Alliance for Community Investment Associations

About

The Alliance for Community Investment Associations (ACIA) promotes the distribution and proper use of agricultural inputs, farmer training, irrigation schemes for rice production and the outsourcing of tractor services for ploughing. The company supports the production of maize, sorghum, groundnut and soybean. ACIA operates mainly in Wa West, Upper West Region, with 1,700 smallholder farmers, of whom 70% are women. Each farmer cultivates an average of 2 acres. With the assistance of the company the smallholder farmers have increased their yields and income. The company joined the MADE programme in 2019 and has aggregated 5,360mini-bags of maize, 35,000mini-bags of soybean, 259mini-bags of sorghum and 210maxi-bags of groundnuts.

MADE interventions

  • Recruited, trained and deployed three Farm Enterprise Advisors (FEAs) and one FEA manager to train and guide farmers on good agricultural practices. 
  • Supported underserved farmers using extension services from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to offer advice and information to help them increase production. 
  • Provided demonstrations and training on how to apply fertiliser and pesticides. 
  • Facilitated relationships with other MADE partners such as EL Balicon, Wabco and Yuoenu Company Limited. 
  • Facilitated and strengthened commercial partnerships between ACIA and Ghana’s agriculture sector investment programme. 
  • Facilitated links with tractor service providers.

Impacts

  • Enhanced knowledge in good agricultural practices for agricultural production.  
  • Improved knowledge of record keeping.  
  • Increased smallholder outreach from 535 to 1,700 between 2017 and 2019. 
  • Increased ease of access to inputs, credit and markets. 
  • Improved financial forecasting and farm business planning for smallholders. 
  • Increased yields from 2 to 10maxi-bags per acre for all produce.
Location

Contact information

Business name: Alliance for Community Investment Associations
Address: c/o Box 47, Lassia Tuolu, Wa
Region: Upper West
Contact person: Elvis Narko Dari
Job title: CEO
Phone: 054 672 9277 / 059 533 4660
Email: elvisnarkodari@yahoo.co.uk

Products and services

Products: cereals, legumes
Agricultural inputs: fertiliser, pesticide, seeds, weedicide
Crop services: marketing, mechanisation
Farm advisory services: field demonstrations, good agricultural practices

The information in this profile has been gathered from the agribusiness enterprise.
Profile updated: October 2020.

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