Since time immemorial, hunger has managed to stay in vogue despite the colossal benefit of agriculture. Despite plentiful harvest that is often recorded around the world, a myriad of factors have ensured that a significant number of people worldwide have hunger staring them in the face.

Today, the world is rallying a united front to fashion out a practical solution to address this challenge – along with expanding agricultural land and intensifying crop yields – the world is also relying on global agricultural trade to meet the nutritional demands of growing world population.

While this is a welcome development, human-induced climate change has recently come to the fore as a budding threat to world food security.

According to recent studies, climate change will affect global markets by reshaping agricultural trading patterns. Some regions may not be able to battle climate impacts on agriculture, in which case production of key commodities will decline or shift to new regions.

Increasingly, negative impacts of climate change on agricultural production have preoccupied farmers and decision-makers across the world. The concern is increasingly shared by governments including those most hostile to the advancement of climate change mitigation.

Even the United States, which has opted out of the Paris Agreement , acknowledged at last year’s G7 summit that climate change was one of a number of threats to “our capacity to feed a growing population and needed to be taken into serious consideration”.

The UN median population projection suggests that the world population will reach some 10 billion in 2050. Between 2000 and 2010, roughly 66% of the daily energy intake per person, about 7,322 kilojoules, was derived from four key commodities: wheat, rice, coarse grains and oilseeds. However, the most recent UN report on food security and nutrition shows that world hunger is on the rise again and scientists believe this is due to climate change.
Agricultural production is significantly affected by climate change. This is because climate change and the implementation of a carbon mitigation policy have different effects on regions’ agricultural production and economy.
Recently, it has emerged that, regardless of the carbon policy scenarios, Sub-Saharan Africa will become the greatest importer of coarse grains, rice, soybeans and wheat by 2050. This significant change in Sub-Saharan Africa imports is driven by the fact that the largest increase in human population by 2050 will occur in this region, with a significant increase in food demand.

A recent report published by the European Commission about the challenges of global agriculture in a climate change context by 2050 highlights that
…emission mitigation measures (i.e. carbon pricing) have a negative impact on primary agricultural production […] across all models.
However, the report does not mention the technological costs to buffer (or adapt to) the effect of climate change on agriculture.
Changes in the agricultural system due to climate are inevitable. It is time to create a sense of urgency about our agricultural vulnerabilities to climate change, and begin seriously minimizing risk.

The Ghanaian Situation

Climate change is a global phenomenon. This means Ghana, like other countries of the world have to join in the collective fight to mitigate the often expansive effect of climate change.

In Ghana, the effects of climate change are becoming too obvious to miss. Irregular rain pattern and a consequent drop in crop yield are some of the signs that have confirmed the significant impact of climate change in Ghana.

But in a country where more than 60 per cent of farmers are illiterates, it will take some effort to drive home the need to give up certain traditional practices in favour of progressive best practices that have proven apt in many instances.

The Ghanaian media is an undeniable ally of the agriculture industry. At the height of the malignant galamsey menace that literally threatened the best of the country’s arable land, the media stood firm, pushed leadership to act and monitored progress to ensure that the wanton destruction of the Ghanaian environment was checked.

The important role played by the vibrant media make it an indispensable partner for the onslaught to mitigate the effects of climate change, particularly on agriculture.

The local agric industry is highly portentous, with a direct influence on the country’s GDP. This means that no effort should be spared if we will continually savour the monumental benefits derivable from agriculture.

As many current media footages portray, the menacing effect of climate change appears like a force in full Ghana we must be thankful that we have not suffered any climate induced mishap of national proportion. This should however spur us to put in place effectual policies and programs that will help improve the environment, while keeping potentially devastating effects of climate change at bay.

Agriculture represents more to Ghana than an industry. It is the lifeblood of Ghana and must therefore be protected from within and without. Currently, climate change has proven to be a threat that requires rapt attention, It therefore behooves on all agric- industry stakeholders, particularly the government to work collectively with others to ensure that agriculture is not swept into an abyss by the marauding wind of climate change.

While at it, we must also make effort to inculcate best practices from around the world that have proven efficacious. This way, we can lessen the effect of climate change and safeguard the local agriculture industry to ensure more jobs, food and a consequently boost the economy.



