I read through your idea of the mobile utility to alleviate post harvest losses and my team and i think it's brilliant!! We did an outreach last year in Kpene in the Sanerigu District - Tamale, Northern Region and one of the major downsides we profiled that affected their economic output was storage challenges and post harvest losses. Our technical support team have been trying to work out a quick fix solution to this. I think we can find some common grounds to work together on this. On your response to the Ekua Pa concept - we are much grateful. I think using the word "commoditize" generates a bit of sensitivity. The warehouse is not intended create another layer, it is to alleviate the farmers from the burden and to facilitate a more efficient logistics, storage etc. You are not too far from right with your "rusting monuments" concept ( mobile utility is probably more efficient for this) but Ekua Pa is to serve as a facilitator and will provide end-to-end services including marketing and logistics etc. Bringing them in groups affords us the economy of scale to do this. What we are creating is one network, a support platform for rural smallholders. In effect we are cutting down on the 'middleman syndrome" by providing registered farmers in the network transportation, warehousing and market access. We are actually taking away the layers and putting/spreading the "burden" on the network. Ekua Pa is an idea born to solve real problems and challenges faced by rural farmers in Africa. Not just a "classroom" solution but a result of several interactions and surveys with the people who face the struggles each season - farmers. I wish i could put this is more fancy words, but i personally feel the pain these farmers face because i spent too many of my childhood years watching my grandfather struggle and being ripped off by "middlemen".
The answer to feeding Ghana - and once that is accomplished, helping feed the world - lies in finding ways to transform subsistence farmers into entrepreneurs. The global population is hurtling towards 9 billion by 2050, according to the world bank, and feeding all these people will require a 70 percent increase in agricultural productivity. The existing system of multinational mega-farms wont be enough - the hope for the future lies not in mass production, but in production by the masses. We at Ekua Pa understand that collaborations and partnerships in agriculture especially with Export markets and investors is key to accelerating our impact. I'm sure we can find some common grounds to work together on some projects - most especially with the contract buying/export market concept.
Thanks Shane, i haven't published it yet. Will do when my team and i are done with some final editing and inputs. We are trying to upload some images and videos to make the concept a bit easier to grasp and visualize for page visitors. Should be published in a few hours time. We are excited about this! Cheers, Kofi Borti - Co Founder, ThinkAfrik