Agrihouse Foundation, in partnership with United State Department of Agriculture (UNDA) – Ghana Poultry Project (GPP), has launched the third edition of the Livestock, Poultry and Fisheries Tradeshow (LiPF) on March 02, on the theme, “WE MOVE! W) YAA.”
The main event of the two-day training and exhibition tradeshow is slated for May 21 to May 22, and is also in partnership with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), and the National Farmers and Fishermen Award Winner’s Association of Ghana (NFFAWAG).
According to the Executive Director of Agrihouse, Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, the third edition of LiPF will afford participants, including, livestock, poultry and fisheries farmers and exhibitors, tertiary and financial institutions, agriculture and media organizations, and development partners, a learning environment to explore deeper ways to take advantage of opportunities in the animal agricultural sector.
She said LiPF has come at an opportune time to inform and educate participants about alternative means to create jobs and make additional income, especially, in the animal agricultural sector, since many people in the country now have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“LifP is a relevant intervention and it is now more relevant as it seeks to build resilience and confidence in individuals who have lost their source of income and are looking for alternate means in these times. It is also here to encourage people who are passionate and interested in the animal agricultural sector, to let them see the multiple opportunities they can take advantage of.”
“Even with government and private sector interventions, the animal agricultural sector still has several areas of opportunities that have not been tapped into. These are the areas we are aiming to highlight this year,” she said.
As organizing partners, Chief of Party of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Ghana Poultry Project (GPP), has Carianne De Boer, noted that development partners and agri-stakeholders must ensure that public and donor investor policies truly reflect the resilient and prosperous future they envision for the agricultural sector, by taking a fresh look at youth in agriculture programmes, and considering more robust approaches to enabling the youth to gain access to knowledge, finance, assets, and modern technology.
She said to engage and empower young people in agriculture, the sector must address young people’s aspirations and expectations, emphasizing that, young people are very interested in modernized approaches to agriculture, where they can utilize their mobile phones, new techniques and computers to manage their poultry.
Annually, LiPF brings together hundreds of individuals, groups and business within the animal agricultural value chain to showcase and promote their products and services, whiles training and building capacity of persons and individuals, who want to venture into the livestock business.
The maiden edition of the Livestock, Poultry and Fisheries Tradeshow was held alongside the 7th All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture (AACAA), in 2019, with about one thousand participants from Ghana and other countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, among others, with over 40 Exhibitors. Exhibitors included livestock, poultry and fisheries-based companies like Jubaili, Ghana Poultry Project, Agricare, Tilly farms, Big Stars among others.
Participants expressed their joy at the initiative and appreciated that it came at a time when government was championing the Rearing for Food and Jobs initiative, because it allowed them to showcase their goods and services, also impact their activities had on the country’s animal agricultural sector and on the Ghanaian economy, wholly.
The second edition of LiPF was held at the Efua Sutherland Children’s park last year, with about 785 participants in attendance over the two days. The second edition focused on training sessions in animal agriculture, equipping participants to step up their ideas and interest in going into animal agriculture. The training therefore equipped participants with basic and intermediary knowledge required for poultry, piggery, snail production, mushroom production, cattle rearing, small ruminants (sheep, goats, rabbit) rearing.
This year, the launch will outline key strategies and activities that will make up the third edition of the two event which is being planned in collaboration with knowledgeable stakeholders from agri-institutions and farmer organizations, including NBSSI, CSIR, NFFWAG, USDP-GPP, Fisheries Commission, Animal Production Directorate and Egg Secretariat.
Impacts of LiPF
Since the first edition, Agrihouse Foundation, through LiPF has built organic data over the years and has engaged over 50,000 sub holder farmers with a significant percentage of them expressing interest in animal agriculture. The high numbers recorded and interest expressed by participants necessitated an urgent need to add and build on the training component of the event
Furthermore, analysis of the feedback received from the first edition of LiPF revealed 87% of participants wanted training in starting a poultry, piggery, rabbit, cattle, and piggery farm; 90% were of the view that a platform like LiPF was a perfect one to offer introductory training. This led to the introduction of more training sessions during the second edition of the event.
About Agrihouse Foundation
Agrihouse Foundation is a non-governmental agricultural capacity building, innovation and project management organization, with a special focus on changing the perception of, and consciously shaping the conversation around agriculture.
In light of this, we undertake a number of agricultural interventional projects and events, all year round, for our farmers, agric students, agribusinesses, households into backyard farming, among others.
Our projects include, Agricultural Students Career Guidance and Mentorship Dialogues Bootcamp (AG- STUD); Livestock Poultry & Fisheries Trade Show (LiPF); Women in Food and Agricultural Leadership Forum (WOFAGRIC) and Gold in the Soil Awards; International Farmers & Agribusiness’ Resilience and Sustainability Convention (INTAFAC), Annual Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Conference and Exhibitions; The Agrihouse Agri-Woman Market Place; Agri-Watch; 1 household, 1 Garden Initiative (1h,1g).