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King David Amoah

Co-ordinator, ECASARD

Ghana

What most impressed the professional colleagues who nominated this role model?

King-David Amoah has over 20 years of experience working with the rural poor, especially smallholder farmers. He coordinates an NGO called ECASARD that promotes sustainable agriculture.  ESCARD has assisted many farmers in the southern regions to improve their agricultural practices. He has mobilised farmers and assisted them to form Farmer-based organisations (FBOs).  To ensure reliable markets for small farmers, he has launched the ECASARD Model that successfully links the FBOs to produce for the Ghana School Feeding Caterers. The model sees the Ghana Schools Feeding Program (GSFP) as a structured market which the farmers can take advantage of. 

After successfully piloting this model in three districts, ECASARD has been given a grant by AGRA to implement the same project in nine districts.  King-David has played a pioneering role in raising the awareness of the smallholder farmers as well as making farmers to see that there is dignity in their farming.

What motivated you to pursue a career in agriculture?

  • I come from a farming background.  I grew up on a farm with my grandparents who were farmers.
  • I love to help small scale farmers.  I am always concerned about why farmers used rudimentary technology. 
  • I admired commercial agriculture and always thought about how small-scale farmers could one day be commercial farmers. 

How can agricultural education institutions more effectively prepare African students for successful agribusiness careers? 

  • Research should benefit the people, so it should be should be relevant.
  • Research should be done in collaboration with farmers and everything that works should be documented and replicated for the benefit of other farmers. 
  • Universities and colleges should bring science into what farmers do.  Farmers have a lot of innovations but the science behind what they do is not known. 
  • Promote on-farm training.  Students should spend more time with the farmers to understand their problems.  For example, agriculture students learn about tractor ploughing but are not exposed to practical tractor ploughing.  This kind of training is not beneficial.

 Career highlights

  •  National President of Ghana Federation of Agricultural Producers (GFAP) and Farmers Organization Network of Ghana (FONG).
  • Regional Coordinator and subsequently President, Ecumenical Association for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (ESCASAD)  Greater Accra region.
  • National Coordinator, Habitat for Humanity.

Educational background

    • Completed Secondary School.