Daniel Acquaye (Agribusiness and Market Development Expert)
Daniel Acquaye is an Agribusiness Development and Value Chain Expert. He has served as a consultant to several local and international institutions including the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and has also served as a Principal Investigator for a number of projects including Partnership for Food Industry Development (PFID) and Horticultural CRSP.
Dan has conducted several value chain studies in cereals, horticulture and agro-forestry products in a number of African countries. Dan has conducted studies on the roles and opportunities for the private sector in Africa’s agro-food industry where perspectives on the subject were drawn from Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Directors of over 55 global, multinational, regional and national agro-business firms comprising: Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Farmer-based and Development Organizations, Financial Institutions, Agro-input Suppliers, Agro-processers, Supermarkets and Agribusiness Platforms in Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Burkina, Zambia and Nigeria. He was the lead consultant for the development of the Regional Agricultural Investment Plan (RAIP) for ECOWAS (visited Burkina, Mali and Senegal) and has been engaged as an expert to review National Agricultural and Food Security Investment Plans (NA&FSIP) of a number of countries including Liberia, Gambia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Ghana. Additionally, he serves as CAADP Pillar II consultant providing support to African countries to outlay frameworks and tools on market access, trade infrastructure, value chain development and capacity building. He provides strategic contributions to development of agricultural and agribusiness programmes including the Agri-foods Strategic development plan for COMESA countries.
In addition, Mr. Acquaye consults for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to assist in agricultural project design and implementation in Burkina Faso. Under USAID funded programmes, Mr. Acquaye has conducted market assessments on high value horticultural and natural plant products in countries such as Guinea, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Cameroon, Swaziland, Liberia, Ghana, and Senegal, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and has helped in the establishment of several projects in some of the countries.
Dan Acquaye has over 15 years working experience in the development sector. He is the Executive Director for Agri-Impact Consult and Agribusiness in Sustainable Natural African Plant Product (ASNAPP). He has tremendous private sector linkages in the staple food, horticultural and natural products industries; years experience in rural enterprise development, capacity building models for small scale farmers and establishment of public-private partnerships for agribusiness projects.
Dan Acquaye holds a Master of Business Administration (Project Management) and a Bachelor of Science, Agriculture (Agronomy).
Abraham is an Agribusiness, Value Chain and Financing Expert. Currently working as the Value Chain Expert/Consultant for CAADP Pillar 2 of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Program (CAADP), Abraham has evaluated, advised and supported value chain development in many National Agricultural Investment Plans of several countries in Africa. He has led, participated and facilitated several workshops, seminars and training programs relating to Agricultural Development in Africa.
As a Value Chain Expert, He has analyzed created, appraised, and implemented value chain opportunities for industries including smallholder farming, handicraft, cosmetic and the natural plant industry. He applies value chain approach to identify appropriate interventions to increase farmer productivity, facilitate market linkages and add value to agricultural products. Abraham works with traders, processors, wholesalers and retailers to move agricultural production to local, regional and international markets.
Abraham has over 15 years experience as project implementer and consultant in international development cooperation. Through professional involvement with various development organizations, such as local NGOs, INGOs, private businesses, bilateral and multilateral organizations, Abraham has gained extensive first-hand experience and knowledge of different institutional approaches to development. He has considerable know-how in designing and leading major international value chain and SME programs. He has also assisted in securing investments for start-ups, existing businesses and joint ventures for quick expansion into international markets. Abraham is on retainer for international organizations like Technoserve, ASNAPP and GROFIN. He also worked as a Business Development Officer for United States African Development Foundation (USADF) a US Federal Government program in assisting rural development and SMEs through the value chain approach.
He has a BSc in Agriculture from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, a Graduate Diploma in Management Studies and MBA in Finance from University of Ghana. Abraham is a trainer, lecturer, and a facilitator. His major asset is strategic business planning, development and financing options for agricultural investment along the value chain.
Juliana Asante-Dartey has extensive experience working in varied roles with elements of business analysis, project management and coordination. She has expertise in project conceptualization, formulation and implementation within schedule and budget, financial budgeting and budgetary control.
She has over 10 years experience in business and enterprise development, market facilitation, procurement planning and implementation, training, capacity building and team work. Mrs. Asante-Dartey has proven ability to manage multi-stakeholder, multi-sectorial partnerships and multi-faceted projects.
In her role as Country Director, she has initiated and simultaneously managed and coordinated programmes in applied research, standards development, technology transfer, capacity building, quality assurance and market development.
She has a good understanding of the local natural products industry and international markets and has worked with public agencies and departments, universities and researchers, over 60 exporters and herbal manufacturers, 2 product associations, 30 rural enterprises and 4,000 collectors and agents of medicinal plants in Ghana as well as leading buyers in South Africa and USA.
