Chief Operating Officer
For over 11 years, Vivian has been actively involved in community development in the agricultural sector – primarily in Northern Ghana. Throughout the course of her career, Vivian has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to contributing to the advancement of sustainable agricultural production technologies for enhancing food security and reducing rural and household poverty. She has trained farmers on improved crop production technologies and facilitated access to produce markets. In addition, her past experience includes the promotion of agricultural and income generation diversification as a means of providing alternative sources of livelihood.
Right after her university studies, Vivian had an early opportunity to work as a Field Facilitator for the World Food Programme in Wa (Upper West Region) and as an Attaché for Women in Agriculture Development (WIAD) in the same year. The highlight of her experience was training women groups in soybean processing and cereal/legume processing as a means of improving childhood nutrition, household nutrition and increasing household incomes.
Other select work experience includes:
– Crops Specialist, Association of Church-based Development Projects (ACDEP/CHF), RESULT Project, Tamale, Northern Region. Led and coordinated the crops strategy and related activities of the project towards improving food security in households; assessed the suitability, sustainability and marketability of proposed crop production in the target areas; reviewed existing production and market activity data in order to identify high income earning market opportunities; supported the M&E team in the collection of baseline data and monitoring of indicators; identified capacities and needs of targeted communities to design and facilitate capacity building training.
– Production / Business Specialist, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) Project, Tamale, Northern Region. Collaborated with partners from the private and public sector for improved agricultural extension, value chain strengthening business development and farmers’ access to timely production inputs; Worked diligently with partners to improve quality of agricultural produce in order to meet Global GAP standards; assisted FBOs in the preparation of viable business plans and facilitating FBO interaction with financial institutions; supervised disbursement of approved credit facilities to FBOs; assisted financial institutions in credit recoveries; cooperated with partners to develop and implement mechanisms to reduce post-harvest losses; monitored and evaluated the impact of credit facilities and documented success stories.
– District Agricultural Officer, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Wa, Upper West Region. Supervised the appropriate and consistent delivery of extension services to farmers within the catchment area; conducted groups’ needs assessment and improved farmers’ capacities through training in record keeping and farm management; collaborated with research institutions to bring to the doorsteps of farmers appropriate research findings with regards to crop production; facilitated farmers access to production inputs and to production credit from financial institutions/FNGOs; organized on-farm demonstrations and field days as a form of training for farmers.
As COO of GHATBI, Vivian’s chief responsibility is leading the company’s efforts in sourcing women-led, women-owned businesses to invest in and talent to develop, along with cultivating the portfolio opportunity pipeline. In addition, she ensures portfolio companies are achieving weekly, monthly and yearly metrics, executes on the strategic plan crafted by the board and management and aims to secure both domestic and international partnerships with like-minded institutions, non-profits, foundations and agricultural centers of excellence.
Vivian earned an MSc degree in Agriculture, Horticulture from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Prior to her master’s studies in Israel, she studied Agricultural Technology and Agronomy at the University for Development Studies in Tamale, Ghana.
She also holds a certificate in Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management – Kampala, Uganda.
Vivian is fluent in four languages: English, Dagaare, Waale and Twi. She is happily married with an energetic and adoring son.