Africa has over the years been exploring ways to make agriculture attractive to its teeming youth. The continent’s   farming populations are ageing and the young educated people expected to take over the occupation are dragging their feet due to the lack of necessary resources like land, inputs and technology and most importantly, motivation to seek full-time career opportunities in the sector.

Africa has more than 60 per cent of the world’s fertile but uncultivated land and the continent imports $35 billion to $50 billion of food per year, reports the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa. This narrative presents a bitter-sweet picture because while the continent’s potential is too obvious to sidestep, the youth have struggled to fully appreciate the immense opportunities inherent in agriculture.

According to a recent report by the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) in 2017, the agenda to attract educated young people into farming (agriculture) “has to focus on the challenges that discourage them from farming (agriculture).”

This calls for practical effort that deliberately engages the youth as the focal point of a reawakening designed to ignite, nurture and point agric-students to the limitless window of opportunities presented by agriculture.

AG-STUD Africa (Agric students Career Guidance and Mentorship Dialogue Bootcamp), represents the best example yet of how to effectively prepare the youth to identify and take advantage of exciting career opportunities that will put them on the path to prosperity.

AG-STUD Africa 2019 is a-three-day student capacity building boot-camp scheduled for Thursday, February 21 – Saturday, February 23, and intended to specifically target students of agricultural science and beginner agribusinesses. The maiden edition of the programme came off in 2018, in Accra with an impressive turnout and a generally positive outcome. Ghanaian and foreign Agric-institutions numbering 320,  took part in the first edition held in Accra.

Agrihouse Foundation, the organisers of the event is an ardent proponent of Ghanaian agriculture and its ability to cause far-reaching societal advancement. That is why for the second time in as many years, the firm has again partnered with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Intervelle and the J.A Kuffour Foundation to roll-out what promises to be a bigger, better and more impactful AG-STUD Africa 2019.

This year’s event has been packaged to consolidate the significant gains made during the maiden edition.

“Last year was great. The feedback was overwhelming and so we are poised to deliver our best effort yet.


We have critically reviewed the programme modules to include practical sessions that we believe will go a long way to ensure that we groom the next generation of agro professionals who will rely on a cocktail of zest, tact and expertise to ensure that Ghana and in extension, Africa realises the huge potential in her agriculture sector.” she avowed.

This year, participants are expected to be taken through a sequence of carefully thought-out program-modules that will reinforce their interest and love for the agricultural discipline and consequently pave a clear path for rewarding future careers in the industry.

Billed under the theme, “Growing Futures- Enabling the Agri-Youth”, this year’s edition of the programme has been designed to unfold under the following program-modules:

Mentorship dialogue

Unlike other career paths, an attempt at pitching tent in the agriculture industry could be a lonely one. This is because for many, agriculture doesn’t have the allure that is associated with other supposed prestigious careers.

This situation has been identified by organisers as a snag that smothers the dreams of many agric-students before their dreams have a realistic chance of seeing the light of day. This apparent disincentive has led the organizers to include a programme-module that is designed to provide students with an opportunity to interact with seasoned industry personalities who will act as mentors by sharing relevant experiences that will also give students the opportunity to ask and receive illumination on niggling questions about career dynamics in the agriculture industry.

Business Plan Development Challenge

A practical training session designed to teach students the rudiments of investor friendly business plan development has also been included to ensure that participants are adequately equipped to take advantage of funding opportunities.

The competitive nature of this module will hope to encourage innovative thinking among the participants. Students who excel will be awarded to serve as an incentive.

Agri-career Educational tour

 To help participants gain practical insight into the operational intricacies of renowned industry-firms, this year’s edition of the program has been structured to include an exciting trip that will see participant’s tour the operational facilities of some firms within the agriculture value chain to give them first hand feel of what goes on in these establishments. This is expected to expose students to first-hand information on what it takes to work in such establishments and their role in the development of the industry.

The firms earmarked for the field tour this year are Golden exotics, Living Field, Yara Terminal, RST, Dream Arce Farms and Interplast.

Career opportunities and motivational discussions

To stir up the interest of the participants, the programme outline has a segment that will see industry stalwarts and other prominent personalities take turns to discuss and make presentations on how to identify and seize career opportunities in the agric sector.

