Emmanuel Odartey Lamptey — Deputy Managing Director, Operations, GCB Bank PLC
Emmanuel Odartey Lamptey — Deputy Managing Director, Operations, GCB Bank PLC

GCB Bank to transform cashew sector

The Deputy Managing Director (DMD) of Operations at GCB Bank PLC, Emmanuel Odartey Lamptey, has outlined the bank’s strategic vision aimed at transforming Ghana’s cashew sector through innovative financial solutions and technology.


He said the initiative underscored the bank’s commitment to fortify one of the nation’s pivotal agricultural industries, emphasising a multi-stakeholder engagement approach designed to reduce financing risks and attract substantial banking investment into the sector.

Speaking on behalf of the Managing Director of GCB Bank, Kofi Adomakoh, at the just-ended 3i Africa Summit, Mr Lamptey articulated the bank’s strategic focus on the cashew sector.

He indicated that GCB Bank’s ambition was to generate robust multi-stakeholder engagements, fostering a technology-driven framework to mitigate financing risks across the cashew value chain.

“This initiative is expected to not only attract more bank financing but also to catalyse sustainable growth within the sector,” he stated at a roundtable discussion on de-risking important sectors of Ghana's economy for growth.

The infusion of technology, Mr Lamptey stated, presented a transformative opportunity for the cashew industry. “From precision agriculture powered by data analytics to smart irrigation systems, blockchain-enabled supply chain management, and market intelligence platforms, technology offers a suite of solutions that can revolutionise operations in the sector”.

“These advancements are poised to enhance productivity, unlock efficiencies and significantly mitigate risks from farm to market,” he pointed out.


The cashew industry is integral to Ghana’s agricultural landscape, presenting significant opportunities for economic growth and prosperity for countless farmers and entrepreneurs.

Despite its potential, the sector faces formidable challenges that necessitate innovative solutions and strategic investments. Mr Lamptey said GCB Bank, a leading financial institution in the country, was aware of its role in supporting the sector's growth and resilience, dedicating resources and expertise to foster its success.

“We have set our sights on the cashew sector - a sector ripe with potential and brimming with promise,” the DMD Operations said. “Similarly, we are hoping to generate multi-stakeholder engagements at the right levels with the ultimate aim of developing a technology-based framework that would reduce financing risks across the cashew value chain to attract more bank financing to the sector,” Mr Lamptey stated.

This commitment is part of a holistic approach to partnership and collaboration, understanding the unique needs and challenges facing the cashew sector. The bank’s strategy includes building capacity and fostering an enabling ecosystem that nurtures entrepreneurship and innovation.

“At GCB Bank, we stand ready to partner with visionary entrepreneurs and forward-thinking enterprises in the cashew sector, providing access to tailored financial solutions that leverage the power of technology to drive sustainable growth and commercial success,” Mr Lamptey stated.

He, therefore, called on all stakeholders — farmers, processors, exporters, government agencies and development partners — to collaborate in harnessing the transformative potential of technology within the sector. 

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