Preparing Ghanaian cocoa farmers for changing climate conditions

CIAT collaborates with CocoaLink to help young farmers mitigate the negative effects of climate change through digital maps


Ghana is one of the largest cocoa-producing countries, with over 40% of the population relying on the crop as their main source of income. Besides providing employment, cocoa has many other economic benefits for Ghana, which makes climate change a real threat to the country’s economy. According to climate projections in Ghana, the northwest of the cocoa belt will no longer be suitable for cocoa by 2050s if no action is taken; traditional cocoa regions will remain suitable, but stresses such as pest and disease pressure and drought are expected to increase; and the western region will remain suitable as well, but adaptation efforts are needed to avoid cocoa production losses (Bunn, Schreyer and Castro. 2018). To mitigate the negative effects of climate change, it is necessary for cocoa farmers to adopt site-specific climate-smart practices that can be implemented quickly and effectively.

As part of CIAT’s ongoing efforts in climate-smart agriculture (CSA), the Center formed a consortium with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Rainforest Alliance, Root Capital, and the Sustainable Food Lab to promote CSA practices for cocoa farmers in the world’s leading producer countries, including Ghana.

The overall goal is to enable farmers to produce more cocoa while adapting to the changing climate and cutting down greenhouse gas emissions. The effort in Ghana is thus part of a broader goal to ensure CSA goes beyond pilot projects and achieves wider adoption.

Achieving wider adoption of CSA practices

In order for CSA practices to achieve scale, CIAT partnered with the CocoaLink App to deploy the Cocoa Zones interactive map and associated CSA training materials. CocoaLink is a mobile application aimed to train and incentivize the next generation of Ghanaian cocoa farmers through interactive contents in a variety of digital media such as videos, pictures and interactive quizzes. The app was built by Farmerline in collaboration with Hershey and supported by the  World Cocoa Foundation, to increase cocoa actors’ understanding of climate-smart cocoa and also to increase youth engagement in cocoa production by sharing critical information and agricultural tips in an innovative way.

Through CIAT’s collaboration with CocoaLink, the Cocoa Zones section was created as one of the key features of the application. The Cocoa Zones is an interactive map created with cocoa production data gathered from the consortium’s CSA project pilot in Ghana. The map breaks down the main cocoa growing areas into five Climate Change Impact Zones and informs users about the characteristics of each zone. Users are able to know the current climate conditions, the impact of climate change and the adaptation measures to take at farm level in each zone.



The tool has great potential for Ghanaian farmers and extension workers, whose work is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The CocoaLink App also recommends a range of CSA practices that users can follow, depending on their investment capacity to reduce the impact of climate change. They can go from Minimum investment to build resilience, to Bronze, Silver, and Gold; which has the highest amount of resources needed to adopt the optimal adaptation practices.


“The Cocoalink app includes both the climate exposure work as well as a level of investment filter that allows farmers to choose their willingness to invest (gold, silver, bronze). These tools help farmers not only understand the impact of climate change, but also identify specific practices that they can implement on their farms to reduce their exposure to increasingly  uncertain climate. In short, the app allows farmers to develop tailored solutions based on their climate challenges and economic conditions thus avoiding the ‘one size fits all’ trap.”

         -Mark Lundy

          (Theme leader, Sustainable Food Systems, Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) Research area, CIAT)

Through videos, photos, maps, quizzes, and articles, CocoaLink shows in a practical way how users can build and run a farm business. The app also features approved inputs that farmers can buy to apply the right products for increased productivity. With over 2,000 app users having spent 92,000+ minutes learning best agricultural and business practices on the app, CocoaLink has established itself as a resourceful and timely tool for farmers and extension officers across the country.

As a scientific organization, one of CIAT’s goals is to deliver on development impact through the knowledge delved from their collaborative research work with partners. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is one of the areas to which the organization has dedicated many resources with the aim of delivering sustainable solutions in the agricultural sector to adapt to and mitigate the challenging conditions created by climate variability and climate change. CIAT’s collaboration with CocoaLink is part of such efforts to achieve impact on the lives of thousands of farmers and the cocoa industry at large.