Rousing sessions detailing the inspiring tales of successful start-ups will be highlighted to encourage and deepen the interest of the participants in agriculture and point them to the endless opportunities available in the industry.

Initiatives and Invention Exhibition

Students participating in Ag-stud 2019 will be given the opportunity to exhibit their innovations and inventions. An exhibition to showcase participant’s innovative ideas will be featured throughout the duration of the event to encourage students to display innovative ideas that hitherto will lie unexplored.

Students who excel in this programme module will receive incentives that will further embolden them to move their inventions several notches higher, with hope that it becomes useful to the local industry in the near-future.

Military drills

To emphasize the importance of discipline, team cohesion and physical fitness, this edition of the programme has been structured to feature military-styled drills that will engage participating students. Arrangements have been concluded to have military instructors who will work with the participants in a friendly atmosphere to ensure that exciting memories savoured by participants will endure a life time.

AG-STUD 2019 is a timely intervention that has come to stay. From an impactful maiden edition, the program has become a vital cog in national efforts aimed at encouraging the youth to make bold decisions to seek a career in the country’s budding agriculture sector. Providing a platform that seeks to comprehensively nurture agric-students through mentorship of seasoned personalities, is certain to go considerable lengths to increase youth participation in the industry and consequently develop agriculture.

About the Organizers

Foremost agro firm, Agrihouse Foundation is the brain behind AGSTUD. As part of its efforts to galvanize the youth to take center-stage in the country’s budding agriculture sector, the pro-agriculture firm has identified and prioritized the need to have a win-them-young- approach to agriculture education in the country and indeed, the African continent.

Agrihouse Foundation is a non-governmental agricultural social impact, interventional, project management and capacity building organization, with a special focus on the promotion of, and changing perception of agriculture through tactical programs and initiatives for students, women, farmers, farming associations, agribusinesses and the entire actors within the value chain.

The foundation’s initiatives focuses on empowerment, grooming, leadership, best practices, management training programs, etc. that leads to effecting positive change in the mind, field, economy and translate to the community.

AGSTUD Africa is here to turn the tide in favour of agriculture through a deliberate attempt to make the youth the primary force for propelling the industry. Through an all-inclusive youth agric participation, young agro professionals will be compelled to stay-on in agric-enterprises instead of continuing the uninspiring trajectory where brilliant and promising agric- students diverge into other areas of endeavour thought to be more prestigious.

AG-STUD 2019 will camp, train and mentor selected participants from about 25 institutions including KNUST, UDS, University of Ghana, University of Cape-coast, Kwadaso Agric College, Damongo Agric College, Fair River Institute, Animal Health, AsuanzI Farm Institute, Ejura Agric College, Adidome Agric College, KITA, selected Senior High School students, beginner agribusinesses and small agribusiness start-ups across the country.  The event will be facilitated by individual experts from the agricultural sector, as well as other relevant sectors such as the military.

Some 320 participants selected from 20 institutions in Ghana attended the maiden edition with H.E former President J.J Rawlings in attendance.

The Agric Students Career Guidance and Mentorship Dialogue Bootcamp (AG-STUD Africa 2019), is collectively sponsored by, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, JAK Foundation, Petrosol, Far East Mercantile, Interplast, OCP, LaBianca, RMG, Omnifert, Blue Skies, Intervelle, B-diet, Virgin Squeeze, Field Ready, Bel Beverages, Indomie, Bisdo Events and Agro Volta, B. Kaakyire Agro Chemical.


Lead Consultant and Founder – Agrihouse Communications and Agrihouse Foundation



The importance of women to agriculture is well documented. In Ghana, there is a stockpile of academic and media articles consistently pointing to the need for more practical support for them.

In a recent submission, Dr Heather Cameron, the Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana, added her voice to calls for improved support for women when she said women contribute 60 per cent to the growth of agriculture in Ghana and, therefore, deserved equal opportunities as men in the sector.
She said men were given many opportunities in the agriculture to the disadvantage of women, despite their enormous contribution towards socio-economic development.

Speaking at a recent conference organised by the Canadian High Commission, in collaboration with Agence Francaise de Development on the theme: “Gender Equality through Agriculture in Ghana”, She spoke effusively about her country’s commitment to partnering Ghana to promote employment and increase productivity to enhance economic growth.

