Agrihouse Foundation, in partnership with United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Ghana Poultry Project (GPP), is set to launch the third edition of the Livestock, Poultry and Fisheries Tradeshow (LiPF) on March 2, 2021.
The main event of the two-day training and exhibition tradeshow, is slated for May 21 to May 22, 2020 and is also in partnership with Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), and 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 farming actors and exhibitors, tertiary and financial institutions, 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 a unique time to inform and educate participants about alternative means to create jobs and make additional income, especially, in the animal agricultural sector due to losses triggered due to Cover-19 pandemic.
“LiPF during these times seek to build resilience and confidence in individuals who have lost their source of income and are looking for alternative means to employment and job creation. 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, ” she said.
As organizing partners, Chief of Party of USDA-funded Ghana Poultry Project (GPP), Carianne De Boer, noted that development partners and agricultural 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 integrated approaches to enabling the youth to gain access to knowledge, finance, assets, and modern technology.
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 held in 2019 brought about one thousand participants from Ghana and other countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, among others, with over 40 Exhibitors whiles the second edition saw about 785 participants in attendance over the two days.
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, 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.
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.