FASE – Sustainable Farming Systems Extension in Northern Ghana Project
PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN ABOFAP AND CARE International Ghana FROM 2004 TO 2008. The sustainable Farming Systems Extension (FASE) is one of the five components of the Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Management Programme that is being implemented by CARE International Ghana. The ANR programme seeks to contribute to poverty reduction in Ghana through sustainable livelihood for poor and marginalized rural families who depend primarily upon natural resources. Each of the components contributes to the achievement of the purpose of the programme by having objectives and strategies that are linked to the ANR programme. The project started in 2004 and ended in 2008.
The goal of the FASE component seeks is to make extension services available and accessible to at least 9000 small scale farmers on appropriate, viable and sustainable farming systems which respond to their local knowledge and situation.
THE SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES THE COMPONENT SEEKS TO ACHIEVE ARE:
- Operationalize and institutionalize appropriate and relevant community based Extension delivery system, capable of supporting farming activities of poor rural farmers in Northern Ghana.
- Improve the capacity of relevant stakeholders including NGOs/CSOs to support farmer design and implement sustainable farming systems.
- Improve linkages and coordination at all levels of governance for sustainable and pro-poor Extension delivery.
The component is being implementing in partnership with six local NGOs and CBOs in six Districts in the three Region of Northern Ghana and the Brong-Ahafo Region. The districts are East Mamprusi, Builsa, Garu Tempane and Lawra Districts, the rest are Techiman and Bawku municipal Assemblies. The component is in its fourth and final year of implementation.
Successfully implemented a livelihood and environment project dated 2008-2009 in partnership with Concern Universal Ghana
BARLEP-Brong Ahafo Rural Livelihood Enhancement Project
PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN CONCERN UNIVERSAL GHANA (CU), AND ABRONO ORGANIC FARMING PROJECT (ABOFAP) governing the working relationship between these two organizations for the purpose of implementing the Embassy of Ireland Abuja Project funded by the Brong Ahafo Rural Livelihoods Enhancement Project in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana for 12 months between 27th May 2010 and 26th May 2012.
Concern Universal Ghana (CU) has been awarded funding, from the Embassy of Ireland Abuja to contribute to poverty reduction and improved health among vegetable farmers in the Techiman District of the Brong Ahafo Region through increased farm incomes as well as reduction in the use of inorganic fertilizers and inputs.
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES INCLUDE:
- Assist farmers to increase their vegetable production outputs by facilitating year-round vegetable production through access to drip irrigation facilities. Participating farmers will double their output by the end of two years.
- Assist farmers to improve the profitability of their farm enterprise through better enterprise management practices. Through improved planning and coordination as well as cost reduction through reduction in the use of inorganic inputs, the project will assist beneficiaries to increase their earnings by at least 50%.
CU, as the donor partner for this project, is responsible for ensuring that project implementation; management; monitoring and evaluation proceed as described in the project proposal submitted. It is accountable for all projects funds, is responsible for ensuring that funds are spent in accordance with the project budget and is responsible for providing both narrative and financial reports to the donors. ABOFAP, as the local implementing partner will have the responsibility for managing and undertaking the field work, in partnership with concern universal, as outlined in the project proposal.
LEAD – LOCAL EXTENSION SERVICES FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN ABOFAP AND CARE INTERNATIONAL FROM 2012-2014
Objective 1: sustainable and equitable community-based agriculture extension systems that improve natural resource use and management being implemented in 13 communities in Techiman Municipality by December 2012
Objective 2: duty bearers responding to needs of poor and marginalized farmers in 13 communities in Techiman municipality 2014
Objective 3: civil society organizations, networks, and coalitions advocating for sustainable, equitable, and effective ANR policies and implementation at all levels (community, district, regional and national) by 2014.
