Food Prices in Accra, Ghana

Recommended Minimum Amount of Money for food (2400 calories, Western food types)

Milk (regular), (0.25 liter) 0.57 $
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (125.00 g) 0.33 $
Rice (white), (0.10 kg) 0.27 $
Eggs (2.40) 0.50 $
Local Cheese (0.10 kg) 2.57 $
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (0.15 kg) 1.10 $
Beef Round (0.15 kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 0.92 $
Apples (0.30 kg) 0.81 $
Banana (0.25 kg) 0.21 $
Oranges (0.30 kg) 0.28 $
Tomato (0.20 kg) 0.56 $
Potato (0.20 kg) 0.61 $
Onion (0.10 kg) 0.20 $
Lettuce (0.20 head) 0.32 $
Daily recommended minimum amount of money for food per person9.25 $
Monthly recommended minimum amount of money for food per person
(assuming 31 days per month)
286.84 $

Recommended Minimum Amount of Money for food (2400 calories, Asian food types)

Loaf of Fresh White Bread (50.00 g) 0.13 $
Rice (white), (0.25 kg) 0.68 $
Eggs (2.40) 0.50 $
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (0.20 kg) 1.47 $
Beef Round (0.10 kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 0.62 $
Apples (0.25 kg) 0.68 $
Banana (0.25 kg) 0.21 $
Oranges (0.15 kg) 0.14 $
Tomato (0.20 kg) 0.56 $
Potato (0.20 kg) 0.61 $
Onion (0.10 kg) 0.20 $
Lettuce (0.10 head) 0.16 $
Daily recommended minimum amount of money for food per person5.95 $
Monthly recommended minimum amount of money for food per person
(assuming 31 days per month)
184.44 $

Food prices from our Cost of Living Section

[ Edit ] Range
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 8.63 $ 7.57-9.92
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.21 $ 1.00-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.24 $ 0.97-1.54
Eggs (12) 2.48 $ 1.84-3.27
Local Cheese (1 lb) 11.66 $ 8.61-13.61
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.34 $ 2.50-3.66
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2.79 $ 1.15-3.34
Apples (1 lb) 1.23 $ 1.13-1.67
Banana (1 lb) 0.38 $ 0.26-0.94
Oranges (1 lb) 0.42 $ 0.22-0.90
Tomato (1 lb) 1.27 $ 1.08-2.72
Potato (1 lb) 1.37 $ 0.90-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 0.92 $ 0.60-1.45
Lettuce (1 head) 1.58 $ 0.57-3.00

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20 Comments so far

#El Gee on Jan 27, 2017 :
I sent $200 USD to a gal in Accra Medina Ghana. It amounted to $48,000 Ghc the next day the rate changes to $800ghc for the same $200usd. If she had gotten it the first time I sent it she could have returned it to me the next day I would have been $12000 USD richer. Yes costs are high in Ghana food transportation and residences in hotels
#jen on Feb 21, 2016 :
I have a friend who's son is on an excursion trip in Ghana, and the teacher from Ghana has sent message that the child has ran out of money for food and is starving, do I send money to child?
#sarath on Feb 18, 2016 :
I got offer in ghana Accra I want to know what is minimum food expense in Accra city in GHS
#Anonymous on Dec 13, 2015 :
Teaching and nursing is a reliable profession in ghana. And with guaranteed job placement. They salary too is good. About 800 ghana cedis.
#Anonymous on Dec 13, 2015 :
I can from Ghana just this November, and to give u a fair idea, cost of living in accra is very high especially rent,transportation and food. People work very hard to make ends meat. If you really want to help this person I suggest you one day pay a visit to Ghana and see things for your self. Also beware of corrupt people not everyone is good.
#Cherie on Nov 26, 2015 :
As a follow-up to my post below, I asked my contact in Ghana about work for my nursing school student, while she is still a student. He said that GHS 100 per month is a pretty average wage (all references in both of my posts are in cedis, not US dollars). I'm not sure how wages might change for someone with a degree. However, I have had several sources tell me it is difficult to find work in the first place.
#Cherie on Nov 26, 2015 :
I am supporting the education of a student in Ghana, WHOM I KNOW PERSONALLY AND STILL HAVE TAKEN CARE TO VERIFY HER SITUATION. Part of verifying her situation entails double checking costs with another contact in Ghana when I question. In checking with him today, I asked whether GHS 375 per month was sufficient for her food in Accra. He responded that, yes, she can live on that. Based on the amount she requested (first GHS 600 per month, then GHS 420; now I'm going to impose GHS 375) I get the sense that she won't necessarily be able to eat prepared meals from her school cafeteria, but she can purchase and prepare her own local food. For other reference, her nursing school tuition is GHS 3400 per year and her dormitory fee (which she calls a "hostel") is GHS 100 per month.

