Daniel Acquaye is an Agribusiness Development and Value Chain Expert. He has served as consultant to the several local and international institutions including the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), USAID, ECOWAS, Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and has also served as Principal Investigator for a number of projects including Partnership for Food Industry Development (PFID) and Horticultural CRSP.
Mr. Acquaye has over 14 years working experience in the development and nurturing of rural enterprises; developing models that enhance the competitiveness of rural enterprises to enter formal markets and increase productivity. He has worked with a number of farmers, CBOs, Research Institutions and Exporters in the industry. Mr. Acquaye has also conducted agribusiness studies including reviewing financing mechanisms successful agribusiness financing models, identifying investment opportunities and accessing private sector competitiveness in Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea, Ghana, Gambia, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Cameroon, Swaziland and Senegal.
Dan has conducted several value chain studies in cereals, horticulture and agro‐forestry products in a number of African countries. Dan has conducted studies on the roles and opportunities for the private sector in Africa’s agro‐food industry where perspectives on the subject were drawn from Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Directors of over 55 global, multinational, regional and national agro‐business firms comprising: Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Farmer‐based and Development Organizations, Financial Institutions, Agro‐input Suppliers, Agro‐processers, Supermarkets and Agribusiness Platforms in Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Burkina, Zambia and Nigeria. He was the lead consultant for the development of the Regional Agricultural Investment Plan (RAIP) for ECOWAS (visited Burkina, Mali and Senegal) and as has been engaged as an expert to review National Agricultural and Food Security Investment Plans (NA&FSIP) of a number of countries including Liberia, Gambia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Ghana. Additionally, he serves as CAADP Pillar II consultant providing support to African countries to outlay frameworks and tools on market access, trade infrastructure, value chain development and capacity building. He provides strategic contributions to development of agricultural and agribusiness programmes including the Agri‐foods Strategic development plan for COMESA countries.
In addition, Mr. Acquaye consults for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to assist in agricultural project design and implementation in Burkina Faso. Under USAID funded programmes, Mr. Acquaye has conducted market assessments on high value
horticultural and natural plant products in countries such as Guinea, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Cameroon, Swaziland, Liberia, Ghana, and Senegal, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and has helped in the establishment of several projects in some of the countries. He has also developed several investment briefs and horticultural investment plans for private companies in Ghana and Liberia.
Mr. Acquaye holds Master of Business Administration (Project Management) and Bachelor of Science, Agriculture (Agronomy).