Brong-Ahafo holds workshop on community planning

Techiman (B/A), June 16, GNA – A two-day workshop on advocacy, monitoring and evaluation for implementation of community action plans initiated by Abono Organic Farming Projects (ABOFAP) under the auspices of Care International-Ghana, has ended.

The workshop organized by ABOFAP and sponsored by Care International-Ghana, brought together 50 participants made up of unit committees, assembly members, town and area councillors, chiefs and queen mothers as well as farmer-led extension agents.

Nana Kwaw Adams, Executive Director of ABOFAP, said seven out of the 10 communities earmarked for the development of their own action plans had been completed and would be incorporated into the assemblies medium term development plans.

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Food Security workshop opens in Techiman

Techiman (B/A), March 28, Ghanadot/GNA – A two-day workshop aimed at ensuring food security by enhancing the capacity of a network of producers in the Techiman area opened on Thursday in Techiman.

The workshop, organized by the Techiman Municipal Food Security Network and Abrono Organic Farming Project (ABOFAP) with support from Care International, was being attended by over 25 participants, including representatives of the Municipal Assembly and Community Based Organisations.

Opening it, Nana Kwao Adams, Twafohene of Oforikrom and Executive Director of ABOFAP, said the workshop was to provide a platform to build a relationship among farming groups to ensure food security in the country’s bread basket.

Nana Adams said it was necessary to ensure food sustainability without compromising on the environmental realities.

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Communities pilot chemical free agriculture

The population in Techiman municipality relies on agriculture and approximately half of the households are involved in some form of agricultural activity. Pests and disease are a severe problem for agriculture in Ghana, and it is estimated that 45 percent of annual crops get destroyed because of this (National Development Planning Commission, 2010). Consequently, pesticides and herbicides are heavily used to control and eradicate crop pests. Organochlorine pesticides, such as DDT, lindane, and endosulfan are used due to their low cost, high efficacy, and suitability for a broad range of different crops despite harmful effects. Intense agriculture and extensive chemicals use have led to soil depletion in Techiman and the declining soil nutrient levels provide less than ideal conditions for good crop yields.

In Techiman municipal district, only about 10 percent of solid waste is properly disposed of and about half of the generated waste is dumped in open spaces, posing grave risks to human health and the environment. An average of 0.40- 0.45kg of waste is generated per capita in Ghana annually, which adds up to about three million tonnes of waste across the country (Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana, 2012). Faced with these challenges, local NGO Abrono Organic Farming Project (ABOFAP) took the initiative to develop and promote waste processing systems that required minimal mechanical equipment. Their goal was to effectively manage community waste and to utilise organic manure as fertiliser to reduce the presence of POPs in the environment while securing higher crop yields for a growing population. 

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Managing community waste to improve food security

Soil Fertility Decline

“We were constantly using chemical fertilizers for farming. Not only was this expensive, but it also affected the soil fertility to the extent that when we do not apply fertilizer to our crops in a particular farming season, we get very low yields”, words from Kwabena Owusu, a subsistence farmer with a farm size of 5.5 hectares in Forikrom in the Bono East Region of Ghana.

As narrated by Kwabena, soil fertility decline is a major challenge to crop productivity in many developing countries. In Ghana, the agriculture sector employs about 57% of the population and it is the major source of income for many rural households. Despite the sector’s significant contribution to livelihoods improvement, smallholder farmers like Kwabena often face major constraints including erratic rainfall and poor soils, resulting in low crop yields. Factors such as bush fires, over cultivation and erosions, mostly deplete nutrients from the soil, impacting negatively on farming productivity.

In the past, farmers used to replenish the soil with nutrients by practicing shifting cultivation, where they move to another plot to allow the land to revert to its natural vegetation; or by planting different types of crops. However, due to increase in populations, there is pressure on land use, making it difficult for farmers to sustain this practice. Farmers who have the means resort to the application of chemical fertilizers, whiles others who cannot afford wallow in abject poverty.

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Let Produce What We Consume And Consume What We Produce—NGO Desires

A Non-governmental Organization, Abono Organic Farming Project (ABOFAP) with the head office situated at Forikrom in the Techiman North district in the newly created Bono East region has indicated that they are solution to healthy livelihood, revealing that producing what one consume and consuming what one produce is the only way one can live a long and healthy life.

In an interview with the Executive director of the association, Nana Kwao Adams indicated that their group that has been fighting against Genetically modified Organisms would not rest on their horse until they achieve what is called”let’s produce what we consume and consume what we produce” Nana Kwao Adams.

Nana Kwao Adams indicated in a meeting with stakeholders and the press at group’s head office in Forikrom in the Techiman North district in Bono East regional capital, Techiman.

The association which encompasses of most women from across about ten countries in West Africa made up of countries like Ghana, Guinea, Senegal , Mali Bulkina Faso and among others claim they are the solution to food sovereignty in West Africa.