Click here to download the CocoaLink App.

By Leila Serwaah Khalid and Natalie Gutiérrez


Boosting the ‘ground force’ with intentional field and leadership training

Field agents are the true connectors in most industries. They enable direct interactions that humanise brands and organisations allowing for stronger affiliations and a great feedback system. In the agriculture value chain, field agents are the sustainers and enablers of last mile transactions between farmers and other players. Their involvement in products and service distribution channels is a requirement to successfully manage a robust agriculture extension or distribution service in most developing regions. 

Systems and conditions in some developing regions make it challenging for agriculture service providers to easily distribute essential products and services to farmers who mostly live and work in remote communities. Connecting these communities to larger markets, therefore, involves huge investments. The Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship describes such investments as ‘accounting for poor infrastructure, retaining and growing a large network of motivated agents’. Farmerline’s mission to directly impact farmers’ lives and businesses, drove it to develop a unique distribution model which relies on people and technology right from the beginning of its operations. Farmerline’s network of over 200 smartphone-empowered field agents travels far and near to deliver vital services and information to farmers’ doorsteps. In order to sustain and grow its distribution system, Farmerline has, over the years, heavily invested in the field agent network. Agents are equipped with essential resources for field work and are given world-class training in using the Mergdata Platform, sales, leadership and communication. The organisation has partnered with renowned experts in these areas to deliver hands-on training that improves agents’ fieldwork. 

The training modules are also focused on equipping agents to overcome challenges while in the field. Earning the trust of farmers is one of the major challenges. By learning better communication techniques, agents are able to listen and interact in a manner that earns them farmers’ trust and attention. Earning a farmer’s trust allows further interactions that build understanding, informs Farmerline’s solutions and enables farmers to easily adopt the solutions.

The trainings are also delivered to boost agents’ ability to execute their work efficiently and thrive in the field no matter the condition. Whether working in a team or as an individual, agents are given skills that help them to come up with solutions even in situations where they may not be fully equipped to handle. They have clear roles and expectations that enable them to also work efficiently as a team. They are therefore able to focus on the most important things while saving time and resources.

Fieldwork is tough and comes with a lot of unforeseeable challenges. Training field agents is vital to keep them confident and motivated about their work. Training improves their skills and their approach to work. It allows them to stay focused on the goal of transforming smallholder farmers into successful entrepreneurs and keeps them driven to achieve this goal one community at a time.

Investing in field agents has enabled Farmerline’s operations to make great impact. According to a recent 3rd party impact assessment conducted by Acumen Lean Data, 65% of the farmers reached are receiving quality and affordable inputs for the first time. 89% of them are satisfied with the service and would like to continue working with Farmerline. The field agent network has been able to reach some of the most vulnerable farmers as 54% of the beneficiary farmers live below the poverty line. Over the next three years, Farmerline plans to leverage it’s agent network and technology to connect over 126,000 farmers in Ghana to extension services.

Farmerline’s growing field agent network is made up of a hierarchy of passionate people who move products and services from national centres all the way to individual farmers in farming communities. They connect smallholder farmers to information services; weather forecast, market prices and good agricultural practices. They also deliver quality and affordable farm inputs directly to the farmers. These field agents are at the heart of Farmerline’s operations, deploying last mile digital tools that facilitate subsequent interactions and transactions with farmers.

Learn more about our distribution model and the people who drive its success.

Securing the future of Agriculture in the face of an ageing farmer population

A growing concern in agriculture is the issue of the ageing farmer population. Globally, the average age of farmers is 60 years old, and young people are increasingly gravitating towards non-agricultural careers (World Farmers’ Organization, 2017), making the future of agriculture uncertain. Most young people fail to see agriculture as a profitable and exciting career option and Farmerline is focused on changing such perceptions. The organisation is tapping into the entrepreneurial opportunities that the youthful population of Subsaharan Africa presents to build a generation that will revitalise and boost the growth of agriculture. Below is a case study on Farmerline’s efforts toward achieving by the USAID’s Feed the Future initiative.


