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Agriaccess partnership with Microdrops

Tens of thousands of smallholder farmers in Ghana grow sorghum for consumption but also to sell to large breweries that operate in West Africa. Due to the lack of consistent water flow in the country, farmers only grow sorghum once a year, with yields per hectare that are one-third of what farmers get elsewhere. Irrigation has been identified as a key intervention to address low yields per hectare and could potentially enable farmers to undertake production three times a year.

Ghana-India partnership

Agriaccess is currently the largest single sorghum supplier to Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL), and works with a network of more than 21,000 smallholder farmers. They have chosen to partner with Micro Drops, a drip irrigation company that has developed a system that requires low skills for set-up and maintenance and is more affordable than other irrigation alternatives. The ultimate aim is to introduce the Micro Drops drip irrigation throughout Ghana, possibly building a Joint Venture and assembly model.

Interacting with local Farmers

Tens of thousands of smallholder farmers in Ghana grow sorghum for consumption but also to sell to large breweries that operate in West Africa. Due to the lack of consistent water flow in the country, farmers only grow sorghum once a year, with yields per hectare that are one-third of what farmers get elsewhere. Irrigation has been identified as a key intervention to address low yields per hectare and could potentially enable farmers to undertake production three times a year.

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Relatively few drip irrigation solutions are available in Ghana and those that are require significant skills to install and maintain, and are not priced for smallholder farmers.This more affordable, easy to use system is innovative in the region.

Development impact

The use of drip irrigation equipment is expected to result in significant increases in farmer income, estimated at more than $300 in the first year and even more once loans are paid off.More than 30 per cent of sorghum smallholder farmers are women and youth with very few other income generating opportunities