American Chamber of Commerce Awards Agrihouse Foundation for Outstanding Organization and Promotion of the 2023 U.S-Ghana Business Expo

American Chamber of Commerce Awards Agrihouse Foundation for Outstanding Organization and Promotion of the 2023 U.S-Ghana Business Expo

Agrihouse Foundation has been honoured with the prestigious American Chamber of Commerce Ghana (AmCham) Award for its exceptional organization and promotion of the 2023 U.S-Ghana Business Expo.

The distinguished accolade was presented during the 2023 AmCham Ghana Thanksgiving Dinner and Awards Night held at the Labadi Beach Hotel on Saturday, November 18, 2023, themed “U.S. and Ghana Diaspora: Agents of Development and Prosperity.”

Known for its commitment to acknowledging excellence in initiatives fostering global partnerships, the American Chamber of Commerce, Ghana (AmCham), commended Agrihouse Foundation’s unwavering dedication, contribution, and hard work in organizing and promoting the 2023 Maiden edition of the U.S-Ghana Business Expo, held at the Labadi Beach Hotel from the 10th to 11th of August 2023, under the theme “Leveraging U.S-Ghana Trade Relations for Growth and Prosperity.”

Expressing gratitude for the recognition, Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, stated, “We are honoured to receive this award from the American Chamber of Commerce. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team and the collaborative spirit that propels our mission. Serving as the event organizers for the 2023 U.S-Ghana Business Expo was both a privilege and a tremendous opportunity. We extend our sincere thanks to the American Chamber of Commerce Ghana for believing in us and entrusting us with the organization of the maiden U.S-Ghana Business Expo.”

The 2023 U.S-Ghana Business Expo, meticulously executed by Agrihouse Foundation, provided a platform for fostering bilateral trade collaborations and economic growth between the United States and Ghana.

The Expo had in attendance over 800 participants, including key industry stakeholders, entrepreneurs, government officials, business leaders from both nations, and the general public.

 The expo also had in attendance, trade delegation from the U.S. Department of Commerce led Global Diversity Export Initiative (GDEI) trade delegation that included 19 companies and six trade associations, including the National Black Chamber of Commerce, the National Business League, U.S. Black Chambers Inc., Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, the National Centre for American Indian Enterprise Development, and the Organization for Women in International Trade.

The GDEI delegation represents diverse communities and industries across the United States with a focus on information and communications technology, consumer goods, and the automotive sectors.

A significant highlight of the Expo was the trade pavilion, which featured more than 40 companies. It showcased the products and services of visiting U.S. companies and trade associations, AmCham Ghana member companies, and local companies from various industries. It also provided an opportunity for participants at the event to engage in networking activities and establish strategic relationships.

The Expo yielded tangible outcomes, facilitating strategic partnerships, fostering cross-cultural understanding, and laying the foundation for sustained economic development.

Agrihouse Foundation remains committed to its mission of fostering sustainable development through initiatives that bring nations together for mutual prosperity.

Yara Ghana Limited donates GHS 20,000.00 to Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Support of 39th National Farmers’ Day Celebrations.

Yara Ghana Limited donates GHS 20,000.00 to Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Support of 39th National Farmers’ Day Celebrations.

Yara Ghana Limited has once again demonstrated its commitment to the agricultural sector by donating an amount of twenty thousand Ghana cedis (GHS 20,000.00) to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in support of the upcoming 39th National Farmers’ Day Celebrations.

The donation, presented by Yara Ghana’s Country Manager, Ms. Theresa Randolph, is part of the company’s long-standing tradition of contributing to the annual event, scheduled to take place on Friday, December 1, 2023, under the theme ‘Delivering Smart Solutions for Sustainable Food Security and Resilience,’ reflecting the ongoing efforts to enhance agricultural practices in the country.

In her statement during the donation presentation, Ms. Theresa Randolph emphasized Yara Ghana’s dedication to supporting farmers and fortifying the agricultural sector in Ghana. She highlighted the company’s consistent contributions to the National Farmers’ Day Celebrations, both in cash and kind, as part of their broader initiatives to uplift the farming community.

“As a farmer-centric company with the farmers at the core of our business, Yara Ghana always recognizes the important role they play in the country’s development, and any intervention that seeks to reward farmers deserves our support,” said Ms. Randolph.

In addition to the financial donation for the National Farmers Day Celebrations, Yara Ghana has also been actively involved in supporting farmers at various levels by donating fertilizers to farmers on a national, regional, and district level, further contributing to the growth and sustainability of agriculture in Ghana.

Hon. Yaw Frimpong Addo, the Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture in charge of Crops and Chairman of the National Farmers’ Day Planning Committee, expressed gratitude on behalf of the Ministry for Yara Ghana’s consistent support to farmers over the years.