LAST MILE HEROES: Evans Boateng, pursuing his passion one farming community at a time

Farmerline operates a distribution model that combines technology and a network of field agents to deliver information and resources that improve the productivity of smallholder farmers in rural areas. Farmerline’s growing field agent network is made up of a hierarchy of people who move these services from national centres all the way to individual farmers in farming communities.

Evans Osei Boateng leads Farmerline’s field team for the Agona Zone of the company’s operation in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Growing up in a farming household, Evans has witnessed firsthand the challenges of operating a farm without the needed resources. Now at Farmerline, he leads a team of field and community agents who cater to farmers within the Sekyere South, Mampong Municipal and Sekyere Central Districts in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. In this interview, we learn about how Evans’ passion for farming is fueling his day-to-day activities as a field agent and how he runs his team to provide Farmerline’s 399 services to over 5,000 smallholder farmers.


What are you responsible for as a Zonal Manager?

I am responsible for managing Farmerline’s Farmer Services in the Sekyere South(Agona), Mampong Municipal and Sekyere Central(Nsuta) in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, West Africa.

My work includes educating farmers about Farmerline’s services as well as good agricultural practices that improve their yields. I ensure that farmers get access to weather information, agronomic tips, market prices and affordable inputs through our 399 platform. We do this by regularly organising farmer workshops & visits in the farming communities within the three districts. I also manage a network of agents and local input dealers who help us to connect to farmers, distribute our services within the zone and maintain our relationship with farmers. I am assisted by Zonal Officers who are also in charge of the community agents.


Why did you decide to work in agriculture and at Farmerline?

I grew up in a family that worked in the sector. I saw how my family benefited from agriculture and this made me develop a love for farming at an early age. But there were challenges such as difficulty in accessing inputs and agriculture-related information since the agric extension officers were not always readily available. For me, Farmerline’s goal to bridge the gap between farmers and resources they require to increase their productivity is very personal, I relate to it very much. Joining Farmerline was an opportunity for me to improve family businesses and lives of many people living in farming communities who depend on farming for their livelihood. I am now able to help farmers with the kind of services that my family couldn’t have access to. 

Describe a typical day as a Zonal Manager.

The day starts very early for a Zonal Manager because we work with farmers who rise up early to visit their farms. On a typical day, my Zonal Officers and I attend pre-scheduled farmer workshops to introduce Farmerline services and products to new communities. Before these workshops, we make sure to connect and build relationships with the leaders and other key members of the community. We spend time educating the farmers on best agriculture practices during these workshops. We interact with the farmers to understand their needs and take their details with which we create digital profiles for them. My team and I also take farm input orders from these farmers who usually live far from input suppliers. We ensure that these orders are delivered to the farmers on time.

We also use the opportunity to get feedback from previously profiled farmers about our services and address any concerns they may have. 


What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

As a Zonal Manager, I feel accomplished when a farmer in a community within which we operate is able to improve their yields and profit through our services.  As a person with an Agricultural background and also having witnessed firsthand the challenges of smallholder farmers, I feel very fulfilled when through my daily activities farmers get information and quality inputs they need to improve their farming activities. You can tell their joy by the smiles on their faces whenever we visit and also through the recommendations they make to other farmers about Farmerline.

What are your hopes for the agriculture sector?

I hope to see the sector grow to be able to adequately produce enough food to feed the country and reduce our need to import food from other countries. I also hope that in the near future we will witness more farmers managing their farming activities as businesses that will churn out lasting profits through the help and support of the various stakeholders such as the Government and private organizations like Famerrline.


Learn more about Farmerline’s 399 services for smallholder farmers and its unique distribution model.

How legwork supports the delivery of technology solutions to the agricultural last mile

A vital part of the agricultural value chain is the last mile. This is the part of the chain where direct relationships and transactions with the farmer take place. The last mile is the sweet spot of the agriculture value chain and improving its operations has direct impacts throughout the value chain; from empowering the farmer to increasing the quality of food on a consumers’ plate.  In recent times, there has been a lot of focus on improving last mile transactions with technology.

