AMAATI is the first and currently the only company in Ghana that has identified marketable indigenous cereals that can be revived and promoted to benefit the indigenous people and customers who are in a trading relationship with us.
We are nourishing the world starting from soil up. We believe that sustainable food production depends heavily on the soil and as such we promote the production of Fonio in Ghana by organizing vulnerable rural women to grow Fonio on community degraded lands. The farmers received all the services required to produce Fonio through our KUM application. These services include credit to plough and buy seeds, climate smart tips, best agronomic tips, market information and pricing. All the services are paid back in kind. AMAATI buys the surplus at guarantee market prices at farm gate.
Most women in the rural savannah had no access to fertile lands. The only available lands were degraded lands which could not support food crop cultivation, compromising food security. Fonio was indigenous food that had been neglected, yet it was the only crop that could grow very well on marginal lands without fertilizers. AMAATImobilized vulnerable rural women in high food insecure areas to grow Fonio. They are formed into groups and registered on the platform to receive the necessary support. AMAATI also undertake training and demonstrations to increase farmers’ capacity to produce and increased Fonio yields.
Fonio cultivated on poor soils can be regenerated after two-three years because of its firm ground cover to stop erosion and its nature to bring fertile soil from the bottom up. Women grow other food crops after two to three production cycle. A uniquevalue chain approach for inclusive trade.
Fonio is an adaptable, hardy grain that is resilient to droughts, rich in nutrients and protein, and that can be a major part of one’s diet, especially during food shortages (Wageningen University, 2012).It matures in 8 weeks and withstand a wide range of weather conditions.As this innovation grows more farmers will diversify.Crop diversification is a key strategy for resilience to climate change.We focus more on sustainable agriculture and livelihoods which ensures long term agricultural activities as well as healthy agro-ecosystems with minimal inputs for crop productivity. The innovation is more scalable as it provides a sustainable and locally viable option for a rural populace.