He commended the company for its continuous contributions to the celebration of the National Farmers’ Day and encouraged them to continue driving positive change in the agricultural sector through their various interventions, including extension support, crop clinics, research and development for cost-effective fertilizer protocols, and support for farmer-based organizations.

Yara Ghana’s ongoing commitment to the agricultural community reflects the collaborative efforts needed to ensure sustainable food security and resilience in Ghana. The company’s support goes beyond monetary contributions, encompassing a holistic approach to empower and uplift farmers across the nation.

ABOUT YARA GHANA

Yara Ghana, is a leading fertilizer company established in 2007, to strengthen the high quality of input supply and related services along the agricultural value chains in Ghana.

Yara Ghana’s key focus have always been on providing Ghanaian farmers with knowledge, crop nutrition solutions, and digital technologies that can help them improve their yields and quality in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner. This helps farmers achieve enhanced livelihoods while contributing to local, regional, and national food production, and to ensuring Ghana’s long-term food security.

Exploring Collaborative Opportunities in Waste Management,Fmr.Nebraska Senator Tours Accra Compost And Recycling Plant

Exploring Collaborative Opportunities in Waste Management,Fmr.Nebraska Senator Tours Accra Compost And Recycling Plant

On Wednesday, November 1st, 2023, Former Nebraska Senator and Co-founder of GhaNeb LLC, Ken Schilz, as part of his seven days’ work visit to Ghana toured the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant. with the   primary objective exploring collaborative opportunities in waste management, initiating a strategic effort to foster partnerships and exchange best practices between Ghana and Nebraska.

the  initiative Organized by Agrihouse Foundation and GhaNeb LLC, aimed at facilitating  the exchange of expertise and establishing  enduring partnerships between the two nations, with a particular emphasis on advancing sustainable waste management solutions.

During his visit, Mr. Schilz engaged in insightful discussions with the management team of the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant, led by Mr. Michael Padi Tuwor, the Managing Director.

Highlighting the significance of cross-border cooperation in environmental sustainability, the former Senator emphasized the shared responsibility in fostering globally eco-friendly practices.

“Our primary objective is to establish a robust partnership between Ghana and Nebraska in sustainable waste management,” articulated Mr. Schilz, underscoring the necessity for shared learning and joint efforts to realize common environmental conservation goals.

Accompanied by Mr. Michael Padi Tuwor, the Managing Director for Accra Compost and Recycling Plant and Team, the former Senator thoroughly examined the intricacies of the facility, meticulously studying the recycling and compost production processes.

Mr.  Micheal Padi Tuwor elaborated on the plant’s innovative methods for converting organic waste into high-quality compost, making substantial contributions to Ghana’s environmental conservation efforts.

“The Accra Compost and Recycling Plant is dedicated to sustainable waste management practices. Our expertise in transforming organic waste into premium compost significantly contributes to environmental conservation and sustainable agriculture in Ghana,so partnerships between ghana and nebraska in waste management will be a step in the right direction .” stated the managing director, emphasizing the  plant’s commitment to promoting environmentally friendly practices.

The meeting was followed by a  comprehensive tour of the plant with  provided invaluable insights into effective and sustainable waste management practices, symbolizing the potential for mutual learning and progress between Ghana and Nebraska.

the Fmr. Senator Schilz’s exploration at the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant played a pivotal role in igniting the potential for collaborations between Ghana and Nebraska. By delving into the operational intricacies of the facility, he gained valuable insights into the efficient recycling and compost production processes.

The visit facilitated an in-depth understanding of the plant’s methods for converting organic waste into high-quality compost, which significantly contributes to environmental conservation efforts in Ghana.

Pictures from the Tour of the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant 

Former Nebraska Senator,ken schilz Engages in Ghana -Nebraska Partnership Talk with Deputy Agric Minister

Former Nebraska Senator,ken schilz Engages in Ghana -Nebraska Partnership Talk with Deputy Agric Minister

Former Nebraska Senator and Co-Founder of  GhaNeb LLC ,Ken Schilz,  embarked on a purpose-driven seven-day visit to Ghana, meticulously arranged by Ghaneb LLC in collaboration with Agrihouse Foundation.
The primary objective of this strategic visit Was  to cultivate robust partnerships and foster shared opportunities and advancements between Ghana and Nebraska, focusing on Agriculture,Finance ,ICT,Exchange programs among others .Schilz, on Wednesday 1st November 2023 , engaged in a crucial meeting with Hon. Yaw Frimpong Addo,the Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture (Crops).

This pivotal one-on-one interaction set the stage for potential collaborations, particularly emphasizing agricultural development and environmental sustainability initiatives.