In order to fully realise the solutions that tech provides to the last mile, it is important that direct human contacts are built into the operationalisation of the technology. This will ensure that end-users have a better appreciation of the solution. The legwork is even more important for innovations that are deployed in developing regions. The legwork will help farmers to overcome their barriers to resources. Some of the barriers in these regions are remoteness of credit facilities and input services, poor road network, limited internet access and language barrier.

Poor road access, language barrier and limited access to technology are some real challenges that face the distribution of last mile innovations in developing countries

With an understanding of these challenges, Farmerline uniquely combines digital technology and a network of field agents to deliver information and resources that empower the smallholder farmer to increase their productivity and their bargaining power during last mile transactions. Farmerline’s growing field agent network is made up of a hierarchy of people who move products and services from national centres all the way to individual farmers in farming communities.


Some ways in which technology and legwork come together at Farmerline


Farmerline Field Agents connect directly with leaders and influencers in farming communities to appreciate their needs before introducing technology solutions

Most smallholder farmers live in communal settings. In order to access and deliver impactful solutions to farmers, it is critical to give reverence to their community governance systems and understand how they work. Field agents’ first build relationships with community leaders and influential people in farming communities to understand the needs of farmers.



Field agents take information from farmers to build farmer profiles and provide them with tailored services


In order to provide services that deliver on each farmer’s needs, field agents put together a digital profile of the farmer, containing basic information as well as their farming assets and activities. This digital profile helps to identify the farmer, enables the farmer to benefit from Farmerline’s services and most importantly helps to track every transaction between Farmerline and the farmer. This digital identity gradually grows to become an economic identity that captures the farmer’s transactional history and assets, positioning them to benefit from credit and insurance facilities.



Farmers receive all information in their prefered native language via their mobile devices


The information gathered through field agents enables Farmerline to learn about the unique needs of each farmer. This enables us to shape service delivery to the profiled farmers. Farmers receive information that is aligned with the type of crop they grow and the season. Good agricultural practices and market prices are examples of such tailored messages disseminated to the farmers. The legwork has also ensured that weather monitors are installed at key points to detect and deliver weather forecasts for specific communities. All these information are delivered as a voice message in the native language of the farmer.



Farmerline delivers farm inputs directly to farmers to ensure convenience and affordability


Making inputs available to farmers in rural communities means delivering affordable and quality products at the right time throughout the season. Farmerline’s technology allows farmers to place orders for inputs via a USSD platform on their mobile phones. Additionally, Farmerline’s well-distributed field agents assist farmers to place orders for inputs. The order is detected and approved farm inputs are delivered through the agent network to the farmer at a price below the market value. Farmers do not pay for the cost of delivery.


By combining technology with legwork, Farmerline is able to gather on-the-ground data that enables it to understand the unique needs of the farmers.  The services that are offered to farmers are therefore relevant, accessible and affordable. Enabling farmers to increase their income while reducing cost. Farmerline’s model builds innovation from the ground up, backed by insightful data from the real end users. Services can be more impactful in developing countries if the uniques systems and needs of the people are used to build solutions. Personal contacts from field agents further humanise the solutions offered and builds a unique bond between farmers and the company. This enables Farmerline to be in a great position to transform more smallholder Farmers in the developing world into successful entrepreneurs.

Farmerline’s technology distribution model has enabled it to build a strong bond with smallholder farmers.


Also, learn more about Farmerline’s 399 Services for Farmers and Mergdata technology for Businesses.