Dr Cameron said Canada was willing to help Ghana to modernise its agriculture and strengthen the value chain of food security. “Our development firms are helping Ghana to export food crops including cocoa to Canada,” she said.

The rather gloomy narrative of women engaged in agriculture is sadly one that reverberates across the continent of Africa. This is reflected in a riveting study by the World Bank group dubbed “Breaking the ‘Grass Ceiling’: Empowering Women Farmers”

According to the 2018 study, Women must be at the centre of any effort to promote sustainable agriculture, reduce hunger and improve rural livelihoods. This is because despite the fact that Women make up almost half of the agricultural labour force in developing countries, their production is limited by barriers to finance, inputs, extension services and land rights.
The introductory part of the study read “Agricultural skills, knowledge and encouragement should be taught to daughters from a young age to help change antiquated social structures and cultural norms.

New technologies and training are critical for women farmers to be able to build resilience in the face of climate change. Around the world, 815 million people suffer from hunger. That number could be significantly reduced if women farmers had the same rights and resources as their male counterparts, and were empowered to contribute fully to the food system.
Women are central to agriculture and make a strong contribution to food security and nutrition at both the household and community levels. In many developing countries, they make up almost half of the agricultural labour force, but their production is limited by barriers to finance, inputs, and extension services, as well as land ownership and rights.”

On the level of commitment from stakeholders on the continent, the report called on all to support women to ensure that women are further equipped to make incredible gains.

“As the world works towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which pledges to “leave no one behind,” how can we ensure that women farmers – often one of the most marginalized groups – are truly prioritized and not left behind? To mark International Women’s Day, we asked female farmers, researchers and entrepreneurs from around the world for their ideas on how best to empower women and close the gender gap in agriculture.”

Overcoming Social and Cultural Barriers

“For so long, women have been neglected when it comes to all forms of support: functional literacy, financial, knowledge and technology,” says Professor Ruth Oniang’o, founder and leader of the Rural Outreach Programme, editor-in-chief of the Africa Journal of Food, Nutrition and Development, and one of the winners of the 2017 Africa Food Prize. “We should move away from rhetoric and truly involve women in all facets of development.”
Katrina Sasse, an Australian cereal farmer and 2017 Nuffield Australia Scholar adds that “structural and cultural issues within agriculture must change for the gender gap to close.”

For generations, antiquated norms have dictated the social structure of rural communities. Women farmers are often relegated to unpaid farm work and household tasks while men receive training, resources and land. Sasse explains that “the tradition of passing a farm down to a son means males continue to have greater influence and power within agriculture.” But social structures can be changed. “To break this pattern of family farm succession,” says Sasse, “parents need to be doing more to encourage their daughters to take over the farm. It is not enough to just say, ‘you can farm if you want to.’ It is really important that skills and knowledge be transferred and taught to daughters from a young age. When it becomes normal for a young woman to say: ‘I will take over the family farm one day,’ that is when we can start to celebrate the closing of the gender gap in agriculture.”

Preparing for the Future through Training and Technology

Access to modern, labour-saving technologies is also critical for women in agriculture. Esther Ngumbi, a post-doctoral researcher at Auburn University and founder of Oyeska Greens, an agricultural start-up in Kenya, notes that “game-changing technologies are already available” and need to be provided to women farmers – especially now, as they face the threat of climate change.
“The rapidly changing climate is making it very hard for women to make agriculture work,” says Ngumbi. “The rains are not raining when they are supposed to. The temperatures are extremely high. However, newer agricultural innovations are also being rolled out every day. We can help women farmers by making sure they have access to these game-changing innovations so that they can farm and make agriculture work.” And with new tools and technologies comes a need for training and education. Ngumbi advocates for extension services and affordable, government-sponsored programs to train women in agriculture. “Agricultural extension has to be ramped up to ensure that women farmers know what these technologies are and that they know how to use them,” she says. “We have to take it to the grassroots levels and meet women farmers where they are.”

Entrepreneur Mercy Melody Kayodi agrees. “The information age we are in is precisely what we need. The majority of women farmers are willing to go commercial, but need to be informed on how best they can achieve and earn more from farming.” As Director of Education and Programs at Broadfield Enterprises Uganda, Kayodi establishes training sessions for in permaculture, and believes that “more funding in technology, innovation, and education” is critical for helping women farmers.