During the courtesy call,Mr Schilz accentuated the shared interests and vast potential for collaboration between Ghana and Nebraska, particularly in the agricultural sphere.

 

“The convergence of interests between our regions holds immense promise, particularly in the agricultural landscape. The opportunities for mutual growth are abundant,” Schilz underscored.

In response, Hon. Yaw Frimpong Addo acknowledged Nebraska’s advancements in agricultural technology and emphasized the pivotal role of partnerships in advancing Ghana’s agricultural sector.“Leveraging Nebraska’s expertise and technology can be transformative for Ghana. Collaborative efforts are fundamental in driving innovation and progress in our agricultural practices,” expressed the Deputy Minister, emphasizing the potential for mutual growth.

The first day itinerary, also featured an illuminating meeting with management of  Accra Compost and Recycling Plant, and tour of the plant , guided by Mr. Michael Paidtuwor, the Managing Director. This detailed visit provided profound insights into sustainable waste management practices and showcased the scope for mutual knowledge exchange and advancements between the two regions.

Mr. Michael Paidtuwor elaborated on the plant’s pioneering methods for converting organic waste into premium compost, significantly contributing to Ghana’s environmental sustainability initiatives.

 “Accra Compost and Recycling Plant is dedicated to sustainable waste management. Our expertise in converting organic waste into premium compost is instrumental in supporting environmental conservation and sustainable agriculture in Ghana,” emphasized the Managing Director.

Looking ahead, this partnership signifies a robust alliance that could yield substantial advancements in agricultural practices and environmental sustainability. Further discussions and collaborative projects between Nebraska and Ghana promise an enduring relationship, fostering development and shared success.

BACKGROUND STORY

Facilitating Partnerships: Ghaneb LLC and Agrihouse Foundation Foster Collaborations Between Nebraska and Ghana

Ghaneb LLC, in collaboration with Agrihouse Foundation, recently hosted the first Nebraska-Ghana Trade and Investment Program and the Husker Harvest Days event in Lincoln, Nebraska. The event,  took place from 11th to 14th September 2023 under the theme ‘Facilitating Opportunities.

The program involved meaningful discussions and presentations, offering insights into legal, agricultural, and marketing aspects. Delegates engaged in fruitful discussions with various Nebraska-based companies, exploring trade collaborations,parnerships  and business opportunities.

The visit to the Husker Harvest Days event grounds was a pivotal highlight for the Ghanaian delegates. They expressed appreciation for the cutting-edge technologies and positive interactions with exhibitors and vendors, foreseeing future collaborations.

Delegates also met with educational institutions like Southeast Community College and Nebraska State University, exploring the prospect of enrolling Ghanaian students in the near future.

The program, organized by Ghaneb LLC and Agrihouse Foundation, aims to drive innovation and growth in the agricultural sector, fostering new avenues for both regions to prosper. These collaborations are anticipated to promote sustainable practices and contribute to the growth of agricultural sectors in Ghana and Nebraska.

The Ghanaian delegation who participated in the 1st Nebraska-Ghana Trade and Investment Program and experienced the Husker Harvest Days included; Hon. Yaw Frimpong-Addo, Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture (Crops), Mr. Fifi Fiavi Kwetey, General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, representing former President John Dramani Mahama.
The rest were,  Dr. Ansah Solomon Gyan, Director of Crop Services at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and Michael Kofi Akoto, Trade Promotion and Commercial Officer at the Embassy of Brazil, Mr. Mohammed Mashud, Chief Executive Director of Cudjoe Abimash Farms, Nana Osuman Abdulai, Managing Director of A.N.O Enterprise/Nana Atta Akara Co. Ltd, Al-Ayadi Fares Mohammed Khear, Irrigation Service Manager at Interplast and Alhaji  Akakade Moro, Chairman of the Ghana Federation of Livestock Inter-Professionals (GHAFLIP).

Others included, Mashud Mohammed, Operation Manager at Agripower, Dorothy Opoku, General Manager of Agricultural Manufacturing Group Limited, Kwabena Danquah, General Manager of Operations at Agricultural Manufacturing Group, Janet Adade ,Chief executive officer,Elsjyne Enterprise ,Seidu Abubakar, Project Specialist for Commercial Agriculture at Savannah Zone Agricultural Productivity Development Project (SAPIP), and Sunkwa-Mills of T&C Farms.

Fidelity Bank’s Head of Agribusiness, Patrick Opoku, and Real Estate Investors Monica and Collins Atta Oteng, of Collinmon Investment Limited, were also present.

