Agribusiness in Sustainable Natural African Plant Products (ASNAPP) is an international NGO which was established in 1999 as a USAID co-funded initiative in partnership with several leading universities and the private sector; with the aim to reduce poverty and hunger in rural communities in Africa through sustainable production, harvesting and marketing of African indigenous plant products. ASNAPP’s mandates includes networking institutional capacities; linking African indigenous plant knowledge to scientific research and technology transfer, quality control and quality assurance, product development, enterprise development and markets.
To help create and develop successful African agribusinesses in the natural products sector, providing income, employment and development, through environmentally and socially conscious sustainable production of high quality, healthful natural products for local, regional and overseas markets.
To expand economic opportunities for rural communities by using world class science, technologies, partnerships and business approaches to develop and enhance Africa’s competitive advantage in the Natural Plant Products industry.
COUNTRIES OF OPERATION
ASNAPP is registered as an NGO and not-for-profit organization in Ghana, South Africa and Zambia. It has operations in Senegal, Rwanda and the U.S.A with satellite projects in Malawi, Mozambique and Angola.
ASNAPP adopts a market-driven, science-based commercialization approach that translates market requirements, through research and quality assurance into products and secured orders. ASNAPP provides services and interventions to the industry along the supply
chain from production to market. It collaborates with in-country NGOs, research and academic institutions, private and public sector organizations and farmer-groups in rural communities, adopting a participatory and multi-sectorial approach to natural products development, towards economic upliftment of the rural farmer.
ASNAPP is governed by a Global Board and an Executive Management Team made up of the Executive Director, Country Directors and Managers, Principal Investigators.
In Ghana ASNAPP was registered as a legal entity and an NGO in 2003. It has an 11-member Board of Directors with Prof. Seth Buatsi, as the Chairperson. The Board is made of private sector partners, public sector representatives as well as other key stakeholders. Operations of the organization are guided by the requisite administrative and accounting/financial policies manuals and financial system consistent with USAID, National and International regulations. Accounting and IT support are outsourced.