Training and education can provide a lasting foundation for better farms and livelihoods, according to Professor Oniang’o. “Smallholder women farmers do not need hand-outs, and they do not want favours,” Oniang’o says. “They need long-term relevant training. With the right support, women can rid Africa of hunger, malnutrition and poverty.”

Financing Women in Agriculture

A successful, third-generation poultry farmer in Jamaica, Shelly-Ann Dinnall has overcome multiple obstacles in her career. After Hurricane Sandy destroyed part of her farm in 2012, she was able to recover and ultimately expand her farm, thanks to good relationships with her bankers. But many women farmers are not as lucky.

Shelly-Ann Dinnall says that when it comes to finance, “women farmers are at a disadvantage because they often don’t have the resources to satisfy the stringent banking requirements.” Without better access to suitable financial services, including credit, savings and insurance, women in agriculture will continue to lag behind. Microfinance institutions and other financial service providers with a presence in rural areas can play a key role in closing the gender gap by allocating resources specifically to women farmers and targeting gender-based barriers.

“Women are the backbone of most developing countries and it is beneficial to a country’s economy to empower women in agriculture,” says Dinnall. “Financial institutions are very important to this movement. They can create special programs that will encourage existing female farmers and target potential female farmers to invest in the agriculture sector.”
And these female farmers are the future. They are at the frontlines of climate change and they are advocates for nutrition. They are connecting and communicating through mobile phones, social networks and community groups. In certain areas of the world, they are taking over farms completely, as young men migrate to urban areas.

In her work as a Nuffield Scholar, Sasse has had the opportunity to meet and interview countless women farmers. “Many of the women I met were so motivated and passionate about farming and the agricultural industry that they found themselves wearing an array of hats – the farmer, the industry leader and community champion,” she says. “Some had off-farm careers as well as managing their own farm and at some stage, balancing all of this plus raising children. The agricultural sector needs to be ready for women to achieve all of those things simultaneously.”

The Ghana effort

In Ghana, the role of women cannot be underestimated as they constitute more than half the agricultural labour force. This obvious significance of women to the sector has seen the government and other stakeholders work assiduously to advance the cause of women.

The creation of Women in Agriculture (WIAD) directorate at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFAD) has created a practical outlet for government to channel resources that will specifically meet the needs of women.

Similarly, collaboration between local NGOs and development partners have recently emerged as a frontier in renewed efforts to speedily advance the cause of women in agriculture.

At Agrihouse Foundation, our initiatives such as the Women in Food and Agricultural Leadership Forum and Expo (WOFAGRIC), Gold in the Soil Awards,  Agric Students Career Guidance and Mentorship Dialogue Bootcamp (AG-STUD AFRICA), the Annual Pre-harvest Agribusiness Exhibitions and Conference, among others, is in no uncertain terms, contributing its quota in making a huge social impact, developing and shaping their agribusiness mindset to becoming leaders in their business space, efficiently managing their production and processing cycles and supporting them to build diverse market access and links.

While the budding progress of the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative is proof of the vital role women play in agriculture, it also crucial that we collectively work hard to ensure that the plight of women in agriculture is improved to reflect a positive narrative.


Source Credit: A significant part of this piece was obtained from a recent World Bank Group publication dated March 6, 2018.




Being in its second year, The Agric students career and mentorship dialogue presents an opportunity to gain good knowledge and experience the worth of Agriculture in a more dynamic, exciting, engaging, competitive and fruitful environment.

AG-STUD Africa is a platform designed by Agrihouse Foundation to support in leading the charge for youth agric reawakening. Aside creating an avenue for agric students’ socialization, the event is an excellent avenue through which the agenda bordering on the importance of active youth participation in agric is set.

The program  seeks to  develop youth and students  leadership, discuss the challenges and opportunities in the corporate world of agribusiness, the value chain system, farm management skills for beginning farmers or agriculturist and additionally encourage them to apply those abilities in their organizations.

The maiden edition of this program was held last year at the M-Plaza Hotel under the theme “Growing Futures”. The event was well attended by about 300 representatives from various Agricultural Colleges in Ghana, selected tertiary institutions and some second cycle institutions in the Country, including Landmark University in Nigeria.

