There is virtually no large-scale farming operation in this region of the country. Through this flagship project, AgDevCo is aiming to start developing a supply chain and enhance the attractiveness of Northern Ghana for experienced commercial farming companies. Challenges include dealing with Ghana’s informal land tenure system, lack of commercial farming expertise, environmental, social and governance risks, community acceptance and raising capital. These challenges are identical to the larger Babator Irrigated Farming Hub (BIFH) project. Recruitment of workers with the right skills set in this remote area is a challenge that has been addressed successfully so far.
AgDevCo has created BFC and committed a total $7.4m to establish a 356ha modern farm and prove that commercial farming can be sustainable in this part of Ghana, under irrigation. BFC is the first phase implementation of the larger BIFH project and will be used to catalyse further investments into the BIFH area. AgDevCo has provided a commercial proof-of-concept at BFC.