The WYiA is one of the key strategic planks of the OAK Foundation designed to achieve its objective of developing professional women entrepreneurs in productive sectors of the Ghanaian economy. It contributes significantly to our mission of making highly educated professionals of young women by identifying and growing young women entrepreneurs in agriculture and agribusiness.
The WYiA project is an agribusiness incubation scheme that focuses on identifying young female graduates who have a keen interest in developing careers as entrepreneurs within the agriculture industry; and supporting these women to establish and successfully manage businesses within this space. The vision is to produce highly successful and profitable agribusiness giants in Africa managed by women entrepreneurs. The WYiA is made up of the following components:
- – Land banks & tenure systems development
- – Development of FARM-to-TABLE agribusiness models
- – Identification, selection, formation and training of Women Graduate Business-Units
- Business incubation and advisory services
- – Technical support services : Seeds & Seedlings, Extension Services, Irrigation & Water, Financial Aid, Business controls & financial controls, Sales & Marketing
- – Storage & Silos (research) management
OAK Foundation has secured over 1,000 acres of land in Ejura-Ashanti and Asutsuare Greater Accra. The land secured is being divided into 2-10 acre lots and assigned to selected Agri-Business enterprises, preferably formed or led by young women. To take advantage of established commercial opportunity for large scale cultivation, value addition and industrial demand, the WYiA project will focus on mixed cropping of cereals, legumes, tubers and vegetables.