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Building Confidence for Export through Traceability in Ghana

Launch of Produce Traceability System to Support Ghanaian Horticulture Compliance with International Standards

Faced with an export ban on five vegetable products starting in 2015 and increasing rejections of fresh fruit and vegetable shipments to the European Union, Ghana set a goal: meet internationally recognized food safety standards so that Ghanaian products can compete in international markets. One of the major challenges facing Ghana was the inability to effectively trace products from the field all the way to the point of export.

A strong produce traceability system enables inspectors and customers to efficiently pinpoint food safety issues at any point along the produce value chain and to respond

Farmers learn how to use the traceability system using mobile apps.

with decisive action when problems arise. To support Ghana in meeting its goal, USAID’s Improving Food Safety Systems Project (IFSSP) targets traceability to ensure food safety and to build confidence in Ghana’s export products. Read more