Congratulations to the 2021 Farmer’s Day National Best Farmer Award winners!

This years’ award package, presented by The President of the Republic, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo and the Hon. Dr. Afriyie Akoto Owusu, Minister of Food and Agriculture, organized by Agrihouse Foundation, and generously sponsored by Broadspectrum Group, included an agric innovation study tour to Israel.

At the Israel Trade and Economic Mission to Ghana , we couldn’t agree more; Israel innovation and agri-technologies hold much promise for agri-development in Ghana, and is a great way to help outstanding farmers achieve even more.
Why?
Let’s take a brief look at the Israeli Agriculture sector and what it can offer.

According to AgFunder, Israel is ranked among the top five countries in the world in innovative developments in Agri-Food. Israel’s strong agritech sector stems from governmental support and the learning to manage with the local shortage of natural resources. This fostered innovative methods and technologies for “growing more with less” from even before the founding of the modern State of Israel, long before it became a global issue. There is a global move towards data-enabled technology and Internet of Things- technologies where Israel is acknowledged as a global leader. The range of Israel’s agritech innovation capabilities is broad and varied. It includes solutions that range from the cutting edge such as swarming robot drones and big data analytics software, to the simple and cheap, yet effective solutions like drip irrigation.

Ghana’s agriculture is largely smallholder farmer dominated and rain fed. With the increasing demand of imported agricultural products and current lack of capacity of smallholder farmers to satisfy growing market demand, introduction of Israel’s innovative agriculture technologies into Ghana’s agriculture would be hugely beneficial. From innovative yet simple irrigation kits, to greenhouse farming solutions, simple farming digitalization apps; and post-harvest storage; these economical and scalable solutions can contribute tremendously to the increase of Ghana’s yields per acre, helping small holder farmers be more competitive, increasing jobs for youth, and stabilizing the local food supply.

Whether you think of Israel as the land of milk and honey, or the land of agri-drones and drip irrigation, one thing is sure – Israel is the place to go for great agriculture solutions that can help grow your agri-business and Ghana.

For more information, and to explore any agric related solutions or business opportunities, speak to our agric lead – Kirk Amoah @Kirk.Amoah@israeltrade.gov.il