ABRAHAM SARFO

ISF Ghana Investment Committee Member

Abraham is a development advisor with over 20 years' experience specializing in value chains, agribusiness, agriculture skills development and training and integrated rural economic development for both state and private institutions. Mr. Sarfo has successfully applied approaches especially using value chain approaches to develop and nurture rural enterprises; developing models that enhance their competitiveness for formal and international markets. He has worked with a number of farmers, Community Based Organizations, Research Institutions and mostly International Development organizations to analyze, design and support the implementation agriculture programs, SMEs and rural economic policies. He is currently the owner of ABSL Consulting, focusing on Agribusiness, value chains, skills development for youth employment in the agriculture sector and small business development.

Between 2012-2018, Abraham has worked as a GIZ seconded expert under the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) Framework at the NEPAD Agency as Agribusiness Advisor supporting the formulation of National Agriculture Investment Program (NAIPs) for Africa member states of the Africa Union (AU) and has contributed not only to agriculture productivity but to improving skills and employability especially for the youth. His specialty was the analysis and design of value chain programs within the various national investment plans, private sector engagement and the overall agribusiness support of the CAADP Program. Prior to joining GIZ, he worked as the Value Chain and Agribusiness Advisor in the CAADP Program with the previously CAADP Pillar 2 under the World Bank Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) to support the CAADP Program. His main task was to support value chain development in the National Agriculture Investment Plans in many African countries.

Abraham technically led the designed the implementation of the CAADP ATVET Project; a project that support agriculture TVET in Africa, focusing on continental policy initiatives with the the Africa Union Commission and the NEPAD Agency. He has supported policy makers, Agriculture TVET institutions, trainers and students in the reforms of ATVET in at least 12 countries in Africa through the harmonization of Agriculture sector in the overall TVET systems, new approaches of curriculum development and delivery along value chains, the capacity of trainers to design and deliver Competency-Based approaches training delivery. He has worked with coordinating with private sector in skills development and currently leading the developing toolkits (guidelines) for ATVET implementation in Africa along specific topics including Framework for Agriculture TVET delivery in Africa, ATVET Institutes Governance and Management, Private Sector Engagement in ATVET etc.

Working as Technical Advisor for NEPAD Agency flagship program 'Rural Futures' an integrated approach to rural development in Africa, Abraham has supported the designed and implementation of the program through the concept of rural development policy; from supporting sectors towards a holistic multi-sectoral and place-based approach in economic development. He also led NEPAD Agency in the conceptualization and implementation of the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund 'Decent Rural Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship in Agriculture and Agribusiness'' a $4 million Project being implemented in four countries in Africa-Malawi, Benin, Niger and Cameroon in collaboration with FAO.

Abraham holds an MBA Finance from the University of Ghana Business School, Legon and a BSc. Agriculture from the Kwame Nkrumah University, Science and Technology. Other trainings and certificate include:

  • United States African Development Kaufmann Business Analysis Tool for Small Business in Africa 2006 (Accra, Ghana)
  • Value-link Value Chain Training of Trainers-2011 (Nairobi, Kenya)-Qualified Value Chain Analysist and Trainer
  • Value Chain Analysis and Upgrading Strategy for Practitioner of Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) in Africa, 2015 Pretoria, South Africa
  • Concepts, Approaches and Methods of Qualification of TVET Personnel/ Professionals in Vocational Education and Training -2016 (Bad Honnef, Germany)