Pre-Harvest 2020: Resourcing farmers in Ghana post Covid-19
Since the first recorded case of COVID-19 in China in November 2019 and its consequent spread across the world in the first quarter of 2020, the pandemic has visited severe hardship on key industries.
In Ghana, the local economy and key industries that support it suffered greatly. Particularly, the agriculture sector which is arguably the most important support base for the economy came to a near-halt at the height of the pandemic, prompting copious job losses and price hikes for food.
The Government of Ghana estimated a slump in projected GDP growth for 2020 at 2.6 per cent, which is significantly lower than the budgeted GDP growth of 6.8 per cent for the year.
Having endured a dreary couple of months, Ghana like most countries around the world, have reported a sharp decline in the number of fresh infections of Covid-19, leaving industry leaders with the arduous task of reviving key areas of the economy that are ailing due to disruptions caused by the fallout of the pandemic.
To support efforts to revive agriculture in Ghana, Agri-house Foundation will hold the 10th edition of the annual Pre-Harvest Conference and Exhibitions in the Northern Regional Capital, Tamale from October 7-8, 2020. The event, currently in its 10th year, has a thematic focus on exploring solutions for transformation of Ghana’s agri food system in view of the uncertainties created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Participants would have the opportunity to connect and interact with various agricultural value chain actors including small and large scale farmers, aggregators, input dealers, machinery and equipment dealers, agro processors, financial institutions, development agencies, Telecommunication companies.
The opportunity to seal new deals, source novel ideas and innovations, and establish new market linkages is a potential gain to participating in Pre-Harvest 2020. There will bespoke training sessions, field demonstrations, presentations, commodity breakout session and exhibitions.
In partnership with the European Union, Yara Ghana, Ecobank, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Northern Regional Coordinating Council, together with other private and international organizations, the organisers, Agri-house Foundation seek to assist farmers and agribusinesses to expand their businesses before and after harvesting, and to create enabling environment for new partnerships to promote and expand agriculture.
The consistent choice of northern Ghana as the venue for the event is a strategy by organisers and partners to build a collective focus on the agricultural potential of the northern zone and the vast irrigation possibilities that remain unexploited.
Billed under the theme, “Covid-19 And Beyond; Solutions for Agricultural Transformation, the Pre-harvest Agribusiness Exhibition and Conference is an interventional forum that presents a common platform for various value chain actors in the agricultural sector in Ghana to meet, discuss business, contracts and adopt a renewed sense of purpose.