The United States Agency for international Development (USAID) and Feed the Future’s Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement (ADVANCE) project has engaged key partners ahead of the 8th Annual Pre-harvest Agribusiness Conference and exhibition event.
Over the past seven years, the event has been fully organized by the USAID-ADVANCE project, but this 8th edition is to be organized in partnership with Agrihouse Foundation and the World Food Programme (WFP) after which Agrihouse takes absolute control of organisation for subsequent ones.
The purpose for the partnership is to scale up from just one day to a 3-day duration, and to sustain the event for many years ahead.
The Pre-harvest Agribusiness Conference and Exhibition event is aimed at promoting business partnership among value chain actors – especially farmers, buyers, processors, transporters, input dealers, equipment dealers and policymakers among others.
Chief of Party-USAID ADVANCE Programme, Emmanuel Dormon, has said that the goal of ADVANCE is to reduce poverty in the three Northern Regions of Ghana by developing networks and creating platforms for the farmers to get market for their products, which is their major problem.
“The idea of no markets for farm products leads to low risk, low output and low productivity, and we aimed at changing that perception by bringing them closer to business or buyers – thus bringing producers, buyers and other middlemen together,” he said.
The event also seeks to accelerate the transformation of agribusiness in northern Ghana with government’s Planting for Food and Job Programme; provide a strong drive for agro-processors to source raw materials locally; to bring together a growing brand of agribusiness entrepreneurs; and to learn lessons from development partner interventions.
The Managing Director of Yara Ghana, Danquah Addo-Yobo, said Yara is in partnership with oganisers of the event as a crop nutrition company to educate them on research-based fertilizer application, and to get feedback through practical experiments.
Also present at the partnership engagement were Kosmos Energy, which are focused on helping the youth build agricultural chain technology through its Kosmos Innovation Centre Initiative; Interplast Limited, developer of Ingreen Irrigation technology to make possible all year-round farming; and LK Ghana Limited.
USAID-ADVANCE, WFP, Agrihouse Foundation, Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Northern Development Authority are organising partners while key sponsors include: Yara Ghana, Ecobank, Kosmos Energy, Mel Consult, Foundries, Interplast, Dizengoff, RMG and Hatoum Trading.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-ADVANCE, a wing of USAID responsible for the organisation of Pre-Harvest Agribusiness, Northern Ghana, has engaged its key stakeholders ahead of this year’s event.