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Personal interaction is crucial: GIZ supports companies in forging marketing contacts by taking part in international fairs. (© GIZ / Christoph Pannhausen)

Ghana:agribusiness & innovation

Promoting sustainable supply chains – from the fields of Ghana to dinner tables around the world

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Agriculture and the food industry are among the most important sectors of Ghana’s emerging economy. They not only serve people in Ghana, but also supply goods for export, such as fruit and vegetables. Small enterprises account for almost four fifths of agricultural produce. To make them more competitive, GIZ is working on behalf of BMZ to support these smallholders in improving quality and gaining better market access. The EU has also been providing programme funding since 2017. Roughly 15,000 farmers attended training events in 2019 alone. By adopting modern growing techniques, gaining organic certification and entering into contracts with customers, they have been able to increase their yields by up to 50 per cent. Ninety processors and private agricultural service providers also received support in optimising their production and services, and expanding their sales channels. These efforts help to make enterprises financially secure and contribute to the country’s economic development – while also creating jobs. In 2019 alone, 450 jobs were created at processors and on commercial farms – the majority of them for women and young adults.

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Ready for new markets: 77 private companies have participated in 10 international fairs and showcased their products since 2017.
(© GIZ / Christoph Pannhausen)

Quality – made in Ghana

Ghanaian entrepreneur Georgina Koomson is an example of what this can look like in practice. She discovered the inherent potential of agriculture when studying economics. She had lots of ideas, but didn’t always know how to make them a reality. That changed when she found out about GIZ and realised that we are a reliable partner. She took part in training events to learn more about farming methods, processing and how to tap into international markets. One training session at a spice producer in Germany was a real eye-opener: ‘That’s where I learned how a processor actually works.’

Photo: GIZ: Georgina Koomson, founder of Ideal Providence Farms
Georgina Koomson, the founder of Ideal Providence Farms, employs 45 workers at her business. (© GIZ / Abdallah Gbankulso)

The founder of Ideal Providence Farms now runs three farms and a business making speciality teas, spreads and high-quality cosmetics out of butterfly pea flowers, hibiscus, turmeric, mango, shea and lemongrass. The ingredients are grown using organic farming practices and are quality-certified. Georgina Koomson exports to Europe, Japan and the US. GIZ is helping her to improve production processes, develop innovative products and forge new marketing contacts, for instance by taking part in trade fairs.

And it’s having an impact: Georgina Koomson has been able to increase production, guarantee consistently high quality and boost sales. It’s a success that doesn’t only benefit her. To cite just one example: some 800 women from the north of the country supply the company with the raw materials it needs to make shea butter – which gives them a steady income. Fifteen people are permanently employed at her farms in the south and in processing facilities, along with 30 seasonal workers. And Georgina Koomson continues to aim high. ‘My goal is for my company to become one of Ghana’s best organic food manufacturers.’

   

Learn more about Georgina, an entrepreneur in Ghana’s organic farming sector.

Insights into our projects in 2019

We are active in some 120 countries with 1,600 projects.
Discover the world of GIZ by learning about examples of projects undertaken in the 2019 reporting year.

Ghana: agribusiness & innovation

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Nigeria: energy & environmental protection

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Mexico: identification & mediation

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South Africa and Uganda: water & responsibility

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South Africa and Uganda: water & responsibility

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Africa: young & forward-looking

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Egypt and Kosovo: knowledge & communication

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Cameroon: local & digital

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Libya: confidence & hope

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Niger and Mexico: cooperation & progress

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Sri Lanka: understanding & reconciliation

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Thailand: reap & reduce

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India: health & social security

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China: inspiration & training

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Iraq: hackathons & hope

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Egypt and Kosovo: knowledge & communication

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Western Balkans: teamwork & transnational cooperation

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Niger and Mexico: cooperation & progress

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Brazil: forests & diversity

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Global: health & cooperation

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