Sustainable employment through Agribusiness in Ghana (AgriBiz)
Sustainable Employment through Agribusiness (AgriBiz)
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Co-financierEuropean Union (EU)
Runtime2021 to 2024
Products and expertise
Economic development and employment
Processing and marketing of agricultural products creates jobs and income, and thus important for the socio-economic development in Ghana. Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) contribute up to 70 per cent towards Ghana’s economic output. However, only a minor percentage of the agricultural and natural products are further processed in the country itself.
Many agribusiness enterprises need support to become more competitive and improve their supply chain management. Moreover, they often lack access to financial resources and crucial investments, innovative technologies, and digitalisation. Women entrepreneurs in particular need advice to prevail in a still male-dominated market.
The conditions for creating productive employment in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the agribusiness sector, especially for young people and women, are improved.
AgriBiz is jointly working with the Ghanaian Ministry of Trade and Industry but also respective member-based associations to improve the framework conditions for 500 MSMEs. In addition, AgriBiz strengthens business organisations in representing the interests of their members.
AgriBiz supports processing companies in their business development, in introducing technological solutions, with certification according to international standards and promotes the use of by-products in a circular economy. In addition, the project promotes companies that offer specific services and production inputs along the supply chains.
The project operates partly with substantial financial support from the EU. The EU-component has a regional focus on the north-west of Ghana. It supports producers and processors in seven value chains (cashew nuts, peanuts, vegetables, mangos, rice, soya, and sorghum) and advises respective government authorities on important framework conditions. The focus is on strengthening quality agricultural production.
Agriculture and Finance Consultants GmbH (AFC) is a project partner that works especially on promoting the private sector.
Last update: May 2023