Greening Commodities Enterprise has received an equity free fund investment from Ecosia GmbH, a search engine that applies profits to tree planting initiatives around the world.

The investment will enable the social enterprise upscale its agroecology initiative to reach over a thousand more farmers in Gushiegu, Karaga and Nanton districts.

Greening Commodities Enterprise is a startup that aggregates and markets agricultural commodities with a zero-deforestation/carbon footprint by promoting the adoption of agroecology among farmers. It also seeks to advance climate action and sustainable development.

Announcing the deal on its Facebook page, Greening Commodities Enterprise said, the partnership will help plant over one million trees with its network of farmers by 2023.

“This is expected to give a major boost to the government's flagship Planting for Export and Rural Development programme and the Greening Ghana initiative in these selected districts”, the statement added.

A Social Entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer of the Greening Commodities Enterprise, Abdullah Hamza told ghenvironment.org that, the project has already started in earnest with three nurseries in the three selected districts.

He said, each nursery is producing up to 80,000 seedlings at full capacity. “The Distribution of seedlings to farmers commenced in the first week of August and the selected tree species include shea, locust bean (Dawadawa) and cashew”, he added.

Hamza (left) and a member of his team
The Greening Commodity Model

The Northern part of Ghana is one of the hardest hits when it comes to climate change and this is mainly due to bush fires and illegal logging among others.

The Social Entrepreneur, Abdullah Hamza, therefore invented a model called ‘greening commodities’, to fight against climate change.

With his greening commodities business model, Hamza and his team are nursing economic and indigenous tree seedlings such as cashew, shea, and African locust bean, popularly known as “dawadawa” tree, which they supply free of charge to farmers to plant in their farms.

Following a set of criteria, selected farmers are trained and certified as green farmers and the team then provide support to these farmers on best agricultural practices and purchase their farm produce at a premium price. They are therefore supplied to companies, businesses, processors, and industries that are keen on shifting from sourcing raw materials from deforested to sustainable areas.

Its activities also encouraged climate-smart agriculture practices like planting of trees on farms and as farm boundaries, compost and organic pesticides preparation, as well as livelihood diversification initiatives such as beekeeping, poultry farming, small ruminant rearing, orchard cultivation (mango and pawpaw) and tree nursery enterprises for other streams of income.