This is a girl whom I met when I traveled to Ghana in 2010 and still, I take regular precautions to be sure my money is arriving where I intend and being used for what I intend. If you are sending money to someone you have never met, I STRONGLY encourage you to stop immediately until you can verify the story of the person you are sending money to. Ghana is a beautiful place with beautiful, good people, but corruption is a common, unquestioned way of life for some. Even those who are good-hearted can be tempted by easy sources of money. Living is legitimately a challenge for many, but unfortunately, some have learned that scamming distant do-gooders is a profitable way to make a healthy income. They know the right stories to tell, the right heartstrings to pull, and the false profiles that trigger the most sympathy and urgency. While in Ghana, I used an internet cafe where three men were changing seats among a full row of computers, each with a different social media screen open. I can't accuse them without knowing for sure, but their body language and communication with each other made me suspect that they were talking with foreigners and working together on a scheme.

I don't want to talk any donor out of sponsoring a worthy recipient. My nursing student's life will truly be changed for the inexpensive degree I'm able to help her earn. However, I also don't want any donor to be stripped of hard-earned money, simply for having been scammed by a clever internet user. There are plenty of the latter. It’s true that internet cafes cost by the minute, so anyone with internet access has some disposable cash. Additionally, if you’re sending money somewhere like Western Union, most people have to travel to pick it up, which may require paying for the ride. If you’re sending money only due to feeling pressured, simply tell the person that your financial situation has changed and you need to pause or stop. Then do your homework and make a wise decision. Good luck.
#Anonymous on Jul 17, 2015 :
How, bad is the situation in accra, Ghana. Is it very poor there. I have been taking to a lady there.
#Skeptical on Mar 17, 2015 :
Beware! I was recently told by a man from Ghana that he only makes $100 / month... Even though he works 40+ hours a week!?! Out of that, he pays for daughter's daycare, food, rent and car insurance. He asked how much I make... Acting curious of wages in US. Just gave him a round-about number and he acted offended like I was lying because "only a senator or governor makes that much in Ghana"... I'm thinking he's just trying to scam money from me!!! According to my calculations, based on what he said, he only makes $.65/ hr.
#Bernie on Feb 23, 2015 :
I doubt that any of the cost you are speaking of can be true, because my husband and daughter are in ghana and his full monthly wage is 300GHC and he covers cost of living, schooling etc., only rent he doesn't pay and we never pay such prices for rice etc. Do you shop in the local markets or do you go to the big shopping malls which have high prices.

Nikki Farina i suggest you stop sending money asap no mater how much your pressured to send more because you have no proof of these people being legit and look at things in an honest and intelligent way---if they can't afford money for food then please explain to me how they can afford Ghana's expensive internet services to be on line---truth is they wouldn't because they would spend the money on food---so you could be looking at a scammer.
#Nikki Farina on Jan 14, 2015 :
I have been in contact with a woman in Ghana who sounds like a real sweetheart. On top of it, if the pictures and webcam are true, she's a "10"! She has been telling me how tough it is for her and her mom to afford food. I have sent some money, but am feeling pressure from her to send more. Am wondering if I am being scammed. I will feel awful if everything is true and I don't help out. If anyone has any thoughts on this, please feel free to contact me. At Thanks!
#Peter Boling on Dec 15, 2014 :
These are the basics people are reporting to me as costs as of December 2014:

These are estimates for providing for about 30 people, mostly adults.
The first number is how many days it will last, and the second number is the cost in GHS (cedis).
The exchange rate will vary, but at 318 GHS per $100 USD the first item, Rice 100 lbs Bag for 240 GHS is about $75 USD.

Overall right now I can provide for about 45 people for 2 weeks on $800 USD. Food in Ghana is way more expensive than rent.

Rice 100 lbs Bag 9 240
Coal Big Bag 7 70
Red Oil Big Jug 7 100
Pepa Bucket 3.5 30
Cassava Root Big Bag 5 98
Cassava Root Small Bag 2 30
Yam Big Bag 5.5 100
Mega Big Pack 14 50
Salt 14 30
Soap 11 40
#Steinar johannessen on Nov 10, 2014 :
Hello i just wondering what will be the cost of making rice with ghana soup for seven people
#Ametornu on Sep 22, 2014 :
I am highly concerned about the average cost of living per person.if monthly recommended minimum amount of money for food per person is320.44$ How much is the monthly salary for the average workers?
2.Some newly employed have worked for more than a year without pay.what do their employers thought they are eating and how long does it take to prepare pay check. The central government should try to address this issue.
#Anonymous on Sep 13, 2014 :
i want to know the basmati rices in
ghana along with price per kg.please email me
#anil kumar on Mar 09, 2014 :
What is a cauliflower costs in Ghana Accra
#ANIRUDH JOSHI on Feb 25, 2014 :
i want to know the variety of rices available in ghana along with price per kg.please email me
#oscar on Jan 17, 2014 :
my name is oscar and i want to know a price of per kilo or tone of sweet potato email address is
#anderson yeboah on Jan 10, 2014 :
Things are difficult guys.....dont even know who decides the price
#Ellie Young on May 31, 2013 :
I have been talking to a family in Ghana and they are telling me that they do not have enough food to eat everyday. This is really concerning me. Could this be true? What kind of health care is there for poor people?