The Complete Farmer team celebrates the life of Charles Ofosuhene

The Afram Plains: A view from Complete Farmer farms. (Credits: Charles Ofosuhene)

The passion and motivation behind the development and formation of Complete Farmer LLC, has been to develop sustainable ways to ensure food security on the continent of Africa. It is estimated that by the year 2020, the earth’s population would reach a staggering eight billion. In the future, we cannot feed the world’s population with traditional farming methods, so it is vital that we explore different methods to address these challenges for the survival of the human species in this ever-changing, resource-demanding world.

It is with this sense of responsibility that we have set out to develop innovative solutions using technology that will reduce the barriers to successful farming in Ghana and Africa, in order to improve yields and maximize returns on investments in farming. This will give as a calculated approach to farming, which mitigates the risks involved in setting up farms in Ghana.

Adapting modern technologies, like drones and Internet of Things (IoT), and leveraging on data and machine learning as well as farm mechanization has enabled us to be precise and efficient in output. We want to make the farm an efficient, well-oiled factory and change the way farming is currently being practiced. Complete Farmer also provides the opportunity for the public to be part of this farming revolution by investing in sustainable, climate-smart, efficient farms. These investments would ensure that responsible food production would be done widely. This is what Complete Farmer has been striving toward since coming together last year, tirelessly making strides in the Ghanaian ecosystem to ensure food security.

From the days of our participation in the Kosmos Energy Innovation Center’s Agritech Challenge in 2017, we set out to prove a model we had brainstormed about. This model, which we call crowd farming, was to be done with a small user base in our first year to learn and perfect the model for scaling our business. We did so successfully, farming 120 acres of three crops, starting on June 2018. Complete Farmer has worked hard and has won a number of awards in the process, making strides to claim its place as one of the most promising startups in Ghana right now.

Our friend, co-founder and brother, Charles Ofosuhene, affectionately known by us and many in our community as Farmer Charles, has been very instrumental in getting us the where we are at this point. We needed to figure out this operationally heavy task, and Charles Ofosuhene was the man who stepped up to the plate. He made sure that this complex operational work was simplified and made modular for scaling. And from securing trusted partners, to getting farm work implemented on site, he was one we could rely on.

This model, which we call crowd farming, was to be done with a small user base in our first year to learn and perfect the model for scaling our business. We did so successfully, farming 120 acres of three crops, starting on June 2018.

His dedication and drive was always motivating, and his can-do spirit kept the team moving forward in tough times. He became very good at this as he could even predict weather conditions. There were times we thought of pivoting this business model for an easier alternative, but Charles would always remind us that “farming is big business”. We spent lots of time working together, and many times we even slept in the office together. Charles would join us even when he did not have to.

Farmer Charles executing operations in the field

Our friend, co-founder and brother, Charles Ofosuhene, affectionately known by us and many in our community as Farmer Charles, has been very instrumental in getting us the where we are at this point.

With all the all-nighters, our favorite days were in the bush of the Afram Plains. In the middle of nowhere we found a home in a village that Charles had set up as a station for the company to operate. We have had many adventures in the bush, and the three of us have stood still. We were always united when it came to making big decisions, and as the CEO, my co-founders made it easy for me to lead. Even days when I didn’t know what I was doing. Like brothers, we corrected each other’s faults and advised each other on life issues. We formed a family bonded by vision, passion and history -everything a startup is about.

We all knew the challenge of building a business, and especially so in the Ghanaian market. We all knew the road that was before us and we kept forging ahead like brave men, naive of negative outcomes. We have had to work more than a regular job, face doubt and uncertainty, withstand pressure from KPIs and clients, struggle with strategy and execution. But this adventure was something the Complete Farmer team relished because we had that companionship, and it never felt lonely.

The founding team of Complete Farmer

MEST Accra and Kosmos Energy have been very supportive of our business and us as entrepreneurs. With weekly check-ins by our portfolio managers, bi-weekly updates and monthly reports, MEST Accra and Kosmos Energy made sure we were in good shape to make progress with our business. Working from a supportive environment and engaging community, we drew inspiration from other entrepreneurs who are facing similar battles.

The loss of our brother Charles Ofosuhene is a very sharp and painful blow to us. We are in shock and overwhelmed with grief. The loss of a very good friend and a critical member of our team has shaken us to the core. Our condolences to his family and we stand with them in this hard times.

Complete Farmer is still dedicated in realizing the vision set. The loss of Charles makes us feel more responsible to ensure the success of a legacy, that we believe, is beyond our present selves. Our vision, which we inherently shared with Charles, is to make it possible for anyone with a web or mobile device to own an efficient farm anywhere in the world. We understand that with his absence this is going to be a lot of hard work, which the team is prepared and ready to execute. We believe in offering the value we promised our users, and in the next three years, Complete Farmer is going to revolutionize on demand farming by making it a lifestyle than a profession.

Next year we plan to add five new crops to our crop menu and increase the number of acres of our farms ten folds and replicate our model in other African countries. We still uphold the core values of our company, and we are determined to make Complete Farmer successful to honor Farmer Charles.

The vacuum left is great and the pain is intense. The Complete Farmer team would need your help in supporting Charles Ofosuhene’s family through this difficult times. We have started a campaign to this regards, and we would like to ask all well-wishers and loved ones to make their donations on Payputt. You can also extend your condolences to the family and team by sending an email to info@completefarmer.com. We ask that the family and the team be granted the privacy to mourn the loss of their fallen hero.

Ref: https://www.payputt.com/support-charles-ofosuhenes-family

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Desmond Koney

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