and resources, and improved awareness of Occupational Health and Safety practices.
4.5 Improved succession planning in the exchange of farm businesses from one generation to the next.
4.6 Drive better access to services for people – farmers, businesses, communities in regional Ghana.
5. Improve community perception and awareness of Ghana agriculture
5.1 Proactively raise the positive profile of farming issues and the innovative practices involved in modern, dynamic, competitive and sustainable farming.
5.2 Build awareness of farming, its role, contribution and value to the broader community and stakeholder groups.
5.3 Establish confidence, trust and credibility in the information, services, expertise and endeavors of the farming community – bringing the broader community and stakeholder groups along on relevant issues – and focusing community and stakeholder attention accordingly.
5.4 Influence community and stakeholder – including the media and political interests – attitudes, behaviours, decisions and choices.
Decisions taken by governments, both domestic and international, community attitudes and the positions adopted by other interest groups can, and do, have positive or negative impacts on agricultural production.
The FYF’s job is to positively influence these decisions, attitudes and positions on agreed national issues, as determined by FYF members.Influencing these imperatives is a complex skill, which the FYF and its highly experienced staff have developed over many years. Tapping into this experience, and capitalizing on the insights and resources of the FYF, is afforded to each member organization and its staff.
Coordinating a cohesive and concerted campaign to influencing these decisions on a nationally agreed basis is far more cost effective than numerous groups working on issues individually.
Thereby, the collective influence of FYF members is maximized.
Industry groups, as their major role, represent sector points of view to those who have the most influence on policy – usually Government, opposition and the relevant departmental bureaucracy.
The FYF prides itself on the time, effort and expertise it applies to proactively developing policy initiatives that relate not only to the farm sector, but also to the overall environment in which farms and agriculture operate in Ghana.
The FYF is regularly invited to respond to government or departmental initiatives, Parliamentary Inquiries and works, wherever possible, in partnership with government to shape the direction of, and policy outcomes for, government policies and programs. In making these representations, the FYF takes the opportunity to make substantial and positive contributions to the particular debate, focusing on the promotion of FYF policy objectives.
This is coordinated by the FYF through its various Policy Committees that comprise FYF member representatives, and is reviewed on an ongoing basis. This process includes the development of new policy positions on emerging issues, as well as revision of existing policy statements, to ensure their currency and continued relevance.
Consultation with members is an integral element of policy development and review. Members are actively consulted by the committees in the drafting new policy positions and in revising existing policies. Beyond these formal processes, input and comment from members are actively sought and encouraged by the FYF.
FYF Managers are also available to advise and coordinate with members on their respective policy portfolios.
Following consultation with members, the relevant committee forwards draft policy statements to the FYF Members’ Council for ratification. Policy statements adopted by the Members’ Council are subsequently pursued by the FYF Secretariat, through both lobbying and advocacy strategies.