Mainstreaming Sustainability Across Agricultural Supply Chains

(Achieving effectiveness and efficiency in the contest of mainstreaming sustainability) Training Objectives Globally, the long-term sustainability of most agricultural ingredient chains has become a major source of worry for end users and consumers. Supply chains are faced with food safety and hygiene as well as environmental, social and economic challenges. Introduction of Private Voluntary Standards (Organic, Fairtrade, GobalG.A.P., UTZs, farm-to-fork and many others) and certification…

Organic Production Principles and Practices (28-31 May, 2018)

  Training Objectives Some antagonists of the organic movement have described organic production as synonymous to inefficient production and incapable of meeting the food and income security challenges facing Africa. Their argument is supported by the low productivity recorded on organic fields all around. Dwindling and rising cost of farm labour, depletion of soils, spread of viral diseases and other difficult to manage diseases (DtMD’s)…

SME Agro-processing Business Management (June 5-8, 2018)

  Training Objectives Many prospective investors in Africa especially SME’s see agro-processing as an easy investment area without considering the economic fundamentals of setting up viable/profitable agro-processing business. Critical challenges confront agro-processors in Africa. Some of these include difficulty in securing efficient and reliable sources of materials from smallholder supply base; lack of access or capacity to procure processing technology, lack of access to finance…

Agro-commodity Packaging and Labelling (18-19 June, 2018)

  Training Objectives On today’s globally competitive market, consumers are not only looking for safe/quality and affordable products, but also convenient, attractive and informative products presentation. Perhaps, these make packaging and labelling an important but challenging area to Africa’s emerging SME’s. Lack of knowledge of regulatory requirements for packaging and labelling, access to packaging and labelling technologies as well as cost of packaging and labelling…

Agro-commodity Standards & Certification Systems (Jun 28-30, 2018)

  Training Objectives A major constraint to growth and diversification of exports in Africa is the complexity of national and international technical, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) conditions, which affect exports to developed markets directly.  Ghana has had its fair share of this challenge in recent times following the ban on palm oil export for the use of Sudan III and the EU ban on selected…

Agricultural Project Management (16-18 May, 2018)

  Training Objectives There has never been a time where agricultural project funding has been such competitive. Matching funds have become the order of the day and projects are pushed to engage more with the private sector for mark-up funds and also to ensure sustainability in a much difficult development context. Producing tangible project results that meet the expectations of private sector partners, including the…

Vegetable Enterprise Management Training – Master Class (5-7 April, 2018)

  Training Objectives The vegetable industry in Ghana is one of the fastest growing industries attracting the attention of both local and foreign investors. However, industry indicates access to highly skilled professionals with the right attitude has become a major challenge. The VEMT Master Class has three key objectives. expose new entrepreneurs to the numerous opportunities in the vegetable industry, equip business owners with the…

Agribusiness Industry Associations Management (April 16-19, 2018)

  Training Objectives There has never been a time where the role of industry associations has become more critical than now. Funding for agricultural research and public extension services has been difficult to come by. Smallholder farmers had depended on the contribution of donor agencies to access technical services. However, in the past few years, most NGO had scaled back due to dwindling development funding.…

Understanding Value Chains (26-28 April, 2018)

  Training Objectives Value chain approach to agro-commodity industry development has gained prominence in the past few decades. Experts say, the approach creates the environment (trust and confidence) requisite for successful integration of chain actors that maximizes the value of business transactions (exchange of goods and services) making supply chains competitive. In sub-Sahara Africa, the value chain (VC) has been widely used as a tool…

Managing Agribusinesses from a Distance (May 4, 2018)

  Training Objectives The agribusiness industry is increasingly becoming an important investment option for many foreign and local investors. Most of these new crop of agribusiness investors are city dwellers, professions of different backgrounds (most do not have agricultural background) who leave their investments under the watch of families, friends or low-skilled care-takers or inexperience farm managers, farm supervisors or sometimes with lead farmers. The…