By: Linda Dede Nyanya Godji Incoom
In an effort to revolutionize the agricultural landscape, the Agri Impact Group, which comprises three influential companies, is driving the development of agribusiness in Ghana and across Africa. Through innovative approaches, the group has made significant contributions to boosting productivity, empowering local farmers, youth in agribusiness, and fostering economic growth in the sector.
Leading the charge is Agri-Impact Limited (AIL), a private agribusiness firm with a decade-long track record of providing exceptional agricultural advisory services and project development. Since its establishment in 2010, AIL has been at the forefront of tackling agricultural challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa. Collaborating with like-minded stakeholders, including agro-processing firms, government agencies, and international organisations, AIL has extended its reach to over 20 countries on the continent.
AIL’s comprehensive suite of agribusiness solutions has been instrumental in enhancing productivity, profitability, and competitiveness for entrepreneurs and small to medium-scale enterprises operating in the agro-industry. Offering tailor made services and cutting-edge solutions, AIL has empowered these businesses to overcome obstacles and taken opportunities in the agricultural value chain.
Another key member of the Agri Impact Group is Agribusiness in Sustainable Natural African Plant Products (ASNAPP), an international NGO established in 1999. ASNAPP’s primary mission is to alleviate poverty and hunger in rural African communities through sustainable production, harvesting, and marketing of indigenous plant products. The organization achieves this by bridging the gap between traditional African plant knowledge and modern scientific research, technology transfer, quality control, product development, enterprise development, and market access.
ASNAPP’s network of institutional capacities and its dedication to promoting sustainable practices have been pivotal in transforming agribusiness in Ghana and Africa as a whole. Connecting local farmers with vital resources, knowledge, and markets, ASNAPP has enabled rural communities to thrive economically while preserving their natural resources and cultural heritage.
Another member of the Agri Impact Group is Fresh Logistics Limited (FLL). FLL specializes in the sales and marketing of high-quality fresh vegetables produced under stringent quality control standards. Ensuring that the products meet international standards, FLL has successfully positioned Ghana as a reliable supplier of fresh agricultural products. This has opened up new opportunities for Ghanaian farmers to access global markets and increase their incomes significantly.
The remarkable contributions of the Agri Impact Group have not gone unnoticed. The Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Bryan Acheampong has recently applauded Agri-Impact Group for championing the use of greenhouse technology in tackling food insecurity and post-harvest losses in Ghana amidst issues of climate change experienced around the world. This was during his visit to Agri Impact Group’s greenhouse project site in Dawhenya. The biggest Greenhouse project in the country.
The Group consistently welcomes numerous delegations from around the globe to learn from them.
The Agri Impact Group’s commitment to project implementation has been evident in its successful initiatives, such as the Entrepreneurship for Opportunity Actualisation (EOpAct). Smallholder Inclusive Productivity and Market Access-(SIPMA), Productivity Enhancement for Vegetable Value Chain Actors-(PEVVA), etc. Additionally, their services encompass agricultural project development, agribusiness investment facilitation, inclusive business and financing models, market facilitation and linkages, SME business development, and value chain training.
With projects spanning 30 countries across the African continent, the Agri Impact Group has solidified its reputation as a game-changer in agribusiness management. By collaborating with various funding partners, including USAID, AGRA, and the Government of Ghana, they have effectively addressed critical gaps in agro-processing, farmer capacity building, quality control, and market access.
As the Agri Impact Group continues to spearhead transformative initiatives in Ghana and Africa, their tireless efforts are propelling the agribusiness sector toward sustainable growth, poverty reduction, and improved livelihoods. Their collective impact serves as an inspiration to other organisations and individuals committed to shaping a prosperous and food-secure future for the continent.