OCP Africa Launches ‘Agribooster Offer’ in Ghana to Enhance Food Security

OCP Africa Launches ‘Agribooster Offer’ in Ghana to Enhance Food Security

Morocco’s OCP Group, the world’s first producer and exporter of phosphate in all its forms, continues expanding its African partnership aimed at unlocking Africa’s vast agricultural potential and contributing to the continent’s food security.

 

Its subsidiary OCP Africa has teamed with Ghana’s ministry of food & agriculture (MOFA) to launch Mid-July in Nasia ‘Agribooster Offer’, an initiative for food crops that provides farmers with support for every aspect of the agricultural value chain.

The ‘Agribooster Offer’ is an innovative farmer-centered market development model that brings together different stakeholders of the agriculture value chain to provide the best conditions allowing farmers to increase their yield, incomes, and livelihood.

Through this initiative, OCP Africa and MOFA are connecting farmers to financing and insurance, working with local extension agents to train them on proper fertilizer use, collaborating with other providers to ensure they have the right fertilizers and other inputs.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Country Manager of OCP Africa Ghana, Samuel Oduro-Asare, said, “OCP introduced this ‘Agribooster Offer’ to support farmers because we realized smallholder farmers were facing difficulties such as lack of skills, finance, and market access that prevented them from improving productivity of their farms and kept them at a subsistence level.”

 

“Farmers who embrace this offer will gain access to good quality inputs and financial services, enhance market linkages, and training on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP),” he added.

 

This project aims to reach 70,000 farmers with an input consumption increase at 300kg per hectare thereby increasing farm yield from 20% to 40%, he explained.

 

This initiative is also expected to absorb a 30-40% gender integration as well as 20-30% youth integration.

 

OCP Group works to strengthen the entire African agricultural ecosystem by providing farmers with the means to succeed. It works closely with farmers to develop best farming practices. With its local partners, it tests soils, recommends customized fertilizers, facilitates financing, and improves access to markets.

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