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.
PINASOL will train 100 farming families 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.
- We are targeting up to 100 farming families and women groups in Tetekaaso, Bouya and New Apaso communities. We plan to assist them by increasing their food production and income at least 50%. Moreover, by teaching them how to sell their produce directly, they will have access to over 20,000 consumers; most of which are in the institutional markets. This will, in turn, allow an increase in profits and a reduction of 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.
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
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:
- 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.
- Practice environmental-friendly agriculture – using the farmer field school approach.
- Be informed on nutritious food.
- Supporting farmer families with 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.
- 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 and improved seedlings for the farmers are provided by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The total project costs are set at GHS103,306 (or €15,235). That would allow to target up to 500 families.