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DFID visits WAFM Challenge Fund Grantees in Ghana

Kedan MD and Watipaso

Kedan Limited MD giving a factory tour to Watipaso, DFID Regional Food Advisor

In January 2018, WAFM hosted Watipaso Mkandawire, DFID Regional Food Advisor who visited two of WAFM’s Challenge Fund grantees. Watipaso’s visit was to undertake an annual review of progress of implementation of WAFM’s Challenge Fund. The visit provided him an opportunity to observe first-hand WAFM grantee business operations and utilization of Challenge Fund grants as well as obtain direct feedback on  the challenges faced by these agribusinesses. Supported by Sunil Dahiya, the Technical Portfolio Manager for Challenge Fund and Rachid Sanfo, the Monitoring and Results Measurement Officer, Watipaso visited Amya-Agro Plus and Kedan Limited.

“Without the direct assistance from WAFM, Amya Agro Plus wouldn’t have possibilities to think of expansion” stated Ms. Marie Bationo, the Managing Director of Amya Agro Plus during the visit of Watipaso to the company’s cassava processing facility in Brong Ahafo in Ghana.

Meeting Amya Agro

Watipaso (DFID) third from left, interacting with Ms. Marie Bationo, the Managing Director of Amya Agro Plus Cassava processing facility site located in Wenchi in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana   

About Amya Agro Plus

The Amya Agro Plus, a woman-led agribusiness engaged in production, processing, warehousing and marketing of cassava products (fortified gari and high-quality cassava flour) along the Ghana-Burkina Faso trade corridor with 2,136 smallholder farmers fully integrated. The company won WAFM’s Challenge Fund grant for business expansion.

WAFM’s grant is supporting the construction of two High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) processing mini-facilities and a warehouse in Burkina-Faso along with boosting Amya Agro’s current processing facility with appropriate technology, equipment and 2 purchase of trucks. The WAFM support to Amya Agro is expected to result in increased output capacity of 2,000 metric tonnes of cassava root resulting in 525 metric tons of gari with annual sales turnover of £163,000 by providing 990,000 healthy cassava meals to local and regional community.

Amya Agro Production Team

Watipaso (DFID) and WAFM technical team posing along with Amya Agro Plus cassava production team at Amya-Agro Plus processing facility site

About Kedan Limited

Kedan Packaging

Production Supervisor of Kedan Ltd showcasing maize flour products from WAFM grant funded machinery

Kedan Limited is an agribusiness located in Tumu in the Upper West Region of Ghana into large-scale food crop production (maize and soya bean), processing, fortification, aggregation and marketing. With WAFM’s Challenge Fund grant, Kendan has established a new maize flour processing facility. Also, Kedan Limited is recruiting additional outgrowers under a buy-back scheme to scale up the production and marketing of maize products in Ghana, Burkina Faso and beyond. Kedan is supporting smallholder farmers with farm inputs, tractor services, training and extensions services to increase the volumes of raw maize produced.

The WAFM support will be resulting in an increased output capacity of 3,750 tonnes per annum of maize resulting in annual sales turnover of £1.5 million through supplying over 7 million staple-meals reaching out to consumers in local and regional community.