Agri-Impact together with FARA and Funding from Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) supported a project called Entrepreneurship for Commercial Seed Incubation Business (ECoSIB) in 2016. This project built the technical and managerial competencies of seed businesses, to help increase the availability and accessibility of superior seed varieties to smallholder farmers in Ghana. Seed companies in Ghana were supported with on -field technical training. Afterwards, mentorship training on quality assurance audit and technical evaluation of farm structure including field production, field maintenance and postharvest handling of seeds were provided to them.
In collaboration with expert from the CSIR-Crop Research Institute, Grains and Legumes Development Board and Agri-Impact Consult, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), African Agribusiness Incubator Network (AAIN) and the Seed Inspection Unit of MoFA the capacities of the seed companies were built. They were also supported to develop promotional materials and tools, maintain hybrid lines and seed germination/multiplication systems, develop seed branding and promotional strategies, and incubation guidelines and tools. At the end of the project
a) 1 Central Seed Business Incubator Centre Established
b) 10 Commercial Seed Business Entrepreneurs incubated
c) 20 Certified Seed Growers Trained for business growth and profitability
d) 3 Private Entrepreneurs Mentored for Production of Early Generation Seeds (EGS)