Climate-smart Agriculture

One hundred farmer families and women groups will increase the production of their staple crop in a climate-friendly way, have access to markets with 20,000 consumers, and contribute to free school meal programmes.

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PINASOL will train 100 farmers in groups of small-scale farmers and women groups to grow staple crops in a climate friendly way. Some of these crops are maize, plantain, yams, cassava, cocoyam, cocoa, rice and other local nutritious and indigenous vegetables. We will also train them how to process foods in ways that add value and provide them access to the market. For example, processing cassava and plantain to make fufu floor, drying bananas and plantains to produce chips, or making fortified gari are a few ways farmers came add value to their products and increase their profits.

About 70% of our target beneficiaries are single female heads of household who must rely on subsistence farming to feed their families. This project will significantly increase their income which will allow them to provide other essentials for their children.

The 991 farmers currently engaged in PINASOL’s VSLA Program (Village Savings and Loan Association) indicate that climate change, inadequate farm inputs and post-harvest storage are major challenges for them. Therefore, this project aims to provide quality inputs, such as, seeds, seedlings, equipment, climate-smart agriculture and online marketing.

 

Lives improved

  • 100 small-scale farmers in Tetekaaso, Bouya and New Apaso communities and members of women groups are trained and can increase their food production. Moreover, they now have access to over 20,000 consumers.
  • In turn, the increase of income by at least 50% will benefit 300 to 500 family members and reduce poverty levels among these families.
  • This project will produce a better climate and increased climate reliance of the farming families because farmers will learn how to manage their water better, utilize their waste, and plant and protect trees.

 

Community impact 

Longer term impact is threefold:

  • Better health and well-being for the farming families, as well as, the 20,000+ staff and  students at Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science And Technology (KNUST), and Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture (KITA) by gaining access to nutritious, organic foods through on campus Green Market Fairs and the Farming Families Online Market Store.
  • Food security for school children through school feeding progams at primary and secondary schools. Public schools will be able to purchase fresh produce directly from farmer families.
  • Farmer family groups will directly market their produce to the National Buffer Stock Company

Budget

The budget for the following activities is GHS 20,661 (or €3,047):

  • Using their competency-based curriculum, the partnering Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture (KITA) will train farmer families to: 1) Grow staple foods and produce banana seedlings in large quantities; and adding value to these crops for example by processing cassava and plantain into (fufu) flour, plantain chips, fortified gari – using best practices; 2)Practice environmental-friendly agriculture – using the farmer field school approach; and 3) Be informed on nutritious food.
  • Linking farmer families to Green Market Fairs and the Farming Families Fairs Online Market Store, and to the National Buffer Stock Company for bulk purchase – using the farmer business school model.

PINASOL contributes another €5,077 to the project that will be used for a revolving loan of €100 equivalent towards equipment and farm inputs – payable over 6 months. The funds will be recollected and input back in the project to support other families. In addition he Ministry of Food and Agriculture provide improved seedlings for the farmers. The total project costs are set at GHS103,306 (or €15,235). That would allow to target up to 500 families.

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Project Details

  • Project:
    Climate-smart Agriculture
  • Campaign:
    Finished
  • NGO:
    Pinasol
  • Location:
    Ghana
  • Start date:
    October 1, 2021
  • End date:
    October 1, 2022
  • Total amount raised:
    € 3047

About Pinasol

Since 2011, the PINASOL Foundation works on humanitarian relief, development and advocacy dedicated to children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice, in the Sekyere East District, in the Ashanti Region in Ghana. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. In the past seven years, we have gained a unique experience of helping youth acquire employable skills and also helping women to accumulate wealth and practice better savings and banking culture.

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