Jemima Afari-Kwarteng

Business advisor

Intern Agribusiness at CTA, from from October 2018 till September 2019

Jemima Afari-Kwarteng

Biography

Jemima Afari-Kwarteng is a young lady from Ghana, she has a background in agriculture. She did her bachelors in University of Ghana where she studied agribusiness and worked as a research assistant in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness. After which she studied Management, Economics and Consumer studies with specialisation in Management of Innovations for a master programme at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Articles

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Experience with climate-smart agriculture (CSA) initiatives increasingly shows that delivering green services in isolation is an ineffective approach that produces disappointing outcomes. The provision of ‘bundled’ of products which are suited to farmers requirements is far more likely to promote CSA uptake, increasing sustainability and resilience to climate change as a result. Examples from different CTA projects show this approach in action.

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All communities are characterised by social norms, cultural values and spiritual beliefs that shape, define and set relational behaviours and standards. Unfortunately, women are often burdened by socio-cultural norms and values that have negative consequences – this is true of most communities in ACP countries. There is a strong case to review how these affect women’s engagement in agribusiness – and explore how social cultural factors and norms can be used to women’s advantage.

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In most developing countries, agriculture is the leading employer in rural areas. However, many young people regard the sector as the domain of the older generation, and shun it as a result, often migrating to urban areas in search of greener pastures. Here, two cases from Nigeria and Jamaica showcase the successful experiences of young agripreneurs who have launched start-ups, instead of moving away. Their stories may serve as inspiration for other youths contemplating a future in agriculture.

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