Your Excellency- Minister of State-Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Your Excellency Northern Regional Minister, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Honourable Traditional Leaders, Honourable Local and International Actors in the various Agricultural Value Chains in the Northern Part of Ghana, Invited guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, all Protocols observed, Thank you first of all, for being part of this important event in the Agricultural Cycle of the Northern Part of Ghana- the Pre-harvest Exhibition.

My message is simple-what is our role in this year’s theme “Transforming Agribusiness in Northern Ghana- the future starts now” and how do we align it with Government Policy, International Development Agenda as well as Corporate Vision for Rural Transformation and the SDGs and Agenda 2030.

MEL’s role is being a facilitator and bringing into fruition one of the core objectives of development agenda i.e. alleviating rural poverty and transforming the lives of small holder farmers particularly- the women and the youth in rural, peri-urban and urban areas of the nation.

The future is now and starts with each individual before it transcends corporate, Government as well as International Development Agencies- Yes it starts with you and me- our mind set, our attitude, our word and our action!

Our Mind set- That we are not challenged in any aspect of our lives

Our Attitude- That we will have a can do spirit and see challenges as opportunities to make a difference

Our word- that we will keep it truthfully and actively

Our actions- that they will speak louder than our words

That’s what we stand for as a company, as personally that is what I stand for as a Global Goals Advocate.

The ball has been in our Court for 8years and counting. With this event, the time for sustained impact is NOW! –

Thank you!