A Fellow’s Experience at Farmerline -Elisa Criscione

Elisa Criscione joined Farmerline as a fellow from October 2018 to March 2019. She supported the Corporate Services unit to manage client projects. In this article, Elisa shares her work experience during her 6-months stay in Ghana and how her work with Farmerline has shaped her perspective on the food and agriculture industry.  (more…)

The African Development Bank Supports Farmerline to Scale its Impact

Farmerline is one of 17 thriving agribusinesses to benefit from the African Development Bank’s $23 million grant under the Agriculture Fast Track Fund. The investment will be used by 17 projects across the continent for feasibility studies, market analysis, environmental and social impact assessments in Africa’s agriculture sector. The investees are expected to receive between $100,000 and $1.5 million dollars


As a recipient of this grant, Farmerline’s Farmer Services operation has been recognised as one of the most impactful Agric projects on the continent. The fast-growing company will use their part of the grant to research more innovative solutions for smallholder farmers. The company has contributed to increasing farm yields through the provision of quality and affordable inputs to the doorsteps of farmers. Customers are also provided with real-time mobile farming tips, location-specific weather information and market prices in local languages.


“Farmerline is excited to welcome the Africa Development Bank among other partners who support us to create lasting profit for smallholder farmers. This investment will scale the impact of our work with farmers in our operational areas and beyond”, said Co-founder and CEO of Farmerline, Alloysius Attah.
The company combines technology and a network of field agents to bring resources and knowledge to the doorstep of these sometimes ‘hard-to-reach’ farmers. Some of their innovative solutions include creating digital profiles for farmers and enabling farmers to track their economic activities over time. Farmerline’s digital solutions for farmers are aslo focused on ensuring financial inclusion of farmers which has a direct impact on crop yield.

Financial Inclusion for Farmers in Ghana; the Real Picture and Real Solutions


Smallholder farmers in Ghana have complex economic activities. Though a huge chunk of their income is made through crop sales, most farmers engage in other non-agricultural and Agric related activities to earn some supplementary cash.
According to a 2019 GSMA report, a large percentage of these monies are reinvested into their farms through input buying, paying for farm labour and other farming related costs. The rest of the income goes into paying bills, school fees and other livelihoods. A key factor that makes their economic activities even more complex is the seasonality of their income. This is especially the case of farmers who grow seasonal crops like cocoa. Depending on the crop cycle, their financial needs tend to vary throughout the year. For cocoa farmers, the months of August, September and October see the most capital-intensive investments towards farm labour and inputs like fertilisers that will enable the crops to grow well for their main harvest season from October to December. For the other parts of the year, farmers will require varying capitals for fungicides, land preparation, farming tools and household bills.



Most smallholder farmers live in rural areas with limited access to financial services like savings accounts. As a result, 36% of farmers in Ghana save their monies at home. According to GSMA,  only 20% save their money in a bank and 28% save their monies on a mobile money wallet. Others save with village institutions, credit unions and ‘susu’ (small personal savings) collectors.
Aside proximity, their lack of documentation presents a huge barrier to accessing financial services like loan facilities and insurance. Globally, the lack of documentation is one of the key reasons why 1.7 billion adults are unbanked. Similarly, most of the economic activities of smallholder farmers listed above are poorly documented. Some may have hardcopy receipts and other manual records which cannot be processed by formal financial institutions. Documentation for farmers is also a challenge because of their multiple transactions with different stakeholders in the value chain. This means that no single entity has a full transactional history of farmers.
Formal institutions like banks are unable to access this information to understand the economic activities of a farmer who is usually regarded as high risk. As a result, Farmers usually secure loans from other informal sources like friends, purchasing clerks (who are also usually farmers), money lenders who charge high interests. Some also secure loans from rural banks.



Through partnerships with MNOs, input dealers, agribusinesses, crop-certification bodies, and government entities, Farmerline is able to build digital information on smallholder farmers to supplement their existing financial data. We have developed a number of digital solutions that provide farmer identification as well as, flexible and innovative means of documenting all farm-related transactions.


Digital Profiling:
Farmers can secure a digital profile which captures their personal details such as image, name, contact information and age. The profile also includes asset details like farm size and location. This information is saved onto a digitized identification card which is used during all transactional activities like input buying and hiring tools. The card digitally saves all these transactions of the farmer for future records.


All inputs purchase from Farmerline are captured onto the digital ID cards by Farmerline


Digital Records of Assets:
Farmerline’s Mergdata platform allows for auto and manual mapping of farmlands of varying sizes. The GPS-enabled tool digitally captures the location, boundaries and size of the farmer’s primary asset. This stores up asset information which may be vital when assessing the creditworthiness of a farmer who is seeking a loan.

