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AGRIdigichain is a seamless data driven platform empowering all stakeholders in the agricultural industry to make better informed decisions

The future of Africa’s agricultural value chain digitization

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

AGRIdigichain

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

Michael Asiedu ( Tech Lead )

Website of Legally Registered Entity

https://agridigichain.com/

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • Under 1 year

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

East Legon, Accra City, Ghana

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Ghana

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Aburi is a town in the Akuapim South Municipal District of the Eastern Region of south Ghana famous for the Aburi Botanical Gardens.

What country is your selected Place located in?

Ghana

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

The rich cultural land of Aburi the mountain top that’s where most in the commercial farmer exporters in the southern part of Ghana grow their hundreds to thousand acres of vegetable  plantations like chilli pepper,tomatoes etc and fruits like pineapples, coconut and other cash crops like cocoa. With an intensive market research to really understand from human centered design perspective how the processes are in the southern part of the country landed us at Aburi, ‘the mountains top’. The farmers who are exporters know how processes work from land preparation to farmer management, with a deep understanding of transportation or logistical controls to the final consumer. 

The farming ecosystem at the Aburi mountains top was the foundational and fundamental to create system where all stakeholders in the agricultural industry could make better-informed decisions, eliminate unnecessary paperwork and procedures, reduce supply chain inefficiency and risk, open markets and increase their bottom line by conducting business in one simple platform.




Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

Aburi is north east of Accra, and the journey from Accra to Aburi is about 45 mins (will be less when the dual carriage road from Tetteh Quarshie Circle to Adenta Barrier is completed by 2014). Due to the altitude of Aburi, the climate is a lot cooler than neighbouring Accra. The road which climbs the hillside to Aburi is a toll road, with the current toll being 0.50 Ghc for a car, 1.00 Ghc (0.175918 US Dollars.) for a Van. There is a higher charge for vans and lorries. From the road most of Greater Accra is visible below, although the one stopping space for pictures on this section of road has a "No Stopping" sign.


Aburi has several primary education, secondary education, higher education and further education institutions and Aburi is home to Aburi Presbyterian Technical Secondary School, which is linked to The Sixth Form College, Farnborough in Hampshire, England. Aburi is also home to Aburi Girls' Senior High School started by the Presbyterian church. Aburi also hosts the Great Adonten senior High School. For post secondary education, you can find the Presbyterian women's college of Education, formally known as PWTC Training college.


History and economy:

The name Aburi is the adulterated version of ABUDE by the European missionaries and traders. Because of Aburi's location in the mountains of Ghana and its proximity to the coast of Ghana, an agricultural research farm was set up near Aburi by British residents in 1891. The area of the garden originally consisted of 20 hectares, in 1901 there were 17.8 hectares and in 1902 came to more than 40 hectares of new acquisitions, which was discovered during the last expansion with considerable resistance. 


Tourism

Aburi is host to one of the finest wood markets not only in Ghana but in Africa. Aburi has been rumoured that goods manufactured at the Aburi markets have found their way to South Africa to be sold on to tourists.

Aburi Botanical Gardens is result of a well known Ghanaian tourist destination.

The rich cultural land of Aburi the mountain top that’s where most in the commercial farmer exporters in the southern part of Ghana grow their hundreds to thousand acres of vegetable  plantations like chilli pepper,tomatoes etc and fruits like pineapples, coconut and other cash crops like cocoa. With an intensive market research to really understand from human centered design perspective how the processes are in the southern part of the country landed us at Aburi, the mountains top. 

The farmers who are exporters know how processes work from land preparation to farmer management, with a deep understanding of transportation or logistical controls to the final consumer.

The farming ecosystem at the Aburi mountains top was the foundational and fundamental to create system where all stakeholders in the agricultural industry could make better-informed decisions, eliminate unnecessary paperwork and procedures, reduce supply chain inefficiency and risk, open markets and increase their bottom line by conducting business in one simple platform.



What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?

20701

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

Culture(Farmers, Vendors, And Farmer groups), Technology:

Commercial Farmers:

●Difficult to connect real time transactional data to concerned actors like contractors, employee, partners etc

●Time consuming and tedious  and stressful making decisions from manual paperwork

●Difficult to track insights and progress of crops and farming activities

Out growers, Cooperative Farmers, FBO's

●Difficult to manage farmers from a centralized registry

●Inability to push best agricultural practices to all farmers in the network

●Difficult to ensure traceability and standard compliance

Difficult to track farmers average performances to identify key productivity drivers


Vendors & Suppliers

●Risky, time consuming and difficult in handling ligation issues on transactional because of manual and traditional way of doing business.

●Inadequate information on  inventory data along the value chain leading to over budgeting and under budgeting in services provided

●Difficult to provide quantifiable service



Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

 From a human centered design approach using today's digital follow-up tools to maximize supply chain efficiency for farmers, fbos and their cooperative levels and all key actors along the value chain as modern way of doing farming as a business the inclusive package for the challenges were:


Best practice knowledge

Get industry insights and benchmark to prepare and plan your season with the help of our agricultural knowledge base. Be enlighten and updated with modern practices to ensure higher yield.

As a vendor, supplier etc transact business the right way for your industry along the value chain. Reduce the risk of under budgeting and over budgeting in terms preparation and planning. Leverage on present and historical data to eliminate losses with our knowledge base.


Production and stock management

Easy production management as tracking of all seasonal activities and performing activities on with alerts on complete and non complete activities are handled effortlessly. Plan towards upcoming activities and get a general overview of all cropping activities.

Stocks and other farm yields are easily managed at the end of each production cycle. Track the right data and production information at every phase of each production cycle and their storage in warehouses.


Traceability

AGRIdigichain promotes transparency along the entire value chain. A comprehensive trail log system to audit and give you a fair idea of where stock came from and where it is going, with date and timestamp.

From the soil to the final consumer AGRIdigichain reinforce impacts on food security using today's digital technology


Powerful analytics, reports & notifications

Real-time general overview of all data and insights with business intelligence decision made on facts without gut feelings.

Readily available reports on all production cycles with good, average and bad performances even at the cooperative levels and use Knowledge base to decipher each for better performances.

Smart and live information via sms, notifications etc in terms of best practices, weather alerts, logistics etc are always handy.


Supply chain tracking and visibility

From a simple mobile technology we track every load from node to node at every stage of supply chain from the farm to the final consumer

Offline capabilities well engineered to bring offline data online to create transparency from each node to another in the entire transport system.

Per movement, location, destination all tracks are covered.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

All involved stakeholders now have: 

01. Seamless and stress-free farm management especially for farmers

02. Easy to make decisions based on facts without gut feeling at each production cycle

03. We improve on supply chain visibility saving time and money

04. Easy accessible of information and précised data along the value chain are always handy

05. We improve on risk mitigation at every phase of the value chain

06. Food security is 100% ensured and improved for final consumers.



Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

Because there is now an end to end solution using today's technology;

Farmers get industry insights and benchmark to prepare and plan season with the help of our agricultural knowledge base. They are enlighten and updated with modern practices to ensure higher yield.


As a vendor, supplier etc transact business the right way for your industry along the value chain. Reduce the risk of under budgeting and over budgeting in terms preparation and planning. Leverage on present and historical data to eliminate losses with our knowledge base.


All partners, consumers and other key stakeholders are informed, having fair idea of where stock came from and where it is going, with date and timestamp improving on supply chain visibility.


Investors, partners, credit institutions, banks etc. willing to invest more in agriculture in its digital transparent state

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Conference/event

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Thank you so much for the Food Extension Initiative.

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