Abare Enterprise is an input dealer that provides agro-inputs to farmers. The business supplies 1,373 smallholder farmers (of which about 37% are women) in Bawku West District, with each farmer cultivating an average of 1 acre. The benefits to the farmers include access to inputs and information sharing. In 2019, the company supplied 82.5 MT of fertiliser and 1,020 litres of pesticides and herbicides. The company also supplies Abugri Francis Enterprise with tomatoes and Abdallah Enterprise with pesticides. Abare Enterprise was awarded Best Input Dealer in 2012 by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The business became a MADE partner in 2014.
- Recruited, trained and deployed six Business Development Advisors (BDAs) and one BDA manager to serve as sales agents and advise farmers on the proper use of farm inputs.
- Built the smallholder farmers’ capacities through farm demonstrations and farmer trainings.
- Facilitated relationships with other MADE partners, such as Simple Prince Enterprise and Adayelsum Meridian Seeds, which has been beneficial due to knowledge sharing and access to complementary inputs and services.
- Facilitated/strengthened commercial partnerships with other enterprises, for example Tikola and Agriseed Ltd.
- Introduced the Advanced Business Model, which is helping farmers to position themselves to do better in their business.
- Increased smallholder outreach from 513 to 1,373 between 2014 and 2019.
- Increased access to inputs, credit and markets.
- Increased understanding of good agricultural practices and proper application of agro-inputs.
- Facilitated timely application of inputs.
- Improved financial forecasting and planning for smallholders.
- Increased smallholder farmer yields from 3 to 15 bags (100 kg) per acre for maize, through the introduction of improved seed.
- Increased smallholder farmer incomes.