Picture Gallery from the First Nebraska-Ghana Trade and Investment Program and the Husker Harvest Days event in Lincoln, Nebraska

EUGAP Advocates for Sustainable Agricultural Transformation

EUGAP Advocates for Sustainable Agricultural Transformation

Recognizing agriculture as a vital lifeline that sustains populations, economies, and National development, Reuben Binpori, the Inclusive Business Models Expert for  the European Union Ghana Agricultural Programme (EUGAP) and the Market-Oriented Agricultural Program in North West Ghana (MOAP NW), passionately urged the agricultural sector to redouble its efforts in constructing a more sustainable and resilient agricultural framework.

Speaking at the 13th Annual Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Conference and Exhibition’s closing ceremony held at the Agrihouse Agri-Village Learning, Training, Innovation, and Demonstration site in Kudula, Northern Region, Mr. Reuben Binpori emphasized the urgent need for renewed purpose and commitment in cultivating a more sustainable and resilient agricultural sector. This imperative is especially pressing in the face of escalating concerns regarding climate change and food security. Adopting sustainable agricultural systems is crucial.



Mr. Binpori highlighted significant advancements made by EUGAP, noting that over 70,000 farmers, agro-input dealers, and agro-processors have undergone capacity-building initiatives. These efforts have heightened the necessity for market systems, certifications, and the promotion of integrated business models to fortify the sector.

“As development partners in Ghana’s agricultural sector, our focus lies in creating robust, competitive, and sustainable platforms that interconnect value chains. Through these platforms, our aim is to achieve higher quality and quantity of farm produce reaching markets, ensuring collective food security, and providing improved access to capital for smallholder farmers and other value chain actors,” expressed Binpori.

“Sustainable agriculture is not a choice but a necessity. We must wholeheartedly embrace innovative solutions, from precision farming techniques to organic farming methods, to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come,” he added

He also highlighted that the European Union Ghana Agricultural Programme continues to support their partners with resources and practical knowledge, empowering them to promote and adopt intelligent climate and good agricultural practices. Additionally, numerous initiatives introduced by EUGAP through the MOAP-NW and REACH component project continue to have a significant impact on the agricultural sector.

Throughout the 3-day 13th annual pre-harvest conference and exhibition, a diverse array of experts shared insights encompassing sustainable business and farming practices, climate-sensitive agricultural production, and technological advancements. He used the opportunity to call for more collaborations among farmers, researchers, policymakers, and industry players to drive meaningful change within the agricultural industry.

Expressing deep gratitude, he commended Agrihouse Foundation for their enriching contributions in improving the agricultural sector through ,the annual pre-harvest agribusiness conference and exhibition .

He also encouraged farmers and actors in the agricultural value chain to embrace a renewed sense of purpose and commitment, marking a vital step towards establishing a more sustainable and resilient agricultural sector.

BY:AGRIWATCH REPORTER

Youth Encouraged to Venture into Agriculture

Youth Encouraged to Venture into Agriculture

Alhaji Alhassan Issahaku, the Chief Director of the Northern Regional Coordinating Council, speaking on behalf of the Northern Regional Minister Hon. Shani Alhassan Saibu, at the 13th Annual Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Conferences and Exhibition organized by Agrihouse Foundation in Kudula, Tamale.  conveyed an emphatic call to the youth to take an active role in agribusiness, underscoring the need for robust youth engagement in agriculture, citing it as a pivotal cornerstone of the economy and a primary source of livelihood for a significant proportion of the population.

Addressing participants, at the 13th annual pre-harvest agribusiness conference, held under the theme: connecting the unconnected the farmer, the input dealer and the processor, Alhaji Alhassan issahaku elucidated on the compelling reasons behind the advocacy for greater youth participation in agribusiness. Central to his address was the economic contribution that the young generation could offer.

He emphasized how the active involvement of the youth in agriculture could markedly enhance regional economic development. Youth engagement, he emphasized, could bolster employment opportunities, foster entrepreneurship, and augment income, thereby advancing the economic landscape of the region.
Upholding Food Security and Technological Innovation
The Chief Director of the Northern Regional Coordinating Council emphasized the vital role of the younger generation in maintaining consistent food production. He underscored that their active participation could bring innovative farming practices into effect, meeting the burgeoning demands of an ever-growing population. Further, he pointed out the potential for technological innovation, highlighting that the tech-savvy skills of the youth could revolutionize traditional farming methods, resulting in enhanced productivity and efficiency in the agricultural sector.

Stressing that the youthful demographic brings fresh outlooks and environmental awareness, integral in promoting eco-friendly agricultural practices. The sustainability of farming, he suggested, rests on the shoulders of the younger generation who are well-equipped to adopt practices that foster long-term environmental balance.
He also deliberated on the significance of youth engagement in addressing rural development. By encouraging the youth to take part in agriculture, rural areas can be revitalized, promoting economic opportunities and curbing mass migration to urban centres.

BY:AGRIWATCH REPORTER