It was a three (3) day boot camp with the emphasis on mentorship, training, educational field tours and business pitching session with the view of equipping the Agric students to take advantage of the various opportunities the agricultural ecosystem presents. On the final day of the event, students had the opportunity to be hosted by the former president, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings at a “Presidential student’s dinner and awards night”.


This year’s boot camp, themed “Growing Futures, Enabling the Agri-Youth”, seeks to support and enable the beginner agriprinuers walk through the process of understanding, appreciating, Initiating, innovating, preparing to lead and or seeking guidance in establishing a sustainable and profitable Agribusiness.


The program employs agric conversations, mentorship sessions, educational training sessions, business tools and ideas presentations, field demonstrations and professional speakers in a structured setting that includes on-site experiences and tours of companies and farms.

The maiden edition of AG-STUD Africa, extremely motivated students and helped students to gain practical and better understanding to starting agribusiness, it provided job and internship opportunities for some students and the mentors were highly impressed. This has kept all of the participants in anticipation for the second edition.  

AG-STUD Africa 2019, seeks to leverage on the successes achieved from the maiden boot camp and close the gap identified in funding the Agribusiness ideas to be presented by the participating students through a pitching challenge.

To achieve the above stated objective, Industry players in the Agricultural ecosystem in Ghana, have been invited to play active roles in this year’s boot camp. These industry players will focus on bridging the gap between Academics and Industry. In doing this, it is expected that, they would take up the initiative of funding some of the outstanding business plan ideas that will be pitched by the Students.

Notable persons to engage students through this year’s event include,

–          Danquah Addo Yobo (YARA)

–          Davies Narh Korboe

–          Nana Oboadie

–          Sheila Assibey Yeboah (Hortifresh)

–           Charles Atia (Dream Consult)

  • Career Opportunities in the Agriculture Sector (A New Agric graduate, where do I start from?)




Ekow Mensah (I-Concept)
  • Using Social Media to advance Agribusiness (advertising and marketing)

Sylvia Nyante (ADB) head of agribusiness finance

Frederick Odame Phillips (KOSMOS) programs manager

  • Assessing finance for Agribusiness Start-ups


Iyad Hatoum

Nora Gao

  • Failure is Success
Nanga Kaye (WFP)
  • What Agric industry players expect from new graduates
Williams Kottey (RMG)
  • The disease to please
Gideon Konortey
  • Goat Masters
  • Irrigation
  • Soil testing van
  • Drones
  •  Social Impact Technology
  • Solar Drier


Also in this year’s edition, participants would enjoy the opportunity to be hosted at a “presidential student’s dinner and awards night” hosted by the former President of the republic of Ghana H.E. John Agyekum Kuffour to climax the event.

It is again expected that, this boot camp will provide students the opportunity to pick up internship and job opportunities from Industry players and even attract investors to promote agribusiness startups.

AGSTUD AFRICA 2019 promises to be more exciting, engaging and help students to understand, initiate and prepare to be led through guidance in establishing a sustainable and profitable Agribusiness.

Agrihouse Foundation therefore invites you on Thursday 21st of February to Saturday 23rd of February 2019, at the GNAT Hall (Nungua Estate), to join us in leading the charge for youth agric reawakening.




The second edition of the Agricultural Students Career Guidance and Mentorship Dialogue Boot Camp (AG-STUD Africa 2019) is scheduled to come off on Thursday February 21, 2019 – Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Under the theme, “Growing Futures: Enabling the Agri Youth”, the three (3) day event is aimed at developing the expertise of agric students and beginner agribusinesses by appraising them with the constant changes identified in the sector including marketing, processing, branding, input, finance, equipment, technology, land tenure among others through education and leadership programmes. In addition, the event will be an avenue through which the agenda bordering on the importance of active youth participation in agriculture will be set. It also seeks to develop youth and students leadership, discuss the challenges and opportunities in the world of business, the value chain system, and farm management skills in beginner farmers as well as encouraging them to apply those abilities in their community organizations.

The event will also involve mentorship and educational sessions, employing business tools and professional speakers in a structured setting that will include on-site tours of companies and farms.