This subgrant agreement (the agreement) is entered into as of 1st of July 2009 by and between (a) CARE International, a nonprofit organization, (CARE), and (b) Abrono Organic Farming Project, a nonprofit organization, (subrecipient) pursuant to a great (the Grant) made by DANIDA (donor) to CARE to enable CARE to implement Local Extension Services for Agricultural Development (LEAD)
BANK ON CHANGE PHASE II (BOC II)
PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN CARE AND ABOFAP FROM 2013 – 2016. A second phase would allow the program to expand to new areas that need financial services as well as consolidate Barclay effort at promoting financial inclusion for the underserved in Ghana. Project started in 2013 and ended 2016. The BoC2 will target 54,000 people (32,500 new youth and 22,000 existing members), training the new youth to establish 2,350 Saving and Loan association (VSLAs) as well as deepening the impacts and consolidating gains of phase and would be achieved by strengthening the
entrepreneurial and business skill of selected existing members and new youth VSLAs.
New saving groups will be 100% youth focused, and will be formed in existing and new BoC Ghana area, both rural and urban. The population of Ghana is youthful with limited access to financial services, both informal and formal. The program seeks to create opportunities the next generation to develop their entrepreneurial skill, financial literacy and life skills to improve prospect for employment.
Also, the phase 2 proposes to link about 20% of all VSL members to Barclay branches or other formal financial institution in areas where there is no Barclay presence. In addition, more community volunteers (CVs) will be trained to expand and sustain the project. The BoC Ghana phase 2 will facilitate increased potential for wealth creation and will continue to work with approximately 22,000 existing members (80% of who are woman), offering these members, who have already allow successfully adopted the VSLA methodology, to benefit from entrepreneurial and business skill training, allowing them to start, diversify and expand their business.
BoC Ghana will target 2 different type of client: the BoC program will target 54,000 people: 32,500 new youth VSLAs and 22,000 existing members of which 80% are woman. The target beneficiaries for new BoC will be 100% youth, predominantly between the age of 15-25 in both existing and youth groups. They will include youth in school and those have either completed, have dropped out of school or never attended school who have limited or no employable skills and business opportunities. They also have limited access to both formal and non-formal financial services. There are also limited opportunities for employment and inadequate participation in decision making. The youth will be trained to establish youth savings and loan associations (YSLAs) which will inculcate in them the habit of savings and capital mobilization. They will also benefit from financial literacy education, life and employable skill trainings which are critical to the development of their productive life. Access to capital and information will enable them identify, start and sustain viable economic activities.
GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS AND RATIONALE FOR LOCATION
The BoC Ghana will work in 8 Region of Ghana. These will include 5 existing (upper West, Northern, Central, Greater Accra and Volta region) and 3 new regions (Eastern, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo). The rationale for CARE to expand to two new Region( Ashanti and Brong Ahafo is to build on existing youth initiatives in the cocoa growing region and create synergy with youth focused initiatives supported by Cadbury, to engage youth in the cocoa growing region where there is significantly higher percentage of youth. The Eastern Region is also the only area where plan currently work which has not yet benefited from financial inclusion (VSLA) programmes, together, PLAN and CARE would have achieved almost full country coverage and scale in BoCII enhancing Barclays visibility nationwide.
With over 3.7 million VSLA members across sub Saharan Africa between CARE (3.1 million) and PLAN (627,000) more and more evidence show that-even if VSLAs are independent- the scheme itself is not sufficient for group members who are asking for further support to lift themselves out of poverty and continue their pathway to more financial inclusion. The table indicate the type of add on to done in BoCII.
Community waste management, climate smart sustainable agriculture and Livelihood development
PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN ABOFAP AND GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT FACILITY SMALL GRANT PROGRAM (GEF/SGP) FROM DECEMBER 2017 – DECEMBER 2019
Project Number: GH/SGP/OP6/Y3/CORE/CH/2017/02
SUMMARY OF PROJECT STATUS:
Abrono Organic Farming Project (ABOFAP) is implemented community waste management, climate smart sustainable agriculture and livelihood development project in three communities namely Forikrom, Fiaso and Tanoso in Techiman Municipal of Brong Ahafo Region. The project will support other Government initiative into offering women and the youth jobs and training and making them self-supporting.
