By: Linda Dede Nyanya Godji Incoom
Ghana’s agricultural landscape has witnessed a remarkable transformation in recent years, thanks to his visionary leadership in agribusiness. As the founder and CEO of Agri-Impact Group, Mr. Daniel Fahene Acquaye is transforming agriculture and inspiring change for a sustainable future in Ghana and Africa.
With funds from the Skills Development Fund. His consulting firm, Agri Impact, set up the first greenhouse training Centre in Ghana at Brekusu. It is currently the largest greenhouse training centre in the country, where people from other African countries come for training.
The Ghana Exim Bank, helped to further expand the greenhouse project in Ghana. Today, his pioneering work has garnered widespread recognition, with both government and private entities flocking in to witness the remarkable impact of his initiatives.
Born and raised in Sunyani, Ghana, Mr. Daniel Acquaye developed a deep-rooted passion for agriculture from an early age. Growing up in a family of farmers, he experienced the vital role agriculture played in the economic growth of his community. He also recognized the challenges that farmers faced due to unpredictable weather conditions and limited access to modern farming technologies.
Driven by a desire to make a positive difference, Mr. Daniel Acquaye pursued a degree in Agri-business from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, followed by a second degree from the University of Ghana. Equipped with a solid educational foundation and a burning ambition to transform Ghana’s agricultural sector, he embarked on a journey that would change the landscape of farming in the country.
Why did he introduce Greenhouse?
The idea of introducing greenhouse farming in Ghana sprouted from Mr. Acquaye’s pursuit of innovative and climate-smart solutions to improve agricultural productivity. Recognizing the need for a more controlled and efficient environment for crop cultivation, he believed that greenhouse farming held the key to empowering local farmers and enhancing agricultural productivity.
With unwavering determination, he embarked on a mission to educate farmers, secure funding, and establish partnerships with suppliers. “Our motivation was to empower local farmers with a more controlled and efficient environment for crop cultivation, reducing the impact of unpredictable weather conditions and increasing year-round production. “Introducing greenhouse in Ghana came by when I saw how effective and how it has so much health benefits compared to the traditional farming. What motivated me is when I realized a lot of people were not taking it serious and Ghana Exim Bank brought up the idea to support and provide funding for Greenhouse.” He added.
With the support of Exim bank in Ghana, Agri Impact became the game changer for greenhouse farming in Ghana. Ghana’s greenhouse enclave, which is seated on ninety (90) hectres of land on the about one thousand (1000) hectares of the Agric Ministry’s Dawhenya Irrigation enclave has 40 hectares of it belonging to Agri Impact.
Greenhouse farming, though expensive, is currently gaining ground in Ghana. It has helped make agriculture attractive to the youth by leveraging technology and ensuring Ghanaians get to eat high-quality vegetables at competitive prices. Greenhouse farming is expected to significantly reduce Ghana’s vegetable imports in the medium term.
The introduction of this remarkable technology in Ghana was not devoid of challenges; however, Mr. Acquaye’s conviction that a better Ghana is possible and his zeal to contribute to achieving that encouraged him to rise above all odds to overcome the challenges. The impact has been nothing short of extraordinary. With increased crop yields, reduced post-harvest losses, and consistent crop quality, farmers and youths who have been enrolled on Agri Impacts Greenhouse farming projects have experienced a remarkable improvement in their livelihoods. The adoption of greenhouse technology has not only provided employment opportunities but has also contributed to food security and economic growth in the country.
“It’s not every time that we need White people- Europeans or Americans to come and do something. This is our own; we must take our destiny into our own hands, so irrespective of the challenges, we will still do it.” Mr Daniel Fahene Acquaye proclaimed.
Today, the success of Mr. Daniel Acquaye’s endeavors has attracted the attention of government officials, private investors, and agricultural enthusiasts alike. Agri Impact Group’s projects especially the greenhouse projects have attracted several delegations all over Africa and the world to come and learn.
Several projects undertaken by Agri-impact Limited have become a beacon of hope and inspiration for Ghana’s agricultural sector. One remarkable Greenhouse project he embarked was the the Youth in Greenhouse Enterprise Project (YUGEP), where several young people had the opportunity to be trained in Greenhouse.
Mr. Daniel Fahene Acquaye’s journey as a young CEO in the agribusiness space has been defined by a commitment to sustainable practices and a passion for empowering farmers. His dedication to transform agriculture in Ghana and beyond has earned him accolades and recognition as a trailblazer in the field.
One of the most remarkable achievements in his career was when he helped a group of smallholder farmers transition to greenhouse farming. Within a year, their income and productivity had substantially increased, showcasing the potential of sustainable agribusiness practices. As the agricultural landscape continues to evolve, Mr. Acquaye’s vision and leadership serve as an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs. The Greenhouse project has contributed to the consistent supply of fresh and quality produce especially vegetables on the Ghanaian Market. Mr. Acquaye’s vision is to see every Ghanaian whether rich or poor be able to afford quality vegetables to stay healthy.
His advice to those venturing into the greenhouse space is to conduct thorough research, build strong networks, and embrace a long-term vision. “With patience, determination, and a commitment to continuous learning, success in this industry is within reach.” He added.
In conclusion, Mr. Daniel Fahene Acquaye’s unwavering commitment to transforming Ghana’s agricultural sector through the introduction of greenhouse farming has left an indelible mark. His relentless pursuit of innovative solutions and his passion for empowering farmers have paved the way for a sustainable future in agribusiness. Ghana and the entire African continent stand to benefit from his visionary leadership and unwavering dedication to revolutionizing agriculture.
Professional career brief
Mr. Daniel Acquaye has been in the Agri-business space for over 20 years. He still loves and has passion for his work. He has 3 patents in the USA and has worked with international organizations like the UN, World Bank, African Development bank, UNDP, African Union, NEPAD, GIZ, Danish Embassy, Netherlands embassy and over 30 countries in Africa. He also worked Bioprocess in the USA.
About Agri impact Group
Agri Impact Group of companies comprises of three strong companies. Leading the charge is Agri-Impact Consult Limited (AIL) is a private agribusiness firm with a decade-long track record of providing exceptional agricultural advisory, project management and development services.
The second is the 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 third company is the Fresh Logistics Limited (FLL), specializes in the sales and marketing of high-quality fresh vegetables produced under stringent quality control standards. By ensuring that the produce meets international standards, FLL has successfully positioned Ghana as a reliable supplier of fresh agricultural products.