Green The PALMS-Africa (GTP-Africa)
A project that adopts plantations abandoned by smallholder farmers; and use best management practices (BMP) to salvage farms for good yields
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Green Afro-Palms (GAP)
Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)
Annual budget in 2017 (USD)
Number of beneficiaries impacted so far
Secondary Focus Area
Headquarters location: Country
Headquarters location: City
Location(s) of impact
Ghana: Mankranso, Okroase, Hiamankwa, Adaddekrom, Wioso, Bonsukrom, Mantukwa, Domeabra, Jacobu, Baniekrom, Hiapae, Sikasem, Onyinanufo, Awadua, Asuoko
Description of field work on the GTP-Project Africa
Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?
West Africa survives the oil palm crop with nations like Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Angola, etc. as producers. In these countries, over 70% of the cultivation is done by farmers who lack current resources and technologies to capture the full potential of the crop. Due to insufficient economic gains from their farming activities, farmers now resort to given farms for Illegal mining and logging - destroying lands, stripping forestation and polluting waters -a threat to climate change and food security.
Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?
In responds to this challenge, GAP has designed and initiated a project dubbed “Green the Palms-Africa” (GTP-Africa). Under GTP-Africa, plantations owned and lacking proper care by smallholder farmers are adopted and salvaged; using best management practices (BMP) to provide increased yields to be used as raw materials for processing of value added products (palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel nuts). After salvaging these farms, GAP establishes an agro-processing facility using our locally designed technology dubbed GAPROTECH (GAP-Processing Technology) positioned centrally within catchments of these adopted farms to efficiently process the yields into Palm oil (CPO) to supply consumers for cooking; assuring clean and hygienic oils, palm kernel nuts to industry for secondary processing , and finally biogas as by-product which farmers under the GTP project uses as renewable clean energy for cooking in their homes.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work
GTP is making abandoned oil palm trees productive preventing their felling for illegal mining and logging; and is now generating sustainable livelihoods for farmers who are 70% women. Under 18 months, the GTP has reached 200 farmers in Ghana, salvaging 30,000 oil palm trees, generating 3 times more employment per unit area than smallholder farmer's initial farming approach and the jobs are year-round rather than seasonal. This project is geared towards boosting farmers’ incomes, increasing productivity, developing sustainable employments, and creating sustainable value chain in the smallholder farming sector which we hope to extend the solution to other cultivation nations across Africa.
Secondly, GTP is re-greening abandoned plantations to ensure better climatic conditions in the cultivation regions as palm plantations are known as effective as rain forests in reducing carbon dioxide (a critical contributor to global warming) from the environment.
Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?
The GTP-Africa is financed and sustained totally by Green Afro-Palms (GAP). Under the GTP-Africa project, funds spent on reaching farmers to adopt farms are recovered from sales of the finished products (palm oil & Palm kernel nuts) processed from the yields from these adopted farms. Farmers get paid for the yields from their farms with some deductions made to cover the cost of salvaging the farms. It is a win-win situation as farmers get their abandoned farms salvaged and productive, from which GAP purchases the increased yields (ready market) as raw materials to be processed into palm oil and palm kernel nuts- that GAP finally sells to make revenue and margins; then the cycle continues again. Funding of GTP is GAP’s earned income, used for both operations and as social responsibility.
Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?
GTP uses innovations to improve productivity, granting farmer’s options of staying in cultivation by salvaging their farms for expansions with post-harvest processing using our technology GAPROTECH: a portable technology designed and manufactured by ourselves as engineers, that utilizes solar as source of energy, to process 2.5 times more oils from oil palm yields to earn 3 times more revenue, whilst producing biogas as a by-product which our farmers can use as fuel for cooking in their homes.
Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.
The founder from mining engineering school decided to translate his engineering skill into finding solutions for increasing food production and improving livelihoods of farmers. After bumping into a report by a British firm MASDAR (Master Plan for Oil Palm Industry in Ghana-MASDAR Report, 2011) revelation was made about the dwindling Africa’s oil palm production as a result of farmers who use unimproved technologies. Young Kwame, 22 years old then, with Mining Engineering background after seeing mechanization used in mining, decided that it should work in agriculture also. He decried the gap between commercial farming and hand farming and from this, the company: Green Afro-Palms (GAP) commenced to proffer solutions in smallholder’s oil palm cultivation and processing under which the GTP-Africa project was initiated.
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