Akuma Group Wellness and Education Foundation (AGWEF) is coordinating a group of Ghanaian private sector concerns and an American institution of higher education (with its Ghana-based cooperating institutions) and combining efforts to develop a proposed 5-year program to capacitate young (18-35 years old) Ghanaian Agripreneurs.  These partners created an “Alliance for the Development of Young Ghanaian Agripreneurs” (ADYGA). Time is of the essence now. While the GOG has made significant investments distributing 2.2 million reusable facemasks, 40,000 thermometer guns, and 750,000 200 mils sanitizers for health response, the ADYGA team will prepare 2,000 young Ghanaian Agripreneurs to relaunch the economy, mitigate secondary impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and maintain food security.

The ADYGA is seeking US$2,500,000 ($2.5 million) to implement the Agripreneur program in select Regions and Districts in partnership with its private sector off-takers.

  1. Program Goal

The Alliance for the Development of Young Ghanaian Agripreneurs (ADYGA) program is a five (5) years initiative targeting 2,000 Ghanaian youth (especially women) in select Regions and Districts to establish a robust market-oriented agribusiness ecosystem in the country and the entire West Africa writ large to increase productivity, reduce import, create jobs, leverage trade agreements, meet the food demand of the growing population, and add value to commodities for export. Participating communities and beneficiaries will be selected in collaboration between GOG officials and private sector resource partners.

  • Program Objectives

The program seeks to identify and train 2,000 youth and women Agripreneurs along the agricultural value chain on business development skills such as marketing, financial management, business plan development, mentorship, job attachment, and agribusiness incubation.

In addition, the ADYGA partners (AGWEF, MyAgricSpace, University of Maryland Eastern Shore-Kwame Nkrumah University of Science of Technology partnership (UMES-KNUST), M.M. Awal, Bewsys, etc.) and other project stakeholders would build the youth capacity in the following thematic areas:

  • Pre-production
  • Production
  • Post-harvest management
  • Agro-processing

Once the young agripreneurs would have exited the program, they will be expected to train other peers. Such an approach will help the trained youth to eventually replace the aging farmers.

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