The Campus, located in Dormaa East, Bono Region, is a pilot initiative of Eni's Africa Program which aims to support economic diversification in the agricultural sector through the transfer of skills and support for entrepreneurship, in particular through self-sustainable agricultural cooperatives. The Okuafo Pa Campus covers about 40 hectares and includes classrooms, greenhouses, poultry house, experimental laboratories and cultivable areas of land. It will provide theoretical and practical training to 800 students per year in agri-business. The training course, developed in collaboration with local universities, is a practical answer to the knowledge needs of local farmers that is one of the main reasons of under-development. In addition to training activities, the project will support the trainees in the post-training phase and facilitate access to labor market and microcredit facilities. The objective is to have a self-sustainable Campus model able to become a regional hub to stimulate new start-ups, aggregate existing businesses and develop cooperative models along the supply-chain of the most important agricultural products. This latter aspect further highlights the opportunity to strengthen the internal self-resilience in food security and be less depend on imports.
The Campus was officially opened in November 2019 at the presence of Ghana’s and Italy’s highest-ranking officials, as wells as Eni’s top management. During the opening ceremony, we signed a Cooperation Agreement with Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, in their role as a financial institution for international development cooperation, for the definition of sustainable development initiatives in the business and agro-industrial sector. The document also provides for collaboration in defining those mechanisms to access credit for local entrepreneurs and the use of international funds to start the replication of the project.