Africa Atlantic Franchise Farms Ltd (AAFF) is a Ghanaian-registered company, formed in 2009, growing corn (maize) and testing other crops in the Afram Plains region of Ghana on the shoreline of Lake Volta, one of the world’s largest reservoirs. The focus since 2009 has been to identify, test, and mitigate the major risks associated with building and executing scaled farming enterprise in Ghana and also to build key strategic alliances that will help empower Ghanaian farm families and protect the environment. During this time Africa Atlantic has:
- Secured a 50-year land lease title for agricultural development on 10,497 hectares (25,927 acres)
- Conducted three demonstration crop cycles, one without irrigation and two with irrigation; crops produced and sold commercially in Ghana
- Engaged in all aspects of developing and operating a commercial-scale farm in Ghana, West Africa including company registration, farm management, legal, human resources and financial accounting systems, tax requirements, equipment importation and compliance, working with local vendors
- Successfully deployed a working farm that includes equipment and supply transportation, land acquisition and cultivation, irrigation installation, farmhouse and facility installation, and bringing a full crop to harvest and to market, selling to international buyers
- Established the initial vision for The African Agribusiness Knowledge Centers, a series of training centers intended to educate and deploy farmers as entrepreneurs, as well as innovate sustainable economic, environmental and social impact designs. The Knowledge Centers are currently being developed with the support of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) along with the Science, Technology and Globalization Project at the Harvard Kennedy School.