Agri-Value Chain Projects

OAK Foundation’s Agri-Value Chain Projects have been initiated to help address challenges faced by small-holder farmers in rural communities, particularly women. In Ghana, women in small-holder farming operations face a number of challenges, specifically related to:

  • Inaccessibility to fertile arable farmlands
  • Complex land tenure systems
  • Lack of mechanized equipment for land preparation
  • Poor farming practices arising out of limited technical know-how
  • Low skill levels
  • Limited access to markets
  • Limited or no value addition to produce
  • No access to finance
  • Post-harvest losses

To address and help women small-holder farmers overcome these challenges, OAK Foundation supports the formation of Women Farmer Associations, known as the OAK Women Co-operatives. Through these co-operatives, OAK Foundation implements various Agri-Value Chain initiatives designed to improve farm productivity and economic prospects of its members.

OAK Foundation’s Agri-Value Chain initiatives support its members with

  • Mechanized equipment to help with land preparation
  • Knowledge and skills training to improve farm practices
  • Activations to enhance land utilization and farm productivity
  • Innovative access to finance and pre-finance mechanisms
  • Post-harvest management practices
  • Value-addition, packaging and farm-market linkages

Currently, OAK Foundation has formed Two (2) Women Small-Holder Farm Co-operatives in Ashanti and Greater Accra Regions of Ghana. These are:

  1. OAK WOMEN CO-OPERATIVE EJURA.
    This Co-operative is based in Ejura in the Ashanti Region, operating small holder farms dedicated to cultivation of maize, beans and rice.
  2. OAK WOMEN CO-OPERATIVE ASUTSUARE
    This Co-operative is based in Asutsuare in the Greater Accra Region, operating small holder farms dedicated to the cultivation rice.