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Minimization of POP chemicals in crop cultivation and management of solid waste to increase farm yields and farmers disposable incomes of farmers

The main activities undertaken by [ABOFAP] included the main activities undertaken by the project includeda. Setting up composting facility at Forikrom for processing waste into compost for agricultural field and vegetable production. ABOFAP was responsible for liaising with the municipality and traditional authorities for obtaining the required plot and the documentation. At the processing site the project consisted of the following activities in broad outline: Primary collection from homes; Segregation of waste at source; Composting of biodegradable waste; Recycling of non-biodegradable wasteb. Project Introduction and IEC (Awareness and Information Campaigns for waste management and chemical replacement with compost). Activities included promotion of the RRR-slogan – Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle – advertisement on publicity boards, on local radio channels, and in local newspapers, as well as workshops, exhibitions, lectures, street plays, etc. In addition, eco-clubs at schools and youth groups together with volunteers were formed in some of the public schools in the area.c. Establishment of A community waste management and compost production enterprise and environ-entrepreneurs trained in the production and monitoring of compost facilities (Waste management). The project identified, recruited, and trained 30 Youth as environ-entrepreneurs, made up of 12 males and 18 females the project equipped them with the knowledge and knowhow to manage the solid waste and compost them into bio-fertilizer.

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Chemical Free Community: Organic Farming in Ghana

The population in Techiman municipality relies on agriculture and approximately half of the households are involved in some form of agricultural activity. Pests and disease are a severe problem for agriculture in Ghana, and it is estimated that 45 percent of annual crops get destroyed because of this (National Development Planning Commission, 2010). Consequently, pesticides and herbicides are heavily used to control and eradicate crop pests. Organochlorine pesticides, such as DDT, lindane, and endosulfan are used due to their low cost, high efficacy, and suitability for a broad range of different crops despite harmful effects. Intense agriculture and extensive chemicals use have led to soil depletion in Techiman and the declining soil nutrient levels provide less than ideal conditions for good crop yields.

In Techiman municipal district, only about 10 percent of solid waste is properly disposed of and about half of the generated waste is dumped in open spaces, posing grave risks to human health and the environment. An average of 0.40- 0.45kg of waste is generated per capita in Ghana annually, which adds up to about three million tonnes of waste across the country (Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana, 2012). Faced with these challenges, local NGO Abrono Organic Farming Project (ABOFAP) took the initiative to develop and promote waste processing systems that required minimal mechanical equipment. Their goal was to effectively manage community waste and to utilise organic manure as fertiliser to reduce the presence of POPs in the environment while securing higher crop yields for a growing population.

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Ghana: Abofap and Care International Initiate Youth Empowerment Project

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Abono Organic Farming project (ABOFAP), an NGO based in the Brong Ahafo Region in partnership with CARE International, an NGO based in the country is implementing “The Bank on Change” (BOC) Project in Techiman and Tuobodom aimed at addressing youth unemployment and empowering the youth in financial management.

The Project is also aimed at increasing the wealth creation potential of the youth by strengthening their entrepreneurial and managerial skills, enabling them to start diversifying and expanding their businesses.

ABOFAP, Care International Initiate Youth Empowerment Project

Abono Organic Farming project (ABOFAP), an NGO based in the Brong Ahafo Region, in partnership with CARE International, is implementing “The Bank on Change” (BOC) Project in Techiman and Tuobodom aimed at addressing youth unemployment and empowering the youth in financial management.

The Project is also aimed at increasing the wealth creation potential of the youth by strengthening their entrepreneurial and managerial skills, enabling them to start diversifying and expanding their businesses. It is expected to encourage saving culture among the youth. The initiative is targeted at the youth between the ages of 16 and 35 years, both in schools and those out of school.

The project is being implementing in 60 communities with 145 Youth in Savings and Loans’ Association (YSLA) in the Techiman Municipality and Techiman North District, with a membership of 2760 youth.

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Ghana: Techiman to Benefit From U.S. $ 42,000 Waste Management Compost Plant

Abrono Organic Farming Project (ABOFAP) a non-government organisation based in Techiman is constructing a Decentralised Composting of Organic Fraction of the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region at the cost of US$42,000. 

The project is undertaken in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grant and Rayleco Enviro Engineering Private Limited (REEPL) of India. 

The major component that the project seeks to implement for the Decentralized Composting Organic Fraction of the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) project is the establishment of a Waste Composting Plant in Techiman. The one year pilot project if successful will be handed over to the Techiman Municipal Assembly and the Kenten community in Techiman and replicated to other areas across the country. 

Techiman, being the hub of business activities is battling with waste management challenges, due to its increasing population. Also, rapid urbanisation over the past decades has resulted in high population concentration, not only in Techiman but in major Ghanaian cities, thereby increasing pressure on urban cost and services. Thus, the demand for environmental services such as water and waste disposal has increased tremendously.

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