Farmlands are key assets that can be used in assessing a Farmer’s creditworthiness.


Digital Finance:

Farmerline’s Farmer Services digital solutions include digital payments through mobile money platforms. All inputs that are bought can be paid with mobile money. Soft loans and credits from Farmerline are repaid through mobile money. Mobile finance allows farmers to also receive payments, credits and layaway money for farm inputs. All payments and purchases with Farmerline are also captured and stored on the farmer’s digital profile, adding to his/her transactional history.


Farmerline’s digital platform for Farmers enables mobile money payments which are captured and recorded onto Farmer’s digital profiles for record keeping


The combined effect of these solutions is that farmers are given an economic identity backed with well documented economic activities that can enable them to access financial services easier. Farmerline’s technology and enabling partnerships, ensure that all transactional records of farmers are available on a single platform. The digital nature of the information gathered over time can easily be made available to formal institutions who operate digitally, providing them with insights into a farmer’s economic history and behaviour.

Farmerline’s digital solutions for farmers are focused on ensuring financial inclusion of farmers which has a direct impact on crop yield.


*This article is written on the back of key findings from GSMA’s Mobile-enabled Economic Identities for Smallholder Farmers in Ghana, 2019 and other researches on financial inclusion.

Farmerline launches new CocoaLink Service: A free mobile app that puts the power of mobile technology in farmers’ hands

  • Mobile application builds on success of CocoaLink’s voice messaging service
  • New service focuses on empowering next generation of farmers
  • Partnership with The Hershey Company will help youth to build and grow successful farm businesses in the cocoa sector

The combination of an aging farmer population, limited access to extension services and lack of professionalization continues to pose challenges to the sustainable future of cocoa farming in West Africa. There is a general lack of interest in farming among the youth who see no future in cocoa farming as a business due to lack of inspiring role models and coaching; limited access to training, inputs and finance; and a lack of requisite farming knowledge. This results in migration to urban areas in search of limited jobs. At the same time, mobile penetration in Ghana is very high, driving digital transformation and posing significant opportunity for accelerating change in the cocoa sector and agriculture in general. Almost half of Ghana’s population has mobile internet access, the second highest rate in West Africa, and young people across the country, and in rural areas, are increasingly going online to play games and use apps like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. To respond to this challenge and opportunity, Farmerline, in partnership with The Hershey Company (Hershey), has launched a new service for CocoaLink: a simple application that enables smartphone-empowered farmers to acquire actionable knowledge on how to run a profitable agribusiness and succeed as an entrepreneur. CocoaLink allows customized support during a longer period of time and upscaling to reach critical masses. The CocoaLink mobile app features weather information and free courses and quizzes on climate smart agriculture and income diversification. It also features access to finance, discounts on agro-inputs and social media linkages. Content has been integrated through partners such as World Cocoa Foundation’s industry-recognized Climate Smart Cocoa program. While piloting CocoaLink with android users, the Farmerline team received increasing demand for the app from non-android users. This led to the development of an AI powered Farm Assistant built on top of Facebook Messenger to serve non-android users. The users on this platform can now access an abridged version of CocoaLink through the bot. Upon typing “Farm Assistant Bot” in their Messenger application, Facebook users can ask questions as well as access selected articles and quizzes to learn more about profitable farming. “Africa has the youngest population in the world and her youth are poised to create wealth for themselves and their communities. CocoaLink will help this smartphone-empowered generation to make money through agribusinesses and in particular cocoa production,” said Farmerline’s CEO, Alloysius Attah. CocoaLink originally consisted of only a voice messaging service, launched several years ago by Hershey, Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and the World Cocoa Foundation, which enables farmers with basic-feature phones to continue to receive regular agricultural tips in their local language. The new mobile app service has been ideated and funded by Hershey, in partnership with Farmerline. Hershey believes that in order to elevate youth, barriers to information and knowledge need to be lowered and ways of engagement need to be more customized to the target group. This thinking is reflected in Hershey’s recently launched strategy, Cocoa for Good. Recognizing the need to show youth that farming can be entrepreneurial and profitable, Farmerline and Hershey collaborated to develop and pilot the new application with Hershey’s growers in Ghana. “Youth play a critical role in the future of cocoa farming, and we need to give them the tools and training they need to succeed. Farmerline, as our local partner, has brought CocoaLink to the growing number of smartphone users to give in-depth and customized content and support to today’s and the next generation of cocoa farmers,” said Jeff King, Hershey’s Senior Director CSR, Social Innovation & Sustainability.