- Waste management is big challenge due to increasing population in Techiman Municipality.
- Increase land degradation attributed to unsustainable poor land use.
- Excessive use of agro-chemicals in farming, improper farming practice, poor soil and pest management.
- Vegetable farmer in Techiman Municipality depend heavily on agro-chemicals without considering of it short and long term adverse effect on the environment.
The project will support other Government initiative into offering women and the youth jobs and training and making them self-supporting.
By the end of the project about 300 farmers (women and youth) have learnt the techniques of organic vegetable production and 500 household learnt proper ways of waste segregation and disposal.
Moreover, the farmers have increased their income and also reduce the use of agro-chemicals. The train farmers, youth and households will transfer their knowledge to other community members.
Climate Smart Sustainable Agriculture, Community Ecotourism and Livelihood Development
CURRENTLY IMPLEMENTING FOREST AND FARM FACILITY PROJECT PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN ABOFA AND FAO FROM JULY 2019 – 2024 for the benefit of its members and other producer organization through the establishment of grass root and transitional zone round tables.
NB: (Some donors are not comfortable with ABOFAP the P which stand for project we have grown in numbers so we are using the name ABOFA – Abrono Organic Farmers Association for the purpose of this current project).
The FFF and ABOFA have agreed that ABOFA will provide certain services to support the climate smart sustainable Agriculture, community ecotourism and livelihood development for the benefit of ABOFA members and other producer organizations. Through the establishment of grassroots and transitional zone round tables.
This will improve the organization and business capacity of ABOFA to advance in sustainable ecological and Agriculture in the transitional zone of Ghana for the benefit of its members and other FFPO in the transition zone.
The purpose for which the funds provided by FAO under this Agreement shall be
used are the following:
(i) Objective. The Services will contribute to the following Organizational
objective: improve the organizational and business capacity of ABOFA to
advance sustainable ecological agriculture in transitional zone of Ghana
for the benefit of its members and other FFPOs in the transition zone.
(ii) Outcomes. The Service Provider will produce, achieve or deliver the
- ABOFA have clear advocacy agendas that represent all their
members’ interst and engaging in cross-sectoral multi-stakeholder
- ABOFA have capacity to deliver targeted business incubation
services to its members.
- ABOFA contribution to climate resilient landscape level programs
has increased and benefiting its members.
- ABOFA have systems in place to provide social and cultural
services (targeting the most vulnerable members) to its members.
(iii) Activities. The Service Provider will undertake the following activities:
- Hold project inception meeting to provide project details and LoA
- Organize ABOFA general meeting to present work plans and
budgets for approval by members
- Strengthening the capacity of 50 women and youth in group
dynamic, leadership and governance skill.
- Review ABOFA Constitution to become more gender sensitive and
improve membership commitment to internal fundraising.
- Increase collaboration and networking between and among FFPOs,
government and other actors through the transition zone round
- Identify priority business for ABOFA members and undertake
value chain and market assessment.
- Develop business incubation plan for priority business through the
support of business incubation experts.
- Train women and youth in Agro-ecology farming practices and
climate smart Sustainable agriculture.
- Support ABOFA members to access planting materials under the
Government climate resilient programmes
- Identify and prioritize the development of ecotourism opportunities
in the communities
- Identify and develop strategy to ensure ABOFA members benefit
from social and cultural services (internal and external)
Community Training Programme (CTP)
CTP is involved in community integrated development, mobilization, sensitization and organization.
THIS IS ACHIEVED THROUGH:
- Offering training on Organic Agriculture and related fields
- Follow-up of trained community groups
- Campaigning, gender, advocacy and lobbying
- Community mobilization
- Exposition on an enhancement of indigenous knowledge preservation
- Vegetable crops production
- Alternative livelihood options
- Food banking
- Agro-ecology awareness
- Farmer to farmer extension delivery