GADCO is a fully-irrigated commercial rice producer and processor, focusing on the production of high-quality rice at its 1,000ha nucleus farm and linking surrounding outgrower farmers to markets. Ghana is increasingly reliant on food imports, especially high-priced rice. Whilst local rice growing conditions are favourable, farmers lack access to aromatic and long grain varieties (and associated inputs) that are in demand locally and command high prices.
AgDevCo’s investment in GADCO is supporting the expansion of the nucleus rice farm and the sustainable growth of the outgrower programme. Following the successful restructuring, GADCO’s outgrower program (Copa Connect) and the Wienco (RMG) rice outgrower schemes have been successfully merged under the Copa Connect Brand. With AgDevCo’s support, GADCO aims to become a leading rice producer and milling operation for the domestic market in Ghana and to expand its outgrower programme to 3,000 farmers.
2,724 MT of high quality rice produced locally in 2017.
933 local farmers integrated into GADCO's supply chain and given access to improved seeds and inputs for both seasons during 2017.
276 out of 933 farmers are female.
Farmers provided with input credit, mechanisation and processing advisory services.
GADCO’s programmes provide irrigated farming plots to Fieve landlords and the local community and services to outgrowers.