Among activities and topics to be dealt with this year are discussions on challenges facing agric students in Africa today and how they can be solved; developing a winnable agric business plan; first-hand experience of some agricultural success case sites in a tour, exhibitions etc.

According to Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, a non-governmental agricultural social impact, mentorship, capacity building, innovation and project management organization who are the Organizers of the event in partnership with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, this year’s edition is a major improvement on the previous edition and is poised to equip participants with enough knowledge and skill in practicing in their chosen area. “We will be deeply engaged in a series of Agri conversations, dialogues, career and mentorship discussions, capacity building programmes, business talks, field tours and demonstrations. All these programmes  will support and enable the beginner agriprinuer’s walk through the process of understanding, initiating, innovating, and taking leadership roles to prepare them for the ever growing job market”. She said.  “AG-STUD AFRICA is here to shape and guide the agribusiness sector, change perceptions and possibly transform lives of our students in agric, opening them up to numerous opportunities in this new and vibrant world of business Agriculture”. She concluded.

AG-STUD 2019 is expected to camp, train and mentor about 350 selected participants from about 25 institutions including  KNUST, UDS, University of Ghana, University of Cape-coast, Kwadaso Agric College, Damongo Agric College, Fair River Institute, Animal Health, AsuanzI Farm Institute, Ejura Agric College, Adidome Agric College, KITA, selected Senior High School students, beginner agribusinesses and small agribusiness start-ups across the country.  The event  will be facilitated by individual experts from the agricultural sector, as well as other relevant sectors such as the military.

The first edition saw some 320 participants selected from 20 institutions in Ghana attending and was graced by high profile personalities including H.E former President J.J Rawlings.



It’s only a few days into the New Year and there is positive news for agriculture! I am particularly pleased because despite agriculture’s far-reaching impact on society and the development of the nation, we have not come to terms with the need to celebrate an industry that remains the undisputed lifeblood of human existence.
Before I proceed any further, I want to say a hearty afrihyeapa to all our esteemed farmers whose incredible commitment to cultivation the earth ensured that we all savoured the full excitement of the yuletide with enough food to go round. To all stakeholders who supplement the effort of our farmers to ensure that our long-held dream of putting our agriculture at par with countries like Brazil and Canada, your effort is a worthwhile endeavour that should yield positive dividends for mother Ghana soon.

Now to the positive news that has got me excited so early in the year:
Despite initial challenges that greeted the introduction of the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative, Ghana is now in a position to export foodstuffs to neighbouring Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire; statistics from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) have shown.

According to available data at MoFA, the Ejura Sekyeredumase Municipal Department of Agriculture had reported that an additional 1,291 tonnes and 144 tonnes of cowpea were exported to Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire, respectively, while 296.88 tonnes of yam went to Cote d’Ivoire alone.

Confirming this development, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, indicated that six other food commodities, totalling about 351,562 tonnes, were exported to Burkina Faso alone in 2018.

Dr Akoto further revealed that 13,394 tonnes of plantain and 16,413 tonnes of banana were exported to Burkina Faso in 2018. Dr Akoto said about 3,275 tonnes of citrus and 1,465 metric tonnes of pawpaw were carted from the same market to Burkina Faso in 2018. For ginger, he said 1,655 tonnes were exported, while 2,294 tonnes of palm fruits and 2,207 metric tonnes of palm oil were all exported to Burkina Faso. He explained that though the ministry was yet to collect full market information throughout the country, it was evident that there was a significant export of agricultural commodities to the neighbouring countries. “I engineered this whole research to strengthen the case that we are making fantastic progress with the Planting for Food and Jobs,” he explained, noting that it was a sign that the policy was succeeding.

“The essence of this exercise is to tell the world that the Planting for Food and Jobs programme has brought about so much food in the system that we are now exporting food to neighbouring countries,” Dr Akoto said.

Though one could claim that it is early days yet, I am pleased because I am a firm believer in the vital role that strategic policies play in the advancement of agriculture. Countries like Israel and Netherlands who until recently were not known for their agricultural prowess are today cynosures of agricultural brilliance because policies were crafted and followed to the latter. In similar vein I am confident that if we collectively pull our weight behind the Planting for Food and Jobs Policy, we could move our agriculture several notches higher; as recent successes have proven. For Ghana, this is the beginning of something truly special.