Kwame Ababio’s business, Green Afro Palms, puts more money in the pockets of smallholder palm farmers by introducing best practices to the sector. Kwame’s technology increases crop yields,and steers farmers away from non-sustainable practices. In Ghana, 80% of palm oil cultivation islow output and archaic. With Green Afro Palms, smallholders process nearly three times as much from their crops, and earn three times more.
Green Afro Palms “uses mechanization in the processing of yields,” and, Kwame says that partnership with smallholder farmers in Ghana “discourages farmers from allowing their farms to be felled and used in activities like illegalmining, which destroys the land.” The win-winprocess is good for smallholder farmers and the environment.
The Presidential Jury says Kwame “saw a problem of lack of incentives for smallholder palm farmers to continue cultivating and producing palm oil. Many farmers, in their processes, produce harmful smoke for the environment. This entrepreneur uses his own designed, portable processing plants to help small oil farms.”
Due to hardship, Kwame says that more than 70%of farmers have abandoned their farms. Green Afro Palms offers solutions. Kwame’s businessuses machinery to process palm oil. Farmers loanthe technology and increase production. And, Kwame has developed sales channels for farmers to access.
The demand for palm oil is high, both for cooking and cosmetics. Kwame estimates the global market is in the tens of billions of dollars annually. Throughout West Africa, Kwame believes smallholder palm farmers can dramatically improve their methods, thus improving their livelihoods. With $100,000 from the African Entrepreneurship Award, Green Afro Palms can soon scale and contribute to that improvement.