Ghana

  • Mango and pineapple: this partnership is driven by HPW Fresh & Dry, a company that is producing tropical fruits to meet the demand for dry mango and pineapple on the European retail market. The focus is on securing HPW’s sourcing of mango and pineapple by strengthening the capacity of farmers in productivity, quality supplies and organizational cohesiveness.
  • Citrus: Fruittiland, Fair Trade Original and Verbruggen Juice Trading are lead partners. The activities in 2014 enabled Fruittiland to sell certified juice that is distributed in Europe by Fair Trade Original and Oxfam Fairtrade Belgium.
  • Vegetable: in collaboration with East West Seed International, this partnership introduced a variety of high yielding seeds and agricultural good practices, resulting in increased incomes of the farmers involved and a stronger value chain.
  • Soybean: the partnership is championed by farmer cooperatives, who are producing local soy-based food products such as soy-kebabs and soy-milk, to meet urban consumers demand. The emphasis is on access to finance for cluster actors and processing firms, contract negotiation and developing marketing strategies to serve BoP consumers.
  • Mushroom: led by the Mushroom Growers and Exporters Association of Ghana (MUGREAG), the partnership is strengthening the use of innovative technologies and practices, resulting in improved product quality and productivity. Ongoing actions focus on access to credit, training of growers in productivity and quality enhancement and negotiation of contracts.
  • Guinea Fowl: with Atibire Enterprise and the Guinea Fowl Farmer Association, the partnership aims to fill financing gaps, to ensure regular supply of Guinea fowls and to coordinate the supply of quality eggs and keets.
  • Groundnut: this pilot is led by women. Unity Processing Ltd is a key driver of the partnership. Through linkages built with 2SCALE’s support with the Chiana groundnut farmers, the enterprise has become able to secure regular raw material for processing into groundnut paste, oil and roasted groundnuts for market in Ghana.
  • Rice: the Ghanaian-Dutch joint venture WIENCO Ghana Ltd is leading this partnership. The focus is on enhancing supply of local branded rice to Ghanaian supermarkets, local shops and open markets.

Updates

Magical Mushrooms

The mushroom business in Ghana is booming, thanks largely to training, market linkages and association-building by 2SCALE and its partners. Very few crops can compare with mushrooms in terms of profitability or suitability for smallholder production. It can be produced three times a year on…

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The Prime PREMA Onion: Farmers Off- Season’s Companion

Written by Samuel Ofoe, vegetable partnership facilitator in Ghana.  Are you aware that onion farming is an intrinsic culture of smallholder farmers in the Garu-Tempane district in eastern Ghana? About 20,000 households earn their income with growing this vegetable. As a hub for onion cultivation, the upper…

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Turning Risk into Opportunities

Safe pesticide application services provided by trained Spray Service Providers (SSPs) generate employment opportunities and income for 15 youth in Chereponi in northeast Ghana. The use of pesticides in crop production has become a common phenomenon among smallholder farmers in Ghana. These pesticides are generally…

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The value chain games

A new initiative, in collaboration with the Partnership Resource Centre (PrC), Netherlands, uses an analytical approach to understand how partnerships work. The first phase of the study, in late 2015, examined three partnerships – potatoes in Ethiopia, sorghum in Kenya, soybeans in Ghana. The objective…

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Larger sales volumes and better job prospects at Fruittiland

We had an interview with Steven Ago Annan, assistant logistics, who joined Fruittiland in 2010. The company’s core business is buying citrus fruits and processing them into juice concentrate for European markets. Fruittiland was established in 2009 by four Ghanaian entrepreneurs. Steven Ago Annan is…

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Running your own fruit juice company: How dreams become reality

Fruittiland is running a fruit juice processing facility in Ghana with a processing capacity of 1,000 tons of fresh citrus a day. With the 2SCALE event only one week away, we talked with Fruittiland’s general manager Fatawu Ibrahim Gombilla (38) to learn more about his company and the…

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“We are always thinking of ways for farmers to increase their income”

East West Seed International (EWIT) produces high-yielding, disease-resistant vegetable varieties adapted to African smallholder farming conditions. EWIT joined 2SCALE in 2013 and currently rolls out varieties in Benin, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria, with help of 2SCALE. We asked Jan Arie Nugteren, EWIT advisor for West Africa, how the…

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Nothing beats Mushroom

Despite its great potential to generate income and to improve nutrition for 25 million of Ghanaian people, the mushroom industry in Ghana is characterized by low productivity, inefficient supply chains and, above all, difficult access to finance. Through the Ghana Mushroom partnership, IFDC is promoting…

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Citrus: an additional premium of $200

The citrus partnership driven by Fruittiland aims to source 104,000 tons of citrus per annum from 4,000 smallholders (2,400 men and 1,600 women) by 2017. The farmers involved were trained in post-harvest handling, plantation maintenance and farming as a business, resulting in a significant turnaround…

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Rhizobium Boosts Soybean Yields

Yields of legume crops can be substantially increased by ‘inoculating’ plants with Rhizobium bacteria – cheap, effective and environmentally friendly. Rhizobium encourages the growth of specialized root nodules that enable the plant to fix nitrogen, in effect making its own fertilizer. In 2013, 2SCALE and…

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Twin heads are better than one

Twin sisters Jenniveh and Janet Lugonia are groundnut traders. They are members of the 2SCALE groundnut cluster in Chiana, in Ghana’s Upper East region. They’re also good examples of how project linkages can change lives. The twins have worked together for 12 years. The initial…

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What Food, at what Price?

Insights from a study of base-of-the-pyramid (BoP) households in Ghana and Kenya are helping to design strategies to deliver low-cost, high-quality food products to the poorest consumers. The study was led by 2SCALE partner BoPInc. Researchers interviewed more than 1,500 people in the two countries…

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