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"Focus on Agriculture” Conference and Exhibition 2012 slated for Tamale

 

African Connections Ghana Ltd. (AC), a development consulting firm specialized in rural economic development is organizing the Third Edition of "Focus on Agriculture: Market-Driven Agriculture for Accelerated Rural Economic Development”, an agricultural Conference and Exhibition from October 3rd – 5th 2012 at the Radach Lodge and Conference Centre, Tamale.

The Focus on Agriculture event will bring together stakeholders in agribusiness to strategize and find solutions to the challenges facing all actors in the agricultural value chain.

The three-day event is being organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. The previous of editions of Focus on Agriculture were held in Sunyani from November 5th – 6th 2009 and in Accra from November 4th – 5th 2010. The two events were very successful and enjoyed support from MoFA and MLGRD; as well as development partners such as GiZ and USAID, ACDI-VOCA (ADVANCE). This year SADA has joined as a major sponsor and partner. Attached is a programme book of the second edition of the event for your review.

 

The overarching goal of Focus on Agriculture is to support government’s efforts to make agriculture a key component to improve the Ghanaian economy and support small scale farmers to become competitive; access markets and increase profitability.

 

Presently, it is one of the few Public-Private (PPP) agricultural shows in the country that plays a critical role in achieving the goals of the Food and Agricultural Sector Development Policy (FASDEP) of MoFA.

 

KEY OBJECTIVES

Key Objectives:

The key objectives of Focus on Agriculture include the following:

 

  • Bring stakeholders together to deliberate on strategies to transform subsistence farming into commercially viable market-driven agriculture;

 

  • Explore methods of increasing productivity of small scale farmers towards world production levels;

 

  • Examine financing options and solutions to agricultural finance challenges;

 

  • Strategize on increasing competitiveness and value chain integration;

 

  • Explore ways to accelerate rural economic development through agriculture.

 

TARGET GROUPS

The Third Edition of Focus on Agriculture Conference and Exhibition is expected to attract over 200 participants made up of chief executives of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), leaders of farmer-based organizations, outgrowers, nucleus farmers, aggregators and development partners.

 

Other participants will include private sector companies such as agro processors, equipment suppliers and manufactures, agricultural service providers, financial institutions, agro-based companies, researchers, local civil society organizations and other key stakeholders interested in improving economic livelihood through boosting agriculture.

 

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

 

The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Hon. Kwesi Ahwoi, has accepted to be the Guest of Honor; deliver the Keynote Address and officially open the Exhibition.

 

There will be daily workshops which will strategically delve into some of the pertinent challenges facing agricultural value chains and find solutions to improve produce yields; quality; and incomes in the agricultural sector. Various workshops will focus on topics such as agricultural financing; private sector investment; agriculture commercialization; improving agricultural technology transfer; and empowering women smallholders among others.

 

The three-day exhibition will run simultaneously with the conference to showcase products and services of specific key stakeholders in the agric sector.

 

There will also be practical demonstrations of new technologies to improve agricultural productivity and increase profits. The demonstrations will focus on improved agricultural technologies such as seeds; fertilizers; feeding for livestock, poultry and fisheries; storage facilities; and machinery.

 

SOME EXPECTED OUTCOMES

The Conference and Exhibition will provide opportunities for participants to:

 

  • Network; interact; share ideas and come up with workable solutions to address identified challenges within the agricultural value chain;
  • Learn from technical experts latest innovations in agricultural technologies to enhance farmer productivity;
  • Interact with financial institutions and learn about new agric financing options; and
  • Hear from other stakeholders, gain information and explore ideas towards promoting market-driven agriculture in Ghana.

 

CONCLUSION

 

It is expected that this three-day event will provide a platform for various stakeholders in the agric sector to explore strategies to promote commercial agriculture and value chain integration thereby accelerating rural economic development.