Mrs. Asante-Dartey has co-authored several publications on natural products including spices, herbal teas and medicinal plants.
Immanuel Tettey is a development planning, institutional and organisation development (I/OD) expert with over 12 years cumulative post-graduate level working experience as a consultant and programme component specialist in GTZ-Ghana. As a development planning and OD consultant Immanuel Tettey has designed, coached and provided backstopping for the planning and implementation of interventions at the local, district and national levels involving both private and public sector organisation in Ghana. These programmes were implemented as part of a participatory and integrated development agenda to improve the livelihood of communities, strengthen community-based and other private organisations and improve on the performance of selected public sector organisations. Immanuel Tettey’s expertise has positively impacted over 40 local government authorities (District Assemblies) and other organisations as the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), GTZ (now GIZ) – Ghana, the Atebubu Market Management, the Rubber Out-growers and Agents Association (ROAA) based in the Western Region of Ghana and the Oil-Palm Out-growers Association (OPOA) in the Central Region.
Immanuel Tettey was the leader of a two-member team that conducted an internal audit of the Cashew Development Project (CDP) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Ghana. This was the end of project internal assessment which covered the Project Management Unit (PMU), the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), research institutions such as the Cocoa Research Institution, Ghana (CRIG), cashew fruit processors and other actors in selected project regions and districts. He designed and implemented a number of organisation and institutional capacity improvement measures involving capacity needs assessment, teambuilding, training, facilitation, coaching and providing backstopping for technical staff of Local Government Authorities and other development stakeholders at the national, district, urban/town levels in over 40 Local Government Authorities (District Assemblies). The interventions were targeted at ensuring effective and efficient programming, implementation and programme implementation management. Mr. Tettey was a co-trainer for the IITA-SyReC in project cycle management (PCM), communication and advocacy for researchers. These interventions contributed to improved team work, operational effectiveness and overall performance of the professional involved.
Mr. Tettey was the Civil Society Specialist for the German Development Co-operation (GTZ)–Ghana, in the Local Governance-Poverty Reduction Support Programme (LG-PRSP). In this capacity he worked with the LG-PRSP team in Ghana to formulate, design, implement and monitor appropriate interventions to build local organizational capacity and promote the interface between Local Government Authorities, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), community-base organisations (CBOs) and civil society groups (CSOs) in the Programme regions.
Edward Frimpong-Barfi is an Agribusiness development and Value Chain Expert. He has substantive experience and competencies in business development – agricultural, agribusiness, marketing and SME capacity development in West Africa. He has worked in varying capacities in the Private sector offering managerial, advisory and consulting services in a varied portfolio of integrated projects covering agricultural production, agribusiness development enterprise restructuring, food processing, packaging, trading structures, value chain strengthening efforts and agricultural marketing.
Edward has also been involved with several local and international institutions including DANIDA, USAID, ECOWAS, and Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) Pillar II in the development of sustainable growth initiatives focusing on creating an enabling environment and critical investments in production improvements, infrastructure and human resources development. He has also participated in several development and management of comprehensive institutional strengthening, capacity building and training programmes, furthermore; he has had the privilege of representing the agro-industry on the Private Enterprise Foundation (PEF) and has had the opportunity of helping foster private-public sector partnership initiatives in the Agribusiness sector in Ghana.
Edward was involved in the development of the Regional Agricultural Investment Plan (RAIP) for ECOWAS as the livestock specialist (consultant) to review National Agricultural and Food Security Investment Plans tools on market access, trade infrastructure, value chain development and capacity building for farmer based organizations and trade associations as important components for rural and agricultural development strategies. His experience in Agribusiness particularly in the Livestock sector coupled with his association with the private sector have enabled him to foster a lot of business – business linkages in Ghana, Gambia, Liberia, Burkina, Togo, La Cote D’Ivoire, Europe and America.
Additionally, Edward has had the opportunity of making inputs into the Expanded Agribusiness Trade Promotion (E-ATP) project, a derivative of USAID with sponsorship from Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) to foster intra-regional trade; Market access, Market needs assessments, business-business and market linkages, and capacity building with the initial focus on Ghana and Burkina Faso.
Again, Edward has had over 14 years working experience in the Agribusiness sector and has been at the forefront of advocacy campaigns to stamp out the influx of cheap subsidized poultry into the Ghanaian Market.
Edward is the Lead Consultant of Afrigem Consult Ltd. and also the country representative for a number of foreign companies – Novus International (US) and Hendrix- Genetic B.V (Holland).
Edward holds a Master of Business Administration (Marketing Management) and Bachelor of Science, Agriculture (Animal Science).
Evelyn Ama Denchern
Emmanuel Okyere Boamah