As you are already aware, our societies are going through some incredible changes. If there’s one thing the coronavirus has taught us, it is that our work in helping to ensure food security in Africa and beyond is very essential.
Our team is currently working from home as we do our best to keep ourselves and the people around us safe. We hope you are keeping safe too and doing all you can to stay healthy.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy. This too shall pass! Meanwhile here are the highlights of what our team has been up to since January 2020.
A Cause for Celebration – Sesi Technologies is 2 Years Old!
We’re happy to share that Sesi Technologies is 2 Years Old! We officially marked our 2nd anniversary on Saturday 28th March 2020. It’s been an incredible journey of ups and downs and we are grateful for how far we have come. We owe a lot to our team, our customers, our advisors, our mentors, our partners and everybody who has been with us through this journey.
We commemorated the day by making donations to 100 head porters and other less privileged people in Kumasi as Ghana’s COVID-19 lock-down approached. Head porters rely on being able to go to the market every day and carry heavy loads in order to make ends meet each day and the lock down was going to take away their ability to do so.
Each beneficiary received personal items such as soap, hand sanitizers and sanitary pads as well as cash to help lessen the effect of the lock-down. We also received donations from friends and the general public as well for this cause.
GrainMate to the People! – Reaching More Farmers With the Gospel of GrainMate
As we continue our mission to empower farmers with affordable technologies to help them reduce losses and increase productivity, we embarked on several trips to introduce our GrainMate Moisture Meter to more smallholder and poultry farmer groups.
The first was a number of trips to 16 Farmer Based Organisations (FBOs) in the Ashanti and Bono Regions of Ghana in partnership with the World Food Programme Ghana country office. We introduced the GrainMate Grain Moisture Meter and the ZeroFly Hermetic Storage bags to smallholder farmers, teaching them the importance of proper grain drying and storage and encouraging them to adopt these post-harvest loss mitigation technologies to ensure better quality grain for sale and feeding.
These visits form a part of our GrainMate Pilot project as part of our participation in the World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator Sprint Programme. In the coming months, we will visit 21 more FBOs across Northern Ghana.
The second trip was a visit to poultry farmers in Dormaa in Partnership with the Post Harvest Loss Innovation Lab where we taught poultry farmers how they could use the GrainMate Moisture Meter to ensure they had good quality grains for feed preparation and how to use the ZeroFly hermetic storage bags to keep their grains safe from spoilage for a long time.
Overall, we reached more than 200 farmers from all our trips.
Partnering for Good – Sesi Technologies + NBSSI
We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the National Board For Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) to be an official provider of post-harvest loss training to farmers under the NBSSI.
The NBSSI is a government agency with a mandate to foster the growth of small and medium scale businesses in Ghana. In 2019, they provided support to over 55,000 small and medium scale enterprises in Ghana, including several hundreds of farmer cooperatives and FBOs.
By partnering with the NBSSI, we will be able to provide solutions to thousands of farmers within the NBSSI network. Farmer groups will also be able to access GrainMate Moisture Meter and other services we provide at reduced prices.
We have already begun providing post-harvest loss training to poultry farmers within the network, sharing with them how they can leverage technology to reduce their losses and increase their profits.
The NBSSI is committed to facilitating other partnerships between Sesi Technologies and other government agencies involved in the food value chain. We are excited to work with a progressive government institution like the NBSSI and look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership.
Sesi Technologies To The World! – Hello London and Dortmund
The team has been on the move again, exploring growth, funding and partnership opportunities. Last year, it was East Africa, Asia and North America. This year it is Europe!
In January and February, two of our team members; our CEO, Isaac Sesi and our Head of Operations, Eunice Akowuah, represented the company in different events in the UK and Germany respectively.
GrainMate is one of the shortlisted innovations for the 2020 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation (APEI), run by the Royal Academy of Engineering. As part of the 9-month mentoring program, our team, represented by Isaac, attended a number of training sessions in London, UK which culminated in a pitch event at the Royal Academy of Engineering premises. A final pitch event is set to be held later in Accra this year with the winning innovation receiving a grand prize of £25,000.
We also participated in the UK – Africa Investment Summit where we showcased GrainMate to several high profile attendees.
In February, Sesi Technologies was selected to participate in a technical visit to Dortmund, Germany in February under the project “Support of the Startup ecosystem in Kumasi as contribution to employment promotion in Ghana”.
We were represented by Eunice, who pitched GrainMate to a panel and an audience of industry professionals as well as investors and connected with potential partners in a number of networking sessions.
More Fellows In The Ship – New Additions to Our Team
We have the pleasure of bringing on board two passionate young people to join our team and share in the joy of building solutions for farmers and agribusinesses even as our operations become more involving.
Meet Eugene Setsoafia (left), our new Head of Marketing and Business Development. Eugene is a graduate from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He leads our marketing, sales, business development and customer relationship management.
Also meet Mohammed Seidu (right), our new Accounts and Administration Officer and another graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He is in charge of bookkeeping and accounting and he provides general administrative support for efficient day to day running of the company
So to conclude…
It’s been quite a busy 1st quarter for us. While we are excited by what we have achieved so far, we are reminded about the importance of what we are doing, the responsibility on us and the work that lies ahead.
We will continue to be driven by our mission to lead the way to no poverty and zero hunger in the world by empowering farmers and agribusinesses with affordable technologies.
Once again, stay safe and stay healthy.
From all of us at Sesi Technologies.