Reflections from Partners
The Head of Agricultural Services for Nestlé Central and West Africa, Olivier Marchand, acknowledged the impressive program impact so far, giving the challenging situations, and has provided assurance for continuous technical support and commitment to offtake the grains produced under the program.
This workshop has given us the opportunity to assess the impact of the Grains for Growth program and we are proud of the progress that has been made. Through this program, Nestlé is able to purchase quality grain from smallholders and SMEs locally. The results are evident and though there is still a lot to be done, we see a big impact being made.
There are still things to change and improve, but overall we look forward to continuing this program together and are thankful to the Mastercard Foundation for supporting this, and IDH for coordinating all of it.
IDH’s Global Director, Kebba Colley, who is the initial brain and originator of the Grains for Growth Program, shared his optimism about the future of the program based on the results from the first year and projections. He assured everyone that IDH will continue to push the boundaries to ensure that quality is ensured in the program, and that businesses under the Program will have access to affordable funding and market opportunities to be able to maximize their potentials become part of Global supply chains of international businesses.
This project is for the next generation Ghana, the next generation of farmers, the next generation food processors, branding, marketing, whatever agricultural space you need, with proper financing from the infrastructure side, from the working capital, from the CAPEX of the companies, so these companies do not remain small but they grow to become the prominent producers in Ghana that are businesses that hire, recruit so many jobs in this sector. Ghana needs it, Ghana deserves it, this needs to go that way.
The Country Director of the Mastercard Foundation, Rosy Fynn, expressed satisfaction with the results and coordination of the program. The Foundation has particularly taken some cues from the programmatic practices which will inform their program review process and designs in other sectors beyond Agriculture sector to ensure relevance and sustainability. During the Learning event, the Mastercard Foundation also announced their intention to commence immediate discussion with IDH on further scale-up of the program and other partnership opportunities. The scale-up will include horticulture value chains to empower more women, youth and create more jobs and income.
It has been really great working with IDH, I think they have got a model that works and we are looking forward to even more impacts in the future, and hopefully expand to other products beyond the grains we have today. So, great experience and looking forward to more impacts with IDH and off-takers like Nestle, etc.