About Farmerline

Established in 2013, Farmerline is a global and award winning social enterprise that leverages modern technology and data to connect small-scale farmers to vital services and information that increase profit. The fast growing company provides information, resources, and financial services directly to farmers through innovative mobile technology. Farmerline has a proprietary software platform called Mergdata that offers decentralized traceability, certification audit, farm mapping, farmer education, and analytics solutions to help organizations that work with farmers achieve their sustainability and food security goals efficiently. This technology has collected insights from over 200,000 farmers across 11 countries, mapped over 700,000 acres of land, and farmers have spent over 300,000 minutes learning best practices on the platform. In 2018, the company has been named by Fast Company as Africa’s second most innovative company.

About The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company, headquartered in Hershey, Pa., is a global confectionery company known for bringing goodness to the world through its chocolate, sweets, mints and other great-tasting snacks. Hershey has approximately 17,000 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company has more than 80 brands around the world that drive more than $7.5 billion in annual revenues, including such iconic brand names as Hershey’s, Reese’s, Hershey’s Kisses, Jolly Rancher and Ice Breakers. Building on its core business, Hershey is expanding its portfolio to include a broader range of delicious snacks. At Hershey, goodness has always been about more than delicious products. For more than 120 years, Hershey has been committed to operating fairly, ethically and sustainably. Hershey founder, Milton Hershey, created the Milton Hershey School in 1909 and since then the company has focused on giving underserved children the skills and support they need to be successful. Today, the company continues this social purpose through ‘Nourishing Minds,’ a global initiative that provides basic nutrition to help children learn and grow. To learn more Visit the Hershey company website.

Farmerline’s Schandorf Bright Adu selected for OFID Scholarship for One Young World Summit 2017

Farmerline’s Director of Farmer Services, Schandorf Bright Adu, been selected for the OFID Scholarship to attend the upcoming One Young World Summit 2017 in Bogota, Colombia (4-7 October).

Schandorf joins passionate young leaders from 196 countries who will descend on Bogotá for the summit, which brings together the most valuable young talent from global and national companies, NGOs, universities and other forward-thinking organisations.

With recognised leaders of integrity like former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus lending their global stature to the delegate’s views as well as inspiring them to create positive change, Schandorf will play an active role in debating, formulating and sharing innovative solutions for the pressing issues that the world faces.

Having demonstrated leadership and affecting positive change through Farmerline’s farmer workshops and agent training in rural communities, Schandorf pointed out that it is an honour for One Young World to recognize Farmerline’s work with smallholder farmers in Africa.

“Getting an opportunity to network with leading experts in my field is always great. With Farmerline at a critical stage of its growth, where we are seeking to scale up operations to penetrate new markets and to improve the standards of living for farmers across the developing world, this summit will help us learn innovative solutions to global issues.”

Farmerline’s Schandorf Adu Bright delivers insecticide to Dwomoh Kwasi Christopher at his cocoa farm in Kyekyewere, Assin South District, Ghana. Farmerline has started distributing farming implements like insecticide and fertiliser to farmers at subsidised rates alongside providing farming tips through their Mergdata service.

Schandorf also clarified that while Farmerline’s Mergdata technology is already scalable and globally applicable, there are certain legal and cultural nuances in each regional market that Farmerline must understand to create the most effective product.

“Connecting with delegates that are experts in this field will be incredibly helpful in expediting this process. It will allow us to reach more investors and help us identify and form partnerships with other organizations in our field,” he added.

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