Young Ghanaian Farmer Shortlisted for ADLER Entrepreneurship Awards 15

A young Ghanaian entrepreneur- Ababio Kwame, who considers Farming as solution to ending poverty, has been shortlisted for The ADLER Entrepreneurship Awards 2015 in Germany-Frankfurt. The young man’s vigorous work in his chosen field – Agriculture makes him a nominee for ADLER Entrepreneurship Awards in the category of Young Professional/ Entrepreneur in 2015.

The ADLER Entrepreneurship Awards, now in its 10th year is an award to acknowledge the accomplishments of Africans in Europe and Africa. It is presented to Africans and people of African descent that show the greatest promise of contribution to human well-being, through the creation and application of their activities, intellect and knowledge. The award also deems to encourage and support these citizens in their efforts and to showcase their impact on their communities on the local, national and international levels with their practical application or creation of jobs and wealth which will generate substantial value for Africans in the Diaspora and in Africa.

Since its commencement in 2005, the ADLER Entrepreneurship Awards has attracted thousands of applications from leading African individuals and businesses, as well as given out 100s of awards to businesses and individuals of diverse fields. The incredibly high ray of spotlight provided by the Awards, as well as the unrivalled access to a network of top entrepreneurs and business networks, has spurred previous winners unto even more glorious heights in their respective fields.

Ababio Kwame is an energetic young Ghanaian (25yrs), who after mining engineering school, self-trained as an agro-entrepreneur, with passion for development and a natural affinity for advocacy. He adores the trademark of hard work and excellence in his endeavors and has high optimism in the young African’s contribution to Africa’s development. He started his organization in 2012 right after tertiary school: Green Afro-Palms; An agro organization causing facelift to the Sub Saharan Agricultural framework, driving the youth and small scale farmers into vibrant agriculture through best practices for cultivating plantations and value chain processing; selecting and presenting Oil Palm as an alternative commodity for vegetating Africa’s degrading environment, generating jobs and sustainable livelihoods.

Green Afro-Palms (GAP) derived from “Green African Palms” after its establishment in 2012 has since undergone its development stages of mobilizing small scale oil palm farmers and has constructed improved artisanal palm oil mills for small scale processors in Ghana-West Africa. GAP, commenced operations of her palm oil mills (GAP-Mills) in 2015 serving over 60 small scale palm farmers, with over 100 metric tons of Palm Fruits milled within the first 5 months of operation. GAP has also marketed over 35,000 litres of palm oil from small scale processors with up to 10 farmers benefiting directly from “GAP’s- Associate Farming”: where farmers are assisted technically and financially on the best management of farms for higher yields. GAP is partnered with development organizations in Ghana including “Participatory Development Associates (PDA-Ghana)” and has won partnership with one of Africa’s startup incubators: Servled Africa Ltd. in 2015 as their first ever Agribusiness startup under their incubator, also been shortlisted as one of the Young Agribusiness under the – Youth enterprise support incubator program (YES GHANA), 2015.

Kwame has optimism in the young African’s contribution to Africa’s development and together with his organization; he is geared in implementing Farming for sustainable development in Africa against all odds, distractions and drawbacks to help Africa contribute in feeding the world, reducing poverty and providing employment for upcoming generations. He believes Agriculture is a solution to Africa’s challenges hence must be patronized by all especially the youth as he describes in one of his publications: “Why ‘I’ must do Agric-An AFRICAN YOUTH” [see: ]

Green Afro-Palms (GAP) is among young agro-organisations sprouting in Ghana, but distinguishes themselves by choosing a specific path in agriculture selecting Oil palm cultivation as their main activity ; reviving the small scale farming though improved farms management and processing technologies to address a situation which has caused a steadily decline in Africa’s Palm oil production on the world scale resulting in the share of Africa’s global commercial palm oil, dropping from about 27% in 1980 to 3% in 2011. This has caused a deficit of 450,000 mt in West-Africa and a million mt in Africa, making the region a net importer of Palm oil. Ghana the country of location of Green Afro-Palms Organisation is also part of Nations with suitable lands in the World for oil palm cultivation but has similar conditions, of oil palm farming, to other African oil palm cultivation Nations.

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