June 20, 2024
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Amaati Co.Ltd to inject Over ¢10m In Sustainable Fonio Production In Ghana

Amaati Company Ltd, through support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is committing about $742,000 in Fonio production in Northern Ghana.

AMAATI, a Ghanaian social enterprise that pioneered the revival of fonio in the country will invest these funds in the expansion of its production capacity from the current three to ten metric tonnes per day.

The USAID’s West Africa Trade and Investment Hub (WATIH) has supported AMAATI Since 2021 to develop over a 1,000-hectare fonio farm, train 8,100 landless and disenfranchised farmers, mainly women and youth, to produce and process fonio, to engage in good agricultural practices, and to export fonio worth $4.6 million (¢66.9 million).

Fonio is an ancient drought-resistant, gluten-free and very high in nutrients. The cereal is an African grain from the millet family that regenerates degraded soil and contains numerous nutrients and health benefits.

The product is also culturally significant in Africa and is low in cholesterol, sodium, and fat. It is a good source of calcium, iron, and B vitamins. Fonio is a neglected indigenous crop with the unique ability to regenerate depleted soils after 3 years of continuous cultivation.

Fonio isn’t just a grain; it’s a symbol of resilience, empowerment, and progress, for communities across northern Ghana, especially for women who have limited access to land, said USAID/Ghana Deputy Mission Director Grace Lang during the opening of the expanded AMAATI fonio factory in Tamale.

This factory represents our [USAID and AMAATI] joint commitment to develop the fonio market in West Africa. It will enable more women and youth in northern Ghana to engage in fonio farming and facilitate value-added manufacturing of the super grain for domestic consumption and export, Lang added.

The United States is Ghana’s largest bilateral development partner. In 2023 USAID’s bilateral development assistance, totaling over $140 million, was dedicated to supporting agriculture, economic growth, health, education, governance, and more.

WATIH supports businesses, like AMAATI, to increase productivity and competitiveness, and access the U.S. market. Through the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), Ghana can export more than 6,500 products to the United States duty-free.

About Amaati Company Limited

Amaati is a triple-bottom-line business tackling food insecurity and poverty in the rural savannah zone. It is a registered social enterprise that pioneered the revival of Fonio in Northern Ghana after 10 decades of its extinction.

It works with farmers, particularly women, in producing and processing Fonio. The enterprise was formed with the idea of creating sustainable livelihoods for women farmers whose lands are degraded due to excessive usage and creating a land management system where the lands can be regenerated and used to grow Fonio and food crops.

Amaati is nourishing the world starting from the soil up. The company believes that sustainable food production and consumption depend heavily on the soil, and as such, Amaati is using a market-led approach to support vulnerable landless women in deprived communities in rural savannah to cultivate a unique indigenous grain, “Fonio,” on community poor soils that have been abandoned.

As a pioneering company reviving Fonio in Ghana, it facilitates women’s access to marginal lands to cultivate Fonio.

Its mission is to create sustainable communities in West Africa through the use of Fonio, which nourishes the land, people, and society.

Its objective is to stimulate the production and consumption of Fonio and its associated products by